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Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT)

Enhance well-being. Improve lives.

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

Program Overview

Credit hours 60
Tuition per credit hour $800
Degree Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.)
Program length 2 years
Training Tracks Three options
Application deadline for Fall 2018

February 15 for priority review.

April 1 for standard review (deadline may extend if space is available)


You will take courses such as:

  • Family Theory/General Systems Theory
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy across the Life Cycle
  • Theological Perspectives on Human Behavior
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The Marriage and Family Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

2016-2017 Academic Handbook

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for ACU’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
Accredited: 1983

Minimum Program Length*: 2 Years / Advertised Program Length*: 2 Years / Maximum Time to Complete Program*: 7 Years
Year Students Entered Program** # of Students in Program (optional) Graduation Rate (Minimum Time) Graduation Rate (Advertised Time) Graduation Rate (Maximum Time) Job Placement Rate*** National Exam Pass Rate****
2005-2006 20 0 20 0 20 0 20 0 65% 0 100% 0
2006-2007 20 0 20 0 20 0 20 0 45% 0 92.30% 0
2007-2008 20 0 20 0 20 0 20 0 50% 0 93.33% 0
2008-2009 20 0 19 0 19 0 19 0 31.57% 0 100% 0
2009-2010 18 0 17 0 18 0 18 0 16.66% 0 92.85% 0
2010-2011 14 0 14 0 14 0 14 0 35.71% 0 80% 0
2011-2012 23 0 22 0 23 0 23 0 69.56% 0 94.73% 0
2012-2013 21 0 19 0 19 0 19 0 90.47% 0 100% 0
2013-2014 23 0 22 0 22 0 22 0 95.45% 0 100% 0
2014-2015 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


*Minimum length of time is the shortest time possible that a student could complete the program (i.e., a23 student doubled up on coursework one semester and was able to graduate early). Advertised length of time is how long the program is designed to complete as written. Maximum length of time is the maximum allowable time in which a student could finish the program (i.e., if a student needed to take time off due to illness, family responsibilities, etc.).

**Programs are only required to provide data on the past 10 years/cohorts or since the program was initially accredited, whichever is shorter.

***This is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed within 3 years of their graduation utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program. Masters and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information. Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public.

**** Master programs are required to provide this information. Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master’s programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort.

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What outcomes can you expect?

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

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here

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We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.