Sarasota Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage & Family Therapy Courses & Admissions Requirements
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certiﬁed foreign institution.
- A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
- 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work).
- Applicants with grade point averages lower than the stated program minimums may be considered for admission with significant evidence of academic and professional potential demonstrated by the career and/or professional accomplishments indicated in the statement of academic and professional goals, the career summary, and academic or professional letters of recommendation. Such Admission must be recommended by the Admissions Committee and department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
- A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
- Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.
All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:
- Completed Application for Admission Form.
- Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualiﬁcation for the profession of marriage and family therapy.
- Current résumé (or career summary).
- Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms.
- Ofﬁcial transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
* Students must have successfully completed at least one semester of coursework, which must include the above noted courses, prior to enrolling in. In some cases, students may be required to complete additional coursework prior to enrolling in .
Field Experiences for this degree must be 500 clock hours completed in a marriage and family therapy setting — with 200 direct client contact hours.
The practicum/ﬁeld experience is a required training experience. Students may begin practicum/ﬁeld experience after the successful completion of the required prerequisites. Students are required to attend informational meetings and apply for practicum/ﬁeld study two semesters before they plan to enroll for this experience.
Students earn 3 credit hours each time they register for practicum/ﬁeld experience. All students enrolled in practicum/ﬁeld experience are concurrently enrolled in a practicum/ﬁeld experience seminar led by a faculty member. The seminar meets on-campus throughout the academic year. Special arrangements will be made for students taking practicum/ﬁeld experience at distant locations.
MA in Marriage & Family Therapy degree program students must complete 500 hours of practicum/ﬁeld experience in a marriage and family therapy setting.
Students spend 10 – 25 hours per week in a site that has been approved by Argosy University, Sarasota. A minimum of one-third of the hours is spent in "direct service" as deﬁned below. The remainder of the students' time is spent in "indirect service, " supervision, and "training activities. " Students must receive at least one hour of on-site, individual supervision per week.
- "Direct service" includes face-to-face provision of therapy services to individuals designated as clients by the site. "Face-to-face" service includes hours spent co-counseling with a licensed/credentialed professional.
- "Indirect service" may include community outreach, consultation and/or education, program development and/or evaluation, and support services (e.g., report writing, record maintenance).
- "Training activities" include formal supervision, case conferences, case management/utilization review meetings, rounds, administrative/planning meetings, in-service training/seminars. (Hours spent in attendance at practicum seminar count towards the total number of hours of the practicum/ﬁeld experience.)
Policy on Training Sites with Creedal Statements
Argosy University, Sarasota has a policy of nondiscrimination against students with regard to race, age, ethnic background, and sexual orientation. In addition, Argosy University, Sarasota is committed to fostering the training of individuals who are members of groups that are currently under-represented in the profession of counseling. Practicum/ﬁeld experience sites approved by the school are expected to conduct selection and training in a nondiscriminatory manner. Sites are expected to select applicants without regard to race, sex, age, ethnic background, or sexual orientation unless compelling legal or therapeutic reasons exist for limiting the applicant pool. Sites with a selection policy that disallows students based on any of the above criteria, must notify the school and clarify the legal and/or therapeutic rationale for such policies. Such sites will be approved by the school only if the department chair determines that an adequate legal and/or therapeutic rationale exists for the selection policies.
Capstone Examination Requirements
Students in the MA in Marriage & Family Therapy degree program are required to successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination no later than the end of the ﬁfth year after entering the program. The material covered by the Comprehensive Examination reﬂects all coursework and material required of students in the program.
To be eligible to sit for the Comprehensive Examination, students must have successfully completed all courses, excluding practicum/ﬁeld experience. Courses that are transferred are considered successfully completed. Students taking the Comprehensive Examination must be students in good standing and have a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0). An application to take the exam must be submitted to the campus dean or department chair at least one month prior to the date of the examination.
The Comprehensive Examination is offered twice a year. Consult the department chair for the speciﬁc dates of the examination. All students must submit an application for the Comprehensive Examination. Although letters are sent to students, it is the student's responsibility to know when they are eligible to take the exam and to submit an application.
The department chair reviews students who register to sit for the Comprehensive Examination for eligibility. Students who need special accommodations during the examination are required to request them in writing at the time of application and provide any necessary documentation with the request. Prior to each exam, an open meeting will be held to allow students an opportunity to ask questions about exam preparation and exam procedures. The format of the examination may change from year to year. The format will be discussed at the meetings prior to each exam.
Students are notiﬁed in writing of their exam grade. Possible outcomes are "Pass" or "Fail." If students do not pass, they are required to retake the examination.
Students who fail the Comprehensive Examination are expected to meet with the department chair or appointed faculty to review the problems evident in the examination. The department chair, in consultation with the faculty, will advise the student of speciﬁc areas of weakness and possible strategies for remediation. The student will then be allowed to retake the examination one time within the time frame of program completion.
A student who fails the comprehensive exam a second time will be reviewed by the program faculty. The student may be dismissed from the program or may be required to successfully repeat coursework as determined by the department chair after reviewing recommendations made by the program faculty.
After completion of required remediation, student may be eligible to retake the Comprehensive Examination. Any student who fails the examination a third time will be automatically dismissed from the program.