Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

HBU Online Learning Program

HBU Online was recently ranked #21 of the best marriage and family counseling degrees online as well as the “Most Comprehensive Program.”

About the Degree

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA-LMFT) 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. 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 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Texas. Students complete a three-semester practicum, consisting of a minimum of 700 clock hours, in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist supervisor (LMFT-S), as part of the degree plan. Before becoming a LMFT, the graduate must pass the MFT Jurisprudence Exam and complete a minimum of two years of supervised work experience (3,000 hours) in marriage and family therapy services.

View the Degree Completion Plan.

Admissions Requirements

Official Transcripts – For students pursuing licensure, you are required to submit ALL of your transcripts to the Graduate School.

Two (2) Recommendation Forms –  Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to The Online Graduate School via email at Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid. Applicants waive their right to view completed recommendation forms upon asking a reference to complete the form.

Résumé/CV – Email a current resumé or CV to The Online Graduate School at

GRE Required – Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. Submitted test scores may not be more than five (5) years old. (You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.)

Interview – An admission interview is required.

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