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Marriage and Family Therapy - Master's

Availability: Hattiesburg Options*

Study Marriage and Family Therapy at USM!

If you’re looking for an intensive training experience, consider our COAMFTE accredited MFT program. Our mission is to prepare highly skilled and ethical mental health clinicians. We fulfill our mission through a student-focused process that results in enhanced self-awareness, more authentic relationships, and more effective clinical skills. Our students engage in focused clinical training that includes the provision of 500 hours of direct therapy services through both our on-site training clinic and community placements.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at USM is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Mississippi.

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100%Pass Rate on National Exam
96% Employment Rate within 3 months
6:1 Student Faculty Ratio

What Will I Learn?

Students enrolled in the academic and clinical training in the MFT program advance their knowledge and skills in the following areas:

• Development of genuine relationships with self and others
• Increased self-awareness, healthy boundaries, and self-worth
• Assessment and diagnosis of mental illness
• Joining and creating an effective therapeutic alliance
• Application of therapy models and interventions that promote change
• Enhanced understanding of diversity and global awareness
• Provision of therapy services to individuals, couples, and families

Faculty/Student Mentoring

A hallmark of the MFT program is faculty/student mentoring. Faculty maintain an open-door policy and invite dialogue. Although the program’s focus on personal growth can be intense, faculty are actively engaged in the process through experiential activities, feedback, and group exploration that enhance self-awareness and promote therapist development. Faculty serve as clinical supervisors participating in live supervision and observation in our clinic, where students receive real-time feedback and guidance as they enhance their clinical skills.


Degree Plan Availability
Marriage and Family Therapy MSHattiesburg
  • Psychiatric Unit Therapist
  • Child and Adolescent Therapist
  • School-based Therapist
  • Community Mental Health Therapist
  • Addictions Therapist
  • Private Practice Therapist
  • Colby Pomeroy, 2017 graduate, 
    is employed at the Catalyst Residential Treatment Center in Brigham City, Utah as a primary therapist.
  • Chasity Barbour, 2014 graduate, 
    is a therapist working with children and adolescents at AltaPointe Health Systems in Mobile, Alabama.
  • Benjamin Wood, 2016 graduate,
    is employed with the Gratitude Program at Forrest General in Hattiesburg, MS as a clinical therapist.
  • Jessie Kelly, 2013 graduate 
     is the Clinical Director at Youth Opportunity Investments in Tennessee.
  • Regan Deal-Linton, 2015 graduate,
    is employed as the C-Campus Resource Coordinator at the Center for Child Development at USM.
  • Leslie Anderson, 2012 graduate,
    is currently a doctoral student in the marriage and family therapy program at University of Georgia.