The University of Maryland at College Park offers the only master's degree program in the state approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (CAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in the state. However, both it and Johns Hopkins University offer coursework in other programs that is related to the field, including classes in family mediation, family therapy and couples therapy. Interested students may take these courses as part of a bachelor's or doctoral degree in family sciences or a master's degree in counseling with a mental health focus. Most programs integrate internship work, allowing students to gain hands-on skills in the field.
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University is located in Baltimore and enrolls about 21,000 students. The school offers a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in mental health counseling that includes course and lab work in couple and family therapy. This program, the curriculum of which is aligned to meet state licensure requirements, includes 60 credit hours of study. Students in the program also complete research, a practicum and an internship.
University of Maryland - College Park
Located in College Park, this university enrolls about 38,000 students. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Family Science that requires completion of coursework and a 120-hour internship. Classes related to marriage and family counseling in this program include an introduction to family therapy, family mediation and violence in families.
The school's Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy is CAMFTE-accredited. Students in the program choosing to not write a thesis complete 48 credits of study, while those electing to write a thesis complete 51 credits of study. The program includes a 2-year internship. The curriculum includes courses in topics like family therapy theory and techniques, psychopathology in the family context and couples therapy.
The university also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Family Science that requires 51 credit hours of study, which includes writing a dissertation. Classes in this program that are related to marriage and family therapy include family therapy, professional issues in marriage and family therapy, psychopathology in the family context, couples therapy and issues in family therapy and service delivery.
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Maryland requires that marriage and family counselors be licensed. The Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists is responsible for licensing marriage and family counselors in the state. The board issues two types of licenses: the licensed graduate marriage and family therapist and the licensed clinical marriage and family therapist.
To become a licensed graduate marriage and family therapist, an individual must possess a master's or doctoral degree from a program that is accredited by an agency the board has approved and pass an exam. This license allows the holder to practice in the field for two years while supervised, thereby allowing him or her to acquire the necessary post-graduate experience required to become a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist.
To become a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, an individual must have a master's or doctoral degree from a program that is accredited by an agency the board has approved, have completed at least two years of supervised work experience and pass the marital and family therapy examination created by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Johns Hopkins University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in mental health counseling||$50,510*|
|University of Maryland - College Park||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Family Science,
Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy,
Doctor of Philosophy in Family Science
|$12,896 for in-state and $26,054 for out-of-state students*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.