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M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems*. This program is designed to enhance students’ understanding and use of intervention methods with individuals, couples, and families.



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.

The scheduling of this program is flexibly designed to meet the needs of adult learners. Students are expected to complete the program in 3 to 5 years, and may take courses at their own pace within that time frame. Every required course is offered every semester. Approximately 20% of our students take an accelerated pace and complete the program in 2 years. The majority of our students complete the program in 3.3 years or less.


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


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