Social Work & Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Department
The Social Work
program is a professional degree program (BSW) that prepares students to begin practicing in the field or to pursue graduate studies at the Master of Social Work (MSW) level. Most students are able to complete their BS and MSW in five years because they qualify for advanced standing status, a measure of both the quality of the curriculum and commitment of faculty. Upon graduation, students apply their professional skills and training in ways that improve lives and solve human problems in settings such as hospitals, police departments, mental health clinics, schools, social services, probation and parole services, child welfare, family services, nursing homes and adult care services, children’s services, military facilities, corporations and more.
The Marriage and Family Therapy
(MFT) program is a professional degree program (MS) that prepares students to obtain licensure, and practice as professional marriage and family therapists, upon completion of post graduate clinical experience and passage of the National Licensing Exam (AMFTRB). Most students are able to complete their MS degree in three years, if able to commit at least two days a week to a clinical setting in order to complete the supervised clinical experience requirement of 500 hours. Under extenuating circumstances, students may apply for a fourth year to complete these requirements. Upon graduation and licensure, students are eligible for employment in a variety of settings, including mental health, family service, and substance abuse agencies. Additionally, licensed marriage and family therapists may take on a supervisory role of junior members of the profession. With additional experience, licensed marriage and family therapists may pursue independent practice or adjunct teaching positions.