Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I find my 870 number?

    Find your 870 number. In addition, admission emails and letters from the program will have your 870 number on them
  • How do I create my username and MyVSU email address?

    In order to create your username and MyVSU email address, visit the MyVSU Users Guide
  • Why am I not receiving emails from the program or professors?

    All contact from VSU, your department, your advisor, and your professors will be sent to your VSU email address. The email system has a clutter folder and a junk folder. Check these regularly to ensure that important emails are not getting lost. 
  • How do I know who my advisor is?

    Your advisor will have emailed you shortly after you were admitted to the program. Check your VSU inbox, clutter, or junk folder. Your advisor's name and contact information can also be found in the Admission Information Letter that you received from the program director when you were admitted.
  • How do I register for courses?

    The office of the registrar has a step by step "how to register" in their Registration Guide
  • How do I know what books to purchase?

    Look up the course you are registered for in Banner, and you will find the books that are required.

    If you already know what classes you're taking, books are also listed on the class schedule

  • How many hours should I plan to spend on course work?

    MFT faculty suggest that you spend about 3 hours outside of class for every hour spent in class. 
  • I am struggling in a course. What should I do?

    To help you decide if you should remain in all of your classes, ask yourself: Can I reasonably get all of the work done by the end of the semester? Do I feel comfortable with the material, and do I believe I am gaining mastery over the concepts? But above all, talk with your professor and/or your advisor.
  • What are deficiency points?

    When you earn a grade below a B, deficiency points accumulate against you. Three or more deficiency points result in dismissal from the program. The breakdown of deficiency points is as follows:

    • A – B = 0 points
    • C = 1 point
    • D/F = 2 points
  • I want to slow down in the program, what should I do?

    Speak with your advisor about this decision. They will work with you to adjust your plan accordingly.
  • I am thinking about dropping a course. What should I do?

    Before you drop your course, talk with your advisor to discuss how this will impact your plan of study, financial aid, and your graduation date.
  • How do I know if I am meeting licensure requirements?

    Our program is designed to meet all requirements for MFT licensure in the state of Georgia. If you are interested in a brief discussion of licensing in Georgia and other states, go to the Student Resources link and click on the Licensure accordion.
  • Are there other electives I can take?

    The MFT curriculum including electives, as designed, meets Georgia licensure requirements.  You are allowed to take electives other than the ones offered by the program, but they must be graduate level courses (i.e. electives in psychology, business, art, etc.) and they must meet elective requirement for Georgia and/or other state licensure. Please see your advisor for more information. 
  • Why do I need three MFTH 7650 courses?

    MFTH 7650 designates elective courses. To graduate from the program you need 5 elective credit hours. As currently offered, there is a 3-credit elective, which is typically taken your first Fall, and two 1-credit courses, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, typically taken during your second year in the program. Check out our course descriptions and typical two year plan for more information.
  • Why do I need two MFTH 7103 courses?

    MFTH 7103 designates advanced theories seminar courses. To graduate, each student needs to complete 2 credits of this required course. As currently offered, both 1-credit courses are completed in Fall and Spring of your second year in the program.  
  • What are the comprehensive exams?

    The program requires that you pass two comprehensive exams. These comprehensive exams are for you to exhibit your knowledge up to the specific point you have reached in the program. Comprehensive Exam 1 is completed in your first year. Comprehensive Exam II is completed during your second practicum. Information about Comprehensive Exam II can be found in the MFT student handbook.
  • Can I start practicum early?

    Yes, sometimes. There are some years in which faculty have been able to allow students to start practicum in the summer of the student's second year. This depends on the number of students needing to be enrolled in practica, which are kept to six students per practicum. This does not happen every year
  • Can I start my internship early?

    Students can only begin internships once they are registered for MFTH 7600: Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy. See Tabitha McCoy for more information regarding internships.
  • Is there flexibility in my plan of study?

    Somewhat. We are an COAMFTE accredited program, so the curriculum is standardized to meet accreditation requirements. If you wish to change your Plan of Study, please talk with your advisor.
  • I am having trouble with my computer connection. Who can help?

    Information Technology is a good contact for all computer troubles.