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M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

A Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is designed to enhance students’ understanding and use of intervention methods with individuals, couples, and families.

Through the program at Saint Mary's, you'll deepen your understanding and skills in facilitating relational health with a diverse client base. And true to our practitioner-based learning model, all instructors are experienced therapists who engage in clinical practice. You'll benefit as you gain confidence through trained therapy simulations, all of which are supervised by licensed professionals.

Saint Mary's curriculum in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program meets the educational requirements for MFT licensure with the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are mental health professionals who are trained in psychotherapy and family systems. They are licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders with individuals, couples, and family systems.

Marriage and Family Therapy Program Handbook (PDF)

Cohorts

Applications for the program are accepted through February 1 of each year. Students admitted to the program will be part of one of two cohorts:

  • The fall cohort, beginning in late August, is flexibly designed for working adults. Courses are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and the cohort will take nine semesters, or three years, to complete.
  • The summer cohort, beginning in early May, is intended for students who wish to finish the program at a more accelerated pace. Courses are held throughout the day and evening on Mondays, and the cohort will take 7 semesters, or 2.3 years, to complete.

Accreditation

COAMFTE logo

The Marriage and Family Therapy programs at Saint Mary's are accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Graduates of a COAMFTE accredited program increase the portability of their degree and are better positioned to meet licensing requirements in a number of states (most states base their educational requirements on COAMFTE standards). Specialty accreditation requires programs to maintain rigorous training and outcomes. It is a recognized method for ensuring competence of faculty and the curriculum.

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Accredited: July 2008

Minimum Program Length*: 2
Advertised Program Length*: 5
Maximum Time to Complete Program*: 5
Year Students
Entered Program**
# of Students
in Program
Graduation
Rate
(Minimum
Time)
Graduation
Rate
(Advertised
Time)
Graduation
Rate
(Maximum
Time)
Job
Placement
Rate
National
Exam
Pass
Rate*
2005-2006 20 40.00% 65.00% 65.00% 100% 100%
2006-2007 21 57.14% 71.43% 71.43% 100% 100%
2007-2008 19 57.89% 89.47% 89.47% 94.12% 100%
2008-2009 15 66.67% 86.67% 86.67% 100% 100%
2009-2010 9 0.00% 66.67% 66.67% 100% 100%
2010-2011 10 40.00% 60.00% 60.00% 100% 100%
2011-2012 9 44.44% 77.78% 77.78% 100% 100%
2012-2013 5 20.00% 40.00% 40.00% 100% 0.00%
2013-2014 2 50.00% 50.00% 50.00% 100% 0.00%
2014-2015 2 50.00% 50.00% 50.00% 100% 0.00%
2015-2016 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

*The Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy provides an annual report of the aggregate number of graduates from an institution who sat for, and passed, the AMFTRB National Exam. No data by individual name is available. National exam data is not separated by the Minnesota Board of MFT by degree (MA vs. PDI). Per the Minnesota Board of MFT:

Calendar year Number of
Saint Mary's graduates
who took the exam
Number of
exams passed
National exam
pass rate
2008 26 17 65.40%
2009 49 37 75.50%
2010 51 39 76.50%
2011 57 41 72.90%
2012 78 60 76.90%
2013 77 66 85.70%
2014 94 69 73.40%
2015 88 72 81.82%
Jan - June 2016 43 30 69.77%

 

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Accredited: July 2008

Minimum Program Length*: 3
Advertised Program Length*: 5
Maximum Time to Complete Program*: 5
Year Students
Entered Program**
# of Students
in Program
Graduation
Rate
(Minimum
Time)
Graduation
Rate
(Advertised
Time)
Graduation
Rate
(Maximum
Time)
Job
Placement
Rate
National
Exam
Pass
Rate*
2005-2006 61 68.85% 78.69% 78.69% 98.08% 97.50%
2006-2007 90 54.44% 71.11% 71.11% 100% 100%
2007-2008 78 51.28% 67.95% 67.95% 100% 100%
2008-2009 98 46.94% 71.43% 71.43% 98.67% 98.11%
2009-2010 130 70.59% 95.10% 95.10% 99.02% 100%
2010-2011 152 56.58% 80.26% 80.26% 96.72% 98.28%
2011-2012 126 57.14% 75.40% 75.40% 98.95% 97.44%
2012-2013 115 62.61% 65.22% 65.22% 92% 100%
2013-2014 107 31.78% 31.78% 31.78% 88.24% 100%
2014-2015 62 3.23% 3.23% 3.23% 100% 0%
2015-2016 57 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

 

*The Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy provides an annual report of the aggregate number of graduates from an institution who sat for, and passed, the AMFTRB National Exam. No data by individual name is available. National exam data is not separated by the Minnesota Board of MFT by degree (MA vs. PDI). Per the Minnesota Board of MFT:

Calendar year Number of
Saint Mary's graduates
who took the exam
Number of
exams passed
National exam
pass rate
2008 26 17 65.40%
2009 49 37 75.50%
2010 51 39 76.50%
2011 57 41 72.90%
2012 78 60 76.90%
2013 77 66 85.70%
2014 94 69 73.40%
2015 88 72 81.82%
Jan - June 2016 43 30 69.77%

 

Gender Headcount Percent
Female 21 62%
Male 13 38%
     
Race/ethnicity unknown Headcount Percent
Nonresident Alien 0 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown 1 3%
Hispanic/Latino 2 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 3%
Asian 0 0%
Black or African American 2 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 0%
White 28 82%
Two or more races 0 0%

 

Collected by the Office of Institutional Research: Faculty included are faculty and supervisors teaching a marriage and family therapy course in the 2016-17 Fiscal Year.  Data is self-report at time of hire.

Gender Headcount Percent
Female 167 87%
Male 26 13%
     
Race/ethnicity unknown Headcount Percent
Nonresident Alien 1 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown 52 27%
Hispanic/Latino 5 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 1%
Asian 10 5%
Black or African American 10 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0 0%
White 112 58%
Two or more races 2 1%

 

Collected by the office of Institutional Research: Student figures are based on student registration as of the 6th week of classes in the Fall 2016 Academic Year. Data is self-report at the time of application.

Admission

Applicants may apply for admission at any time during the year. The program admits students to begin classes in either the summer or fall. The number of students admitted each year is limited. Admission decisions are based on the applicant's ability to meet the expectations for academic performance outlined in the Program Handbook. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not insure admission to the program.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy in a little more than two years.
  • Cohorts begin in the summer and the fall. 

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Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Three letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

Locations

This program is offered at our Twin Cities location.

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Daniel Lawrence

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor Graduate School of Health and Human Services

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH116

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4529

dlawren@smumn.edu

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