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Graduate Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy

The Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Familiy Therapy is no longer accepting applications as of December 2015.

If you have a master’s degree in a mental health related program that meets the required pre-requisites and you’re interested in specializing in marriage and family therapy, a Graduate Certificate from Saint Mary’s is the right choice for you. This program is designed for professionals already working in the human services field. Courses are tailored to enhance your understanding and use of systemic and relational interventions with individuals, couples, and families. Curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure with the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.


Curriculum 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 & Family Therapy at Saint Mary's

Saint Mary's University offers two marriage and family therapy programs: The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Students in both programs take certain marriage and family therapy courses together.

Applications for the program are accepted through February 1st 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 to pursue the program as part-time students. Courses are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and the cohort will take 9 semesters, or 3 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 all day on Mondays, and the cohort will take 7 semesters, or 2.3 years, to complete.

The Marriage and Family Therapy programs at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 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.

AAMFT Student Achievement Criteria (PDF)

Degree Requirements

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with non-degree programs defined as “Gainful Employment programs” to disclose certain information about these programs.

Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy Gainful Employment Report


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