Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy
If you're looking for premier training in preserving marriage and strengthening families, you've come to the right place.
Our Master of Science degree in marriage and family counseling/therapy is aimed at preparing students to think and practice therapy from a systemic perspective. Throughout the curriculum, students are trained to address family structure and dynamics with direct experience in family violence, sexual abuse and substance-related issues that affect the system and subsystems.
A full-time, cohort experience
While many training programs offer online degrees and part-time opportunities, our program is a full-time, cohort experience that provides all of your clinical and supervisory hours, so you don't have to create your own. Being a part of a cohort, you have a sounding board that aids self-reflection, you have consistent study partners, and you are able to consult on cases together. The program begins once a year in August, so you will join a group of students who you will get to know in each of your classes and through your practicum placements spanning the entirety of the program.
Where knowledge meets experience
What makes our program stand out?
credit hours to complete the degree
licensures through one program
ratio for supervised client contact hours
total hours of face-to-face client contact
Learning beyond the classroom
Make direct clinical application of what you are learning to real life clients while having weekly supervision for those same cases. Completion of the program requires a minimum of 500 face-to-face client contact hours, 200 of which must be family/relational.
Two licensures, one program
Students satisfying requirements for the degree will be academically prepared to proceed toward the marriage and family therapy license in respective states.
We offer two additional courses embedded into the program to meet the academic requirements for LPC. Therefore our students can graduate and immediately pursue licensure for both LMFT & LPC.
A career you can count on
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Application Information & Admission Requirements
Acceptance of an applicant for the Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy is based on a review of all available evidence predictive of probable academic success and professional achievement. To be admitted to the graduate program leading to the Master's of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, an applicant must comply with all general regulations of Harding University. An applicant must complete the following admission requirements.
2. Application Fee. An application fee of $40.00 is required. Fee can be submitted by mail to Department of Mental Health & Wellness, Box 12254, Searcy AR, 72149 or paid with a credit card over the phone after the application is received 501-279-4585.
3. Academic. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and have an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses taken at graduate level at all schools attended. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 overall grade point average, but have relevant work experience since receiving the bachelor's degree, and who are otherwise judged qualified as indicated below, may qualify for admission by taking courses to strengthen academic preparation.
Transcripts. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study must be sent to Harding University, Department of Mental Health & Wellness, 915 E Market #12254, Searcy, Arkansas 72149. E-transcripts can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Entrance Examination. A graduate entrance examination is required of all applicants. Either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (General Aptitude) are acceptable. The MFCT program at Harding University require a minimum of a 385 on the MAT or a 900 in combined verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE tests taken prior to August 1, 2011. On GRE tests taken on or after August 1, 2011, the required score for the combined verbal and quantitative will be 286. When requesting the score from the Educational Testing Service please reference Harding University code 6267.
5. TOEFL. All students applying to the MFT program for whom English is a second language, the TOEFL will be required. Acceptable scores are 80 on the Internet Based Test (IBT) and a speaking sub-score of 27. When requesting the score from the Educational Testing Service please reference Harding University code 6267.
6. Assessment Instrument. Applicants will take the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis as a descriptive assessment of self and interpersonal dynamics. Married applicants are encouraged to have the T-JTA completed by their spouse to assist with relational assessment. Tests are provided at no cost by the Department of Marriage & Family Therapy.
7. Letters of Recommendation. A minimum of three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant's academic and work experience is required. Applicants already working in the mental health field should obtain at least one letter of recommendation from a current supervisor. The letters should be sent to the Department of Mental Health & Wellness, 915 E Market #12254, Searcy, Arkansas 72149 or email@example.com.
8. Resume. The applicant will need to email a copy of their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Statement of Professional Goals. The applicant must write a statement of his/her professional goals, emphasizing those life experiences which are relevant to the field of marriage and family therapy/mental health counseling. This statement should enable the committee to learn more about the applicant as a person. Statement of Professional Goals (pdf) The statement should be sent to email@example.com.
Screening and Notification of Acceptance. The admission process includes evaluation of your GPA, the GRE or MAT, letters of recommendation, your goals, the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis and an interview with faculty. The initial screening is based on the first four criteria. Students who are qualified are then invited for an extended introduction to our program and an interview with faculty. Final student selections are made shortly after the interviews and are based primarily on the perceived "fit" between the student and graduate program.
Requests for information regarding financial assistance should be directed to Dr. Jon Roberts (501-279-4257).
Requests for information regarding housing should be directed to Mrs. Kathy Allen (501-279-4256).
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The following are a listing of the scholarships available at present for students enrolled full-time in the Marriage in Family Counseling/Therapy program. (All admitted students will be considered for scholarships)
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 MFCT 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 MFCT 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 Counseling/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.