Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapy is not about the number of people and the room, but instead is a way of conceptualizing problems within their relational, historical, developmental, social and multigenerational context. Rather than focusing on the individual as a source of dysfunction, marriage and family therapists explore how the contextual factors above create difficulty for individuals, couples and families. The overarching goal of marriage and family therapy is to help people have healthy, meaningful and vibrant relationships that support individual, familial and social wellbeing. A master’s degree in marriage and family therapy trains students in this life-giving art and is required for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

Marriage and family therapy is not about the number of people and the room, but instead is a way of conceptualizing problems within their relational, historical, developmental, social and multigenerational context. Rather than focusing on the individual as a source of dysfunction, marriage and family therapists explore how the contextual factors above create difficulty for individuals, couples and families. The overarching goal of marriage and family therapy is to help people have healthy, meaningful and vibrant relationships that support individual, familial and social wellbeing. A master’s degree in marriage and family therapy trains students in this life-giving art and is required for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

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Application Deadline (Priority)

February 17, 2023

Application Deadline

March 17, 2023

Application Deadline (Extended)

June 1, 2023

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Program Structure

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

This degree prepares you to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapy National exam administered by the Association of Marital & Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB). The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is also available as an online .

Tracks

Marriage and Family Therapy, MMFT (MFTH)

Thesis Track, MMFT (MFTT)

Required Hours

Program length: 2 years
Credit hours: 60
2022/2023 tuition per credit hour: $1316

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Example Coursework

Family Theory/General Systems Theory
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy across the Life Cycle
Theological Perspectives on Human Behavior

See full degree plan in the catalog.

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Department

Marriage and Family Studies

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: February 17
Standard Deadline: March 17
Extended Deadline: June 1

Interview Dates

Priority: February 24
Virtual: March 24
Standard: March 31

About the MFT Program

Our goal is to produce excellent, ethical and diversity-respecting marriage and family therapists ready for clinical practice or doctoral work. Our program prepares students for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and graduates commonly pursue careers in private practices, churches, schools, adoption agencies, residential treatment centers, and family service agencies, or they pursue doctoral work in marriage and family therapy. We prepare students through our commitment to excellent teaching practices and the 500-hour clinical internship in our on-site therapy clinic, the Marriage and Family Institute. We prepare students for doctoral work through rigorous assignments, course work in research methods and statistics, and our optional thesis track.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the $65 application fee
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent. If you attended a college or university located outside of the United States, a transcript evaluation by World Education Services is required
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA;
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A written purpose statement declaring why the applicant wishes to study marriage and family therapy at ACU and what he or she plans to do professionally upon graduation
  • Complete the psychosocial history form
  • An on-campus interview with the faculty. The personal interview for applicants residing outside the continental United States can be done via Zoom.
  • If admitted to the program, students will be subject to a background check.

The mission of the Department of Marriage and Family Studies is to equip students to strengthen family relationships and solve personal and relational problems through child and family services or therapeutic intervention while cultivating Christian leadership and character in each student. The graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy accomplishes this mission through:

  •  Introducing students to a broad range of therapeutic models;
  •  Providing an exceptional clinical training experience;
  • Exploring Christian principles related to the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Encouraging students to cultivate their own spiritual beliefs and worldviews;
  • Equipping students to work with diverse and marginalized communities;
  • Encouraging development of professional identity and leadership; and
  • Creating a culture of research.

Students will gain real-world experience through a 500-hour internship in our on-campus multilingual Marriage and Family Institute. Clinical experiences begin during your first semester and continue throughout the program. 

More about MFI

ACU offers the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy in two formats:

  • Thesis: Ideal for those aspiring to a doctoral degree, you’ll participate in an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member. Review the list of courses and all descriptions at the button below

THESIS FORMAT

  • Non-Thesis: In lieu of a thesis, you’ll collaborate with other MFT students under the direction of a faculty member to complete a research project. Review the list of courses and all descriptions at the button below

Non-Thesis Format

Departmental scholarships are available. Departmental scholarships are based on merit, are first-come, first-serve, and generally range from 10-50% of tuition. Most students with at least a 3.0 GPA will receive a scholarship. Because of the need for Spanish-speaking therapists in Abilene, additional scholarships are available for students able to conduct therapy in Spanish. Scholarships are awarded after students are admitted to the program.

Your MFT degree and clinical experience are an essential cornerstone of becoming an LMFT, but your journey doesn’t stop here. Our program prepares you for licensure in Texas and in order to begin practicing professionally, you’ll need to take and pass the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards’ MFT National Examination. Understand more about this national exam, what is required for licensure in Texas, and what other states require at the buttons below.

National Exam

Texas Requirements

Requirements in other states

The M.M.F.T. program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). COAMFTE accredits master’s degree, doctoral degree and post-graduate degree clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy throughout the U.S. and Canada.