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 22% faster than the average occupation through 2029. Learn the skills and theory to help couples, families, and systems change in a program designed to prepare students for professional licensure with ACU’s online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT).

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 22% faster than the average occupation through 2029. Learn the skills and theory to help couples, families, and systems change in a program designed to prepare students for professional licensure with ACU’s online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT).

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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

And how does that make you feel? Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

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.

Program Structure

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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.

Professional Licensing Disclosure for the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy through Abilene Christian University’s Online MFT Graduate Degree.

 

TRACKS

Child and Adolescent Therapy
General
Medical Family Therapy
Therapy with Military Families
Treatment of Trauma

Required Hours

60 hours
33 months minimum

Example Coursework

Family Theory
Systemic Diagnosis & Assessment
Cultural Diversity in Family Therapy
Couples Therapy

Upcoming Start Dates

October 19, 2021
January 11, 2022

COMMON PLACES OF PRACTICE

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

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.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

MFT Student Achievement Data 2021. Reach out to ACU Online for clarification.
Respect for DiversityThe Online Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is committed to creating a learning context that is characterized by the inclusion of multiple groups in the student body and faculty. Further, the faculty and program leadership view matters of diversity as integral to the foundational curriculum and foundational practice component. Read our full commitment statement here.
Download the full statement here (PDF).
MMFT Diversity Chart. Reach out to ACU Online for more information
  • $825 per credit hour
  • $470 per credit hour for Internship courses

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Sara Salkil, Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy

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.

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COAMFTE

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.

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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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Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Overview with Program Director Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil

Hear from the program director of the online MFT, Dr. Sara Blakeslee Salkil to hear how ACU prepares you to serve families in need.

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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelors from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Submit 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?
  • Supply three letters of recommendation.
  • Have a quality of life that reflects high moral standards.
  • A video conference interview with the program director may be requested.
  • 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 more information, please refer to the MFT student handbook.

COAMFTE

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at ACU Online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).