A PROGRAM FOR FUTURE FAMILY COUNSELORS

With Nova Southeastern University’s Couple and Family Therapy Dual Admission program, you’ll build upon a strong foundation to develop clinical excellence and prepare for a rewarding career helping families. You’ll earn both your bachelor’s and your Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy in four years and six semesters, so you can streamline earning your advanced degree.

 

Graduate students have the opportunity to work in a supervised, state-of-the-art, on-site community clinic and then pursue off-site experiences with our community partners.

FARIHA NIAZI, PH.D., LMFT, LMHC | INTERIM CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF COUPLE AND FAMILY THERAPY

 

NSU’s curriculum is built upon a learning system that helps you develop theory in conjunction with a hands-on practicum. You’ll learn how to work with families in crisis and help individuals develop mechanisms to better understand themselves and the world they live in. Our coursework delves into cultural and sexual diversity and marginalized groups, and you’ll graduate ready to help.   

What Can You Do with a Family Therapy Master’s Degree?

NSU’s M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy program is designed to help students develop clinical excellence and prepare for careers as marriage and family therapists. Training is concentrated on brief, interactional models of family therapy, preparing our graduates to practice in a time-sensitive, cost-effective manner.

Through clinical experience and expert faculty guidance, you’ll gain the ability to work with culturally and sexually diverse populations and marginalized groups in individual, couple, family, group and organizational settings.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUPLE AND FAMILY THERAPY

Related Careers

  • Therapist at private practice
  • Family counselor
  • Managed care professional
  • Childcare or educational professional
  • Social work

 

Competencies

  • Skilled individual and group counseling
  • Ability to connect with people in crisis
  • Strong listening, interpersonal and dialogue skills

Career Potential

22% Growth

Job Outlook 2018–2028

$49,610

Median Pay 2019

55,300

Number of Jobs as of 2018

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

A Dual Admission program is available to qualified freshman and transfer students, allowing them to complete a combined bachelor's degree and master’s degree in couple and family therapy four years and six semesters.

After successfully completing a four-year undergraduate degree at Nova Southeastern University (see requirements chart below), students are eligible to immediately start their Master's in Couple and Family Therapy.

Degrees Earned

You can earn any bachelor’s degree and your Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy.

Program Length

Earn your bachelor’s in four years and your master’s in six semesters.

Interview Required

Students applying for dual admission must interview during Shark Preview Weekend, an exclusive admitted student event.

Deadline to Apply

Fall Admission: February 1

Eligibility

To be considered for dual admission and fill your reserved seat in graduate or professional school, there are some requirements you must meet. Undergraduate Admission Requirements are for first-time in college students applying to earn a bachelor’s degree. Graduate Admission Requirements are the standards students need to maintain, while earning their undergraduate degree, to remain eligible for the graduate or professional program.

For students applying for fall admission who are initially unable to take the SAT or ACT due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your admission counselor directly prior to submitting your Premier Programs application.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

High School

3.0 Weighted GPA
(First-Time Students)

ACT/SAT

21 Composite ACT
1080 Total SAT

College

Minimum 30 Transfer Credits
3.0 GPA
(Transfer Students)

Graduate Admission Requirements

Keep your dual admission status while you earn your bachelor’s.

Dual admission reserves your seat in NSU’s M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy, but you must still complete a graduate application once you finish your bachelor’s degree.

Keep in mind that these are the basic requirements, and final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the School of Law.

 

Degree Required

You must complete a bachelor’s degree in any major you choose. Additional prerequisites may be communicated upon admission.

GPA

You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Additional Requirements

College credits that were earned through advanced high school programs such as AP, IB or college academy—or in summer coursework following high school graduation, prior to attending NSU—may transfer to NSU.

Students who enter NSU with earned college credits through advanced high school programs may be able to complete their degree and program requirements earlier than scheduled and request to enter their graduate professional programs earlier as well.  

Please contact your admissions representative for more details regarding high school transfer credits.

Ready for the Next Step?

Here's how to apply.

Dual Admission is just one of NSU’s distinctive Premier Programs. These programs are designed to help highly motivated students accelerate their success, and most offer at least $20,000 in annual scholarships.

You can apply for just about any combination of the following Premier Programs:

• Dual Admission
• The Fischler Academy of Education
• Huizenga Business Innovation Academy
• Razor’s Edge Scholars

You may apply for and be admitted into only one Dual Admission program for your first semester. Each program is unique and has its own eligibility requirements.

Questions? Browse FAQs

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application or the Common App to apply to Nova Southeastern University.

Submit a Supplemental Application

Complete the supplemental Premier Programs application for fall entry.

Interview During Shark Preview

If you’re admitted to NSU and submit the supplemental application, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.