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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.

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 for Certificate (PDI)
AAMFT Student Achievement Criteria for MA


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. Admissions 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 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. 

Applications are due by February 1 for all students who wish to begin the program the following summer or fall. Applications must be complete in order to be considered. After preliminary review of applications by the admission committee, selected applicants will be invited for an admission interview. 

Degree Requirements


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