Marriage and Family Therapy Master of Science (M.S.)
Welcome! Chances are, if you're here, you have an interst in learning how to help people nagivate life's difficulties. With a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you can develop the skills necessary to help individuals, couples, and families navigate life’s challenges and improve their well-being. Our program focuses on developing ethical, systemically minded, multi-culturally sensitive, attachment-oriented and trauma-informed mental health clinicians who go on to work as therapists within an agency, hospice, hospital setting, or community and private clinics.
- Training in the utilization of distance technology to deliver mental health treatment to underserved populations.
- Advanced training opportunities in trauma-informed and relationally based care, including:
- Gottman Level 1 training
- Attachment-Based Family Therapy training
- Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)
- An on-campus training facility, the Couple and Family Clinic at UNL’s Family Resource Center, consisting of five therapy rooms, multiple observation rooms and state-of-the-art recording technology.
- 12-month internship placements in urban and rural settings. Examples include UNL's Student Housing and distance therapy for underserved populations.
Program At A Glance
|Total Credit Hours||Completion Time||Cohort Size||Next Application Due:|
|53 hours||24 months||8-12||Dec. 1, 2023|
Application to this program
This program can be completed in 2 years, including summers, involving 53 credit hours of course work requirements. The Marriage and Family Therapy Handbook contains detailed information on our coursework requirements, professional and developmental expectations, program calendar, and policies and procedures of the Couple and Family Clinic; however, the following is a short list of the program requirements:
Training involves academic course work (53 credits) and supervised clinical experience. Each trainee must complete a 12-month practicum experience in which the student works with clients both at the on-campus clinic and an off-campus community agency
- Students must acquire a minimum of 400 direct contact hours, with at least 150 of which are relational. However, most students graduate with 500+ hours having worked with individuals, couples, families, and relational groups.
Supervised Clinical Experience: The supervision of clinical experience is essential during the training phase of providing therapy to individuals and families. The majority of MFT faculty members are Approved Supervisors or Supervisor Candidates with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Faculty supervisors meet with the students weekly in both group and individual supervision. Supervision with faculty supervisors typically involves students presenting videotapes of their clinical work, or live observation of providing therapy. The faculty supervisors work with the community agency supervisors throughout the practicum year.
Required Core Classes:
|CYAF 846||Addiction and Violence|
|CYAF 865/863||Research Design and Methods or Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research|
|CYAF 870||Multicultural Competencies in Mental Health Treatment|
|CYAF 951||Theoretical Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy|
|CYAF 952||Psychopathology and Dysfunctional Interactions|
|CYAF 953||Issues and Ethics for Family Professionals|
|CYAF 954||Clinical Assessment|
|CYAF 955||Clinical Family Therapy|
|CYAF 956||Couples and Sex Therapy|
|CYAF 997||Advanced Practicum in Family Therapy (a 4-course series)|
*The College of Education and Human Sciences requires all students admitted into a campus program to complete a background check before the start of their first semester.
Cost of attendance will differ from one student to another. Please see the Graduate Studies' tuition and fees webpage for more info.
Deadline: December 1, 2023
Required materials:1. Graduate Studies Application
2. Unofficial Transcripts
4. Statement of Professional Goals
5. Three Letters of Reference
Other Application Materials