Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

ACU’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program prepares you for Christian service and leadership in a variety of secular and faith-based settings where you can help families and couples work through and cope with difficult issues.

As our world become more complex, more and new challenges face families of all shapes and sizes, from financial to emotional. This means the need for professionals in this area is on the rise: The Department of Labor reports that this career field will grow faster than the average occupation through 2024.

ACU’s graduate program in marriage and family therapy combines theory and clinical training, including a 500-hour internship, typically at ACU’s on-site Marriage and Family Institute. Learn about other internship opportunities in Abilene.

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of families in your community? Talk to us today or apply now.

Note: This degree is also available online. 

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What outcomes can you expect?

  • Marriage Counselor
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Addiction Counselor
  • Clinical Program Director
  • Case Manager

Admission Requirements

  • Complete an online application; 
  • Pay the $50 application fee; 
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent. If you attended a college or university located outside of the United States, a transcript evaluation by World Education Services is required; 
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA; 
  • A minimum GRE score of 280; 
  • Three letters of recommendation;  
  • A written purpose statement declaring why the applicant wishes to study marriage and family therapy at ACU and what he or she plans to do professionally upon graduation;  
  • Complete the psychosocial history form
  • An on-campus interview with the faculty. The personal interview for applicants residing outside the continental United States can be done via telephone, Skype or Google Chat.
  • If admitted, students may be subject to a background check and must maintain a quality of life that reflects high moral standards.

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Degree Details

Marriage and Family Therapy, MMFT (MFTH)


Tracks

Marriage and Family Therapy, MMFT (MFTH)

Thesis Track, MMFT (MFTT)


Required Hours

Credit hours: 60

Tuition per credit hour: $800

Program length: 2 years


Example Coursework

Family Theory/General Systems Theory

Couples Therapy

Family Therapy across the Life Cycle

Theological Perspectives on Human Behavior


Department

Marriage and Family Studies


Application Deadlines

Priority Review: February 15

Standard Review: April 1 (deadline may extend if space is available)