Seton Hall University

Department of Professional Psychology & Family Therapy

About the Program

Last Updated: 
August 27, 2013

The Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy in the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University contains three Marriage and Family Therapy programs (M.S., Ed.S., and Professional Diploma). The Master's of Science (M.S.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) programs in Marriage and Family Therapy are both part and full-time study opportunities for persons interested in pursuing a career in marriage and family therapy. The M.S. is a 60 credit hour specialization designed to prepare beginning level professionals by providing a firm theoretical foundation and intensive clinical training with a diversity of individuals, couples, and families. The Ed.S. program is a 39 credit hour specialization designed for professionals who possess a master's degree in a related field and who would like to specialize in MFT. Both programs are nationally accredited by AAMFTs Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The Professional Diploma is designed for professionals with a terminal degree, marriage and family therapy experience, and who want to specialize in MFT. The M.S., Ed.S., and Professional Diploma are designed to meet the academic requirements for New Jersey Licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy. The faculty consists of AAMFT Approved Supervisors and licensed MFTs who are highly knowledgeable and passionate about their work with couples and families.


Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Robert F. Massey (director)
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Psychology50%
  Family Therapy50%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 
Master's, Doctoral

Graduate Program

Courses Offered: 
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Personality Theory
  • Psychology of Human Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Couple and Family Dynamics: Systemic Perspectives
  • Statistical Theory and Computer Applications I & II
  • Research Methods
  • Social Cognition and Human Learning
  • Individual Cognitive Assessment
  • Introduction to Projective Techniques
  • Introduction to Rorschach Techniques
  • Cognitive Assessment of Children and Adolescents
  • Personality Assessment of Children and Adolescents
  • Family Assessment Techniques
  • Social Psychology
  • Human Sexuality I & II
  • Gender and Ethnicity in the Family
  • Seminar in Systemic Therapies
  • Couple and Family Systems Techniques I & II
  • Supervised Research in Marriage and Family I & II
  • Seminar in Ethical and Legal Issues: A Systemic Approach
  • Family Systems Research Methods
  • Seminar: Childhood and Adolescent Development in Context
  • Seminar: Adult Development and Aging in Context
  • Seminar in Psychopathology and Systemic Diagnoses
  • Seminar: Systemic Perspectives on Human Pathology
  • Seminar on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Seminar in Psychopathology
  • Foundations of Neuropsychology
  • Advanced Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Neuropsychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents
  • Advanced Assessment and Interventions with Couples and Families
  • Seminar: Gender and Culture in Family Systems
  • Seminar: History, Philosophy and Models of Family Systems
  • Foundations of Assessment and Treatment in Systems
  • Univariate Experimental Design
  • Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • Praticum in Supervision
  • Supervised Teaching in Counseling and Psychology
  • Praticum
  • Internship in Couples and Family Therapy I & II
  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Therapy

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Psychological Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy

In both the M.S. and the Ed.S., the curriculum begins with foundation courses and follow the COAMFTE standard curriculum (theory, techniques, developmental, research, internship). Students are involved clinically throughout the program. A diverse group of students pursue a systemic, multicultural emphasis in training. The Ed.S. is a post-master's degree for those with a relevant master's who wish to re-specialize in marriage and family therapy. The Professional Diploma is for professionals with a relevant terminal degree who wish to obtain a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy.


Doctoral Level

Program Options: 
  • Family Psychology

The doctoral program fulfills the academic requirements for licensing as a psychologist and as a marriage and family therapist. Students engage in clinical work under supervision, research, and classes throughout their studies.


Faculty at Seton Hall University