MA-MFT: Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Leading to Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA-MFT) program is designed to provide graduate coursework to those seeking to work with couples and families as a licensed marriage and family therapist. The program emphasizes the development of research-supported counseling skills, while encouraging students to reflect on their personal values, and to grow in maturity. There will be classes offered online, but there are required on-campus classes due to state mandates.
The coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of Texas. Students complete a three-semester practicum and internships I & II in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist as part of the degree plan. Before becoming an MFT, the graduate must pass the MFT exam and the state Jurisprudence Exam and complete a minimum of two years of supervised work experience (3,000 hours) in marriage and family therapy services.
This degree program is 60 hours of graduate coursework. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher, be admitted to candidacy, and satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.
*Additional Application Requirements*
In accordance with best practices in the field of counseling, applicants who meet the requirements specified by the graduate school will be invited to an interview and orientation. These interviews are typically held about once per month, and may take up to four hours depending on the applicant pool. Interview spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, we encourage you to apply early. We remind you to turn in your application before the deadline set for the semester to which you are applying.
Advantages and Opportunities
The MA-MFT program prepares students to work with couples and families in a variety of settings, such as private practices, counseling centers, hospitals, agencies, and schools.