Students in the marriage and family program must meet with the program director, or associate director to plan his/her courses and to review the plan of study prior to course registration.
In the first semester, full-time students may take nine credits. In subsequent semesters and with permission of the program director, student may take up to 12 credits.
In Class and Online courses
M.F.T. students must take the clinical courses, including 605, 614, 640, 641, 642, 644, 653, and 657 in the classroom at either the Dobbs ferry or Bronx campus. Other required courses may be taken online when so offered.
Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Permission to transfer credits must be requested in writing at the time of admission and official transcripts and course descriptions must be submitted to the chairperson for evaluation. Transfer credit will be granted only for courses taken in the five-year period prior to acceptance
in the Mercy College program and for courses in which the student earned a grade of B or above. Students may request transfer credit for up to six credits. Course with a grade of B- are not acceptable for transfer.
Maintenance of Matriculation
It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. For cohort programs, registration is required during summer session(s). For non-cohort programs, summer registration is not required. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintenance of Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration.
Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course registration will be charged the Maintenance of Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.
Students must complete three semesters of practicum, which include 200 hours at the practicum site each semester. Of this total of 600 hours, 300 must be client contact hours. Students who have registered for all three semesters of practicum but have not successfully accumulated 300 client contact hours are required to enroll in “Clinical Practicum Continuation” each term in order to see clients under supervision until the full 300 mandatory hours are met. No credit, but cost is equivalent to one credit of tuition.
It is expected that Capstone students shall make satisfactory progress with their program’s culminating activity. After the student registers for all sections of their Capstone requirement, they will be given one subsequent term to complete their work.
The Maintaining Matriculation registration must be completed for this subsequent term if no other courses are taken. After this period, a Capstone Continuation fee (equal to the cost of one graduate credit) will be charged for each additional term required to complete the project. Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms.
A student’s degree will not be released until all Maintenance of Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student’s record.
Maintenance of Good Academic Standing
The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by their respective program. Any course in which a student receives a B- or below must be re-taken.
Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0 the student will be placed on academic probation.
All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course the student may be subject to dismissal from the college.
For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student’s program as well as the school dean.
In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once. Plagiarism is grounds for dismissal from the program.
The Marriage and Family Therapy Degree requires completion of course PSYN 710 Clinical Research Project. Registration in this course requires program director’s approval.
Requirements for the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy must be completed within five years from the a date of the candidate’s admission (exclusive of time spent in a the Armed Forces). Exceptions will be made only if a student requests an extension of time in writing and in advance and receives the approval of the director.