Prepare for Licensure and a Rewarding Career
Grow your skills and prepare for a rewarding career with ACU’s online MFT program, crafted for busy working adults just like you. Balance work, life and other commitments while thriving in a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.
New Lower Tuition Rate!
We’re proud to announce the tuition for our online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program has decreased. Students who enroll in our Fall 1 session can take advantage of the $2,500 in savings! Plus, our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire graduate degree.
About the Program
Our COAMFTE-accredited 60 credit–hour online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program combines practical training in couple, family and child therapy, mental illness, substance abuse and addiction, with emphasis placed on assessment and diagnostic processes. Specialize your degree with one of four concentrations, and gain real-world experience that prepares you to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapy National Examination through a 500-hour internship with 100-plus hours of supervision.
All the Details on Your Degree
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 a residential program in Abilene.
33 months minimum, including at least 12 months of Internship
Systemic Diagnosis & Assessment
Cultural Diversity in Family Therapy
Upcoming Start Dates
October 17, 2023
January 9, 2024
March 12, 2024
COMMON PLACES OF PRACTICE
Private and group practice
Community mental health clinics
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Children and teens occupy a specific and evolving role within the family structure. This concentration focuses on their needs and conducting age-appropriate interventions through courses in play therapy, child- and adolescent-specific issues, and related treatment and assessment strategies.
You’ll explore individual and family development for youth through adults and learn to apply these theories to uplift and better assist your patients through interventions. At the same time, you’ll grow your understanding of crisis theory and trauma and their influence on the family structure. Students enrolled in the general track then select electives from other specializations.
Therapy with Military Families
Learn more about how military service and related trauma affect the family structure. Courses touch on violence in family relationships, the lifecycle and common events military families experience and how to treat this specific unit.
Treatment of Trauma
Untreated or ignored trauma has potential to undermine a couple’s or family’s bond. To help couples process and grow in the aftermath, this concentration explores common interventional models, the presence of trauma and violence within relationships and relevant assessment and treatment methods.
Why choose ACU’s Online MFT program?
You will receive practical training in couple, family and child therapy, mental illness, substance abuse and addiction, and assessment and diagnosis. Your online marriage and family therapy graduate program will give you real-world experience through a 500-hour internship. Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of families in your community?
Our MFT degree curriculum is designed to achieve specific program goals with corresponding student learning outcomes.
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- $799 per credit hour
- $470 per credit hour for Internship courses
- $200 resource fee per non-internship course
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil is the program director of the online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is independently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Ohio and Texas and is an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor. Sara grew up in Oklahoma and earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University. She received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from ACU and her doctorate in MFT from Texas Tech University. In addition to her academic work, she serves as a COAMFTE Commissioner and practices part-time.
Student Spotlight: Sarah Gerke
Equipped with a servant’s mind, Sarah Gerke is a full-time mom, wife, camp director, and now student who’s working toward completing her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Passionate about helping others and meeting them where they are, Sarah is on a journey toward becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist to one day operate a retreat place for families and individuals undergoing trauma and loss. With the help of her professors and colleagues worldwide, Sarah is determined to share her story with those who see a need in their community and want to make a difference.
Marriage and Family Therapists versus Psychologists: What is the difference?
Interested in a career where you work directly with people who benefit from your guidance? A Marriage and Family Therapist or Psychologist may be the right fit. Read on to discover the key differences between the two so you can choose the one that best suits your interests.
Student Spotlight: Annette Watts
Returning to school has no age limit, especially for people like Annette Watts. Having completed her online bachelor’s degree in psychology at ACU, Annette is already on the path toward obtaining her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is passionate about assisting families with children with developmental disabilities, like her son. Wanting to encourage others to take a step in faith, Annette is a testament to what can happen when you have a support system and the drive to make a difference.
News Release: ACU receives accreditation for online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program
ACU Online has received COAMFTE accreditation for our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program. The COAMFTE accreditation indicates that ACU’s online program meets or exceeds the established industry standards and prepares students for licensure.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Sara Salkil
“I wanted to give back to a program that gave me so much,” said Dr. Sara Salkil, program director for ACU Online’s COAMFTE-accredited Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program. Check out how she’s done just that and more in our faculty spotlight.
4 Benefits of Becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist
As a marriage and family therapist or counselor, you can make a positive difference while also earning a comfortable income and enjoying flexible hours.