Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

Help clients overcome problems within their families and relationships, as well as mental and emotional disorders with ACU’s online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy.

The need for professionals who can help couples and families work through and cope with difficult issues is on the rise. The Department of Labor reports that this career field will grow faster than the average occupation through 2024. Our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is a 60-hour graduate program that will prepare you for Christian service and leadership in a variety of secular and faith-based clinical, medical or counseling settings. This degree also prepares you to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapy National exam.

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Why Marriage and Family Therapy?

You will receive practical training in couple, family and child therapy, mental illness, substance abuse and addiction, and assessment and diagnosis. Your online marriage and family therapy graduate program will give you real-world experience through a 500-hour internship. Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of families in your community?

Pursue your dream with the right online marriage and family therapy degree. Call us today to talk about our marriage and family online degree program. We understand the cost of graduate school can be overwhelming, which is why ACU offers a variety of financial assistance to qualifying students. Learn more about financial aid options here.

Degree Details

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT)


Child and Adolescent Therapy

Medical Family Therapy

Treatment of Trauma


Program length: minimum of 33 months

Credit Hours: 60

Example Coursework

MFTO 639: Family Theory

MFTO 645: Systemic Diagnosis & Assessment

MFTO 663: Cultural Diversity in Family Therapy

MFTO 610: Couples Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

Application Deadlines

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In what settings can you expect to practice once you’ve completed your Master of Marriage and Family therapy degree?

  • Private and group practice
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Community mental health clinics
  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Adoption agencies
  • Residential treatment
  • Recovery Centers




  Fulltime Faculty

Andrew Jamieson, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor


Jackie Halstead, Ph.D., - Associate Professor


James Morris, Ph.D. - Associate Program Director, Clinical Coordinator


Sara Blakeslee Salkil, Ph.D. - Program Director, Assistant Dean


Admissions Requirements

  • A written purpose statement addressing three prompts:
    • What do you know about the field of marriage and family therapy?
    • Why are you drawn to the field?
    • How will a degree in marriage and family therapy advance your career or ministry goals?
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Quality of life that reflects high moral standards
  • Video conference interview with the program director may be requested. See full ACU online graduate catalog, including admission requirements here
  • Students must earn a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in the first 12 credit hours and receive a minimum grade of B in MFTO 601 Pre-Internship.

For a comprehensive list of admission requirements for our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program, online, please contact a Graduate Advisor.