Marriage and Family Therapist meeting with a couple

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

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.

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. You may also elect to pursue a specialization in Medical Family Therapy, a growing area of interest in the mental health profession, through a 15-credit, 11-month certificate program.

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. (This degree is also available on-campus in Abilene.)

This degree is also available on-campus in Abilene.

We understand the cost of graduate school can be overwhelming, which is why ACU offers a variety of financial assistance to qualifying students, including our new ACU Online Achievement Award. Learn more about this new scholarship and other financial aid options here.

Program Overview

Credit hours 60
Degree MMFT
Program length minimum of 32 months
Tracks 4


You will take courses such as:

  • Family Theory
  • Systemic Diagnosis & Assessment
  • Cultural Diversity in Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
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  • Child and Adolescent Therapy 
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Therapy with Military Families
  • Treatment of Trauma

What outcomes can you expect from our Marriage and Family Therapy master’s programs online?

  • Family Therapist
  • Counselor
  • Health Educator
  • Clinic Director

Admission Requirements

  • A written purpose statement declaring why the applicant wishes to study marriage and family therapy or medical family therapy at ACU and what he or she plans to do professionally upon graduation; 
  • Three letters of recommendation;   
  • Complete the psychosocial history form;  
  • Quality of life that reflects high moral standards; and  
  • Video conference interview with the program director may be requested.

See full ACU online graduate catalog, including admission requirements here
For a comprehensive list of admission requirements for our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program, online, please contact a Graduate Advisor.

Marriage and Family Therapy Session

Fulltime Faculty

  • Sara Blakeslee Salkil, Ph.D. - Program Director, Assistant Dean
  • James Morris, Ph.D. - Associate Program Director, Clinical Coordinator
  • Jackie Halstead, Ph.D., - Associate Professor
  • Andrew Jamieson, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

Ready to Be a Part?

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.