Marriage & Family Therapy
Although the concept of marriage and family enrichment is not new at Harding University, the master of science degree in marriage and family therapy was offered for the first time in the fall of 1993. For more than 70 years, family values have been stressed to Harding undergraduate students.
Harding's goal is to provide quality therapy training that prepares graduates for professional service in churches, mental health facilities, private practices and various other psychotherapeutic settings. The value-oriented foundation is deeply rooted in the spiritual and practical tenants of God's word and a transformational approach with individual and family systems.
This master's degree program is academically challenging and highlighted by intense clinical practica that provide experiential learning with a variety of mental and emotional concerns. The integration of faith, learning and living is evident in a faculty committed to high standards of instruction, ethical practice and building relationships for service.
Marriage & Family Therapy
The master of science degree in marriage and family therapy is a prescirbed course of study aimed at preparing students to think and practice therapy from a systemic perspective. Throughout the curriculum students are exposed to family structure and dynamics with direct experience in family violence, sexual abuse and substance-related issues that effect the system and subsystems.
Completion of the program requires a minimum of 500 face-to-face client contact hours, 250 of which must be family/relational.
The MFT degree is premier training for those interested in preserving marriage and strengthening the family. Students satisfying requirements for the degree will be academically prepared to proceed toward the marriage and family therapy license in respective states.
MFT Program Application
Application Packet pdf Coming soon.
No students will be admitted to the MSMHC program after Fall 2014.
The following are a listing of the scholarships available at present for students enrolled fulltime in the Marriage in Family Therapy program.
General Half Tuition Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded based on a combination of academic exellence, professional goals, integrity, and financial need. There are currently 5 of these scholarships available.
Seth Decker Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund - This scholarship was established in memory of Seth Decker, the son of Cendy and Dwight Decker, a member of the MFT graduating class of 1997. It is awarded based on scholarship, leadership, diligence, demonstrated capability, and financial need. Recipients shall maintain a satisfactory grade point average and a good reputation among faculty and students. The amount is determined on a yearly basis dependent on available funds.
Nancy Meadows Endowed Scholarship Fund for Marriage and Family Therapy - This scholarship was established to honor Nancy Meadows by her husband, Rusty Meadows, a member of the MFT graduating class of 1997. It is awarded based on scholarship, leadership, diligence, demonstrated capability, and financial need. Recipients shall maintain a satisfactory grade point average and a good reputation among faculty and students. The amount is determined on a yearly basis dependent on available funds.
Roger and Mary Luallen Marriage and Family Therapy Endowed Scholarship Fund - This scholarship is awarded to applicants who have completed at least one semester in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. Preference will be given to applicants who are members in good standing of the church of Christ. The amount is $500 per semester.