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*This FAQ pertains to the on-campus ACU MMFT program in Abilene, TX.

The priority review deadline is February 17, 2023.
The standard review deadline is March 17, 2023. (The deadline may be extended if space is available.)

No, students who are interested in applying for the online MMFT program can click here to begin the application process.

No prerequisites are required for the MMFT program.

Yes, the $65 application fee can be paid within your application portal.

Approximately 15 – 20 students are accepted each year.

Students must have a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA.

Yes, an interview is required for admission consideration. On-campus interviews are preferred, however, a virtual interview can be arranged for out-of-state students.

Applicants who participate in an interview will receive an admissions notification soon after their interview takes place.

Yes, the on-campus MMFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Please click here to learn more about the benefits of COAMFTE accreditation.

Yes, students can use their 6 “elective” credit hours to take courses in the Department of Psychology. This allows them to sit for both the LPC and LMFT exams.

Yes, in cooperation with the Graduate School of Theology, the MMFT has developed a path whereby the MMFT students can pursue the  Master of Arts in Christian Ministry or the  Master of Divinity concurrently.

Students complete the MMFT in 2 years. The program is 60 credit hours for non-thesis students and 66 credit hours for students enrolled in the thesis track.

Although most students enroll full time, students have enrolled part time and completed the program in 3 years. Please email Dr. Lisa Merchant at for more information about enrolling part-time.

Transferring from one program to the other is done on a case-by-case basis. To discuss transferring, email Dr. Lisa Merchant at

Yes. ACU MMFT graduates have a high doctoral program acceptance rate. Many of our MMFT students begin doctoral programs immediately after graduating and are very successful.

What types of clinical experiences are offered?

The program combines theory and clinical training, including a 500-hour internship, typically at ACU’s on-campus Marriage and Family Institute. internship opportunities in Abilene.

Cohorts start each Fall. In rare circumstances, students may start in the Spring with Program Director approval. To discuss a Spring start, email Dr. Lisa Merchant at

The cost-per-credit-hour is set each year by the University. 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.

Yes. Courses and clinical opportunities are offered at different times each semester, so students should seek employment that provides flexibility.

Absolutely! Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs at or 325-674-6911 to be connected with the MMFT Program Director and to learn more about Open House events.