Harding University

Department of Marriage & Family Therapy
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The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy consists of 60 semester hours course work, 500 hours of face-to-face direct-client-contact therapy (with at least 50% being with couples and families), and 100 hours of faculty supervision (of which 50% or more should be individual supervision). Recommendation for the granting of the MSMFT degree requires the completion of prescribed course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and completion of the client contact and supervision hours. Students seeking to become Licensed Professional Counselors in Arkansas (and other states) are encouraged to take six (6) additional hours. Practicum in the Clinic may begin during the latter part of the spring semester. Beginning date is determined by client load and contact hours of the second year class. Third semester initiates clinical practicum (3 hours) and nine (9) hours of academic course load. Students will continue practicum for four semesters, and are evaluated continuously during that period. In addition to completion of course work and 500 hours of therapy, students are required to demonstrate pre-professional competence in the following areas before final approval for graduation: personal maturity and integrity, adherence to Harding University's Code of Conduct, conceptual understanding of personal and interpersonal behavior, familiarity with marriage and family theory and therapy literature, coherent therapeutic methodology, insight into own personality, and sound ethical judgment culminating in a satisfactory internship experience.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Lewis L. Moore (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Marriage & Family Therapy
  • 50% Mental Health Counseling
Campus Enrollment
6,500
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

915 E. Market
Box 12262
Searcy, AR 72149-2262
United States

Phone Number
501-279-4347
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • General Systems Theory
  • Basic Counseling Skills
  • Diagnosis of Abnormal Behavior/DSM/Psychopathology
  • Life Span Development/Parent Child Interaction
  • Theoretical Foundations of Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Domestic Abuse (Physical and Sexual)
  • Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues
  • Communication and Language Models
  • Group Process
  • Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy
  • Research Methods
  • Practicum
  • Marital Therapy
  • Whitaker and Brief Solution Focused Models
  • Practicum
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Seminar in Professional Practice
  • Practicum
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychological Testing
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.