FAQs for Prospective Students

What is the admissions committee looking for?

We use five criteria in considering admission but no one criterion is more important than another. We are interested in the ‘whole’ person and so we consider the five criteria collectively in making a decision.


How many apply and how many are chosen?

The number of applicants to our program changes from year to year. Typically we receive 30-35 applications to review.  Usually 15-20 students are invited to visit the program for an interview. We may admit up to 16 students.


Are assistantships and other financial aid available?

Yes, most MFT graduate students receive a stipend through graduate assistantships. Students awarded assistantships commit to work 20 hours per week for faculty in the department or at a clinical internship site. Assistantships are normally awarded for 1 year (fall and spring semesters) and most MFT students are awarded assistantships for both years.

In addition to receiving a stipend, general tuition and the non-resident fees are frequently waived for students who hold graduate assistantships. Assistantships are not available for part time students.


How long does it take to complete the program?

Full-time students usually complete the program in two calendar years. Part-time students often take three to four years to finish.


When do you make final admission decisions?

Applications are due February 15. After reviewing all applications, those students selected will be invited for in-person interviews will be contacted and invited for a specific interview date. We begin interviews in early March and endeavor to have interviews completed by mid-April.


When will I see clients?

To begin practicum, students must have successfully completed 12 semester hours of coursework, and been screened for admittance into the clinical practicum. You will begin seeing clients during the second semester in the program at the Clinic for Family Therapy, our on-site training clinic.


Where will I see clients?

All students must see clients at the on-site training clinic, The Clinic for Family Therapy, during their first year of clinical practicum. During the second year of clinical practicum, most students are placed in one of our approved externship sites. Those placements include community mental health care, psychiatric hospital, school-based family therapy, and residential addiction treatment facilities.


What sort of supervision do students have?

Students are closely supervised by faculty members who are Approved Supervisors. Supervision occurs weekly and includes live observation of your clinical work, case report, and review of videotapes. Students receive tremendous support throughout their clinical training from the faculty and staff at Southern Miss.