Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.
About the Program
Our COAMFTE-accredited 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.
All the Details on Your Degree
This degree prepares you to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapy National exam administered by the Association of Marital & Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB). The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is also available as a residential program in Abilene.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Medical Family Therapy
Therapy with Military Families
Treatment of Trauma
33 months minimum
Systemic Diagnosis & Assessment
Cultural Diversity in Family Therapy
Upcoming Start Dates
October 19, 2021
January 11, 2022
COMMON PLACES OF PRACTICE
Private and group practice
Community mental health clinics
Why choose ACU's Online MFT program?
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?
Our MFT degree curriculum is designed to achieve specific program goals with corresponding student learning outcomes.
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- $825 per credit hour
- $470 per credit hour for Internship courses
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil is the program director of the online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services and the Certificate in Medical Family Therapy programs. She is independently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Ohio and Texas and is an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor. Sara grew up in Oklahoma and earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University. She received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from ACU and her doctorate in MFT from Texas Tech University. In addition to her academic and clinical work, she is a member of the Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist licensing board in Ohio and a member of the Governance Leadership Identification Task Force with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She also practices part-time.
News Release: ACU receives accreditation for online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program
ACU Online has received COAMFTE accreditation for our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program. The COAMFTE accreditation indicates that ACU’s online program meets or exceeds the established industry standards and prepares students for licensure.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Sara Salkil
“I wanted to give back to a program that gave me so much,” said Dr. Sara Salkil, program director for ACU Online’s COAMFTE-accredited Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services and Certificate in Medical Family Therapy programs. Check out how she’s done just that and more in our faculty spotlight.
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