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School of Child and Family Sciences

Marriage and Family Therapy Student Achievement

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808


Student Graduate Achievement:

The MFT Program faculty and staff at Southern Miss are committed to prepare students in the application of family therapy practice and knowledge in a variety of professional and community practice. As expressed in our mission statement, we strive to prepare competent and ethical mental health professionals dedicated to improving the human condition through both prevention and intervention. The percentages in the table below serve as one indicator of student and graduate achievement.

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for University of Southern Mississippi
Accredited: 5/01/1989

Minimum Program Length*: 2 yrs /   Advertised Program Length*: 2 yrs for FT/3 to 4 yrs for PT/   Maximum Time to Complete Program*: 5 yrs

Year Entered the Program # of Students in Program Graduation Rates for Students Graduating within the Advertised Length of Program*  Graduate Job Placement Rates*** National Exam Pass Rate Licensure Rate


8 1 88% 100% 86% 100% 100% 100% 75% 100%


11 0 100% n/a 100% n/a 100% n/a 73% n/a


11 0 82% n/a 90% n/a 100% n/a 70% n/a


11 0 82% n/a 100% n/a 100% n/a 82% n/a


12 0 100% n/a 91% n/a 100% n/a 75% n/a


7 0 100% n/a 86% n/a 100% n/a 72% n/a


15 1 In process n/a In process n/a In process n/a In process In process




*Advertised length of time is how long the program is designed to complete as written. 

**Program are only required to provide data on the past 10 years/cohort or since the program was initial accredited, whichever is shorter

***This is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed within 3 months of their graduation utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program. Masters and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information.  Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public.

**** Master programs are required to provide this information.  Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master’s programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort.


Graduation Rate and the AMFTRB National Exam:

While there have been a number of students since 2005 who have chosen to leave the program due to family crises, personal crises, choosing a different field of study, or some other reason, the vast majority of the students who are selected for our program finish within the advertised time. Students who choose to take the AMFTRB National Exam, a requirement for licensure in the state of Mississippi as well as in many other states, are very successful. With an overall 100% pass rate, our student pass rate is higher than the COAMFTE minimum standard.


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