Marriage and Family Therapy


The Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy enables professionals in the mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, counselor education, social work, psychology, and other human service fields to enhance their knowledge and skills in marriage and family therapy. This is a two-tiered program. The Tier I Certificate is for students enrolled in the Master's Program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling or other professional counseling programs. The MFT Certificate Program prepares students to meet the curriculum requirements for MFT licensure by the Florida Department of Health Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Chapter 491).

This Tier I Certificate is a 15 credit hour program with course content that focuses on systemic approaches to both the theory and practice of Marriage and Family Therapy and includes a supervised practicum course. The supervised practicum course requires 180 hours of face to face time with individuals, couples, and families. Face to face hours from practicum I may be combined with face to face hours from practicum II to complete the required 180 hours. The one stipulation is that you must be receiving supervision from a licensed MFT during practicum I either from your onsite supervisor or practicum instructor.

The MFT Certificate Program is administered within the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Department in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Upon graduation, the Tier I student would be eligible to become registered as both a Mental Health Counselor Intern and as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, and therefore, eligible for dual licensure. The Tier II Certificate is a 12 credit hour program for those students who would like to enhance their knowledge and skill base in the area of marriage and family therapy but who are not interested in licensure, currently not in an advanced degree counseling program, or lack the necessary course work that would prepare them to be license eligible. A practicum course is not required in the Tier II program and does not prepare students for licensure. Upon completion of this certificate program, students will have a theoretical understanding of individual, marital, and family systems, and will learn ways to strengthen relationships, prevent problems from arising within the family, and increase the quality of marriage, family life, and other relationships.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus. Occasionally courses may be offered at the Sarasota campus.

CEU/Licensure Credit

Please visit this website for information on qualifications for licensing in Florida as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Admission Requirements


Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:


None are required.


Track I: 5 required courses equaling 15 credit hours.

Track II: 2 required courses equaling 6 credit hours and 3 electives equaling 9 credit hours.

Track I (15 credits):

Track II (15 credits):


Track II only (Compete 3 of the following courses):

Time Limit

See department contact for current requirements.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 credit hours may be applied to a graduate degree with department approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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