MA in Marriage and Family Therapy

A master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from University of Massachusetts Global prepares you to support and address the needs of individuals, couples, and families in diverse communities.

Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy Degree Overview

This national online program, designed by scholar-practitioners with extensive clinical experience, is tailored to prepare you for a career as a marriage and family therapist, enabling you to serve your community. Our online master's in marriage and family therapy program meets the requirements for licensure in California and 38 other states.

Students in the MFT program will:

  • Learn to analyze therapeutic problems and challenges of clients using systemic theories and models.
  • Apply systemic / relational clinical interventions in their work as Marriage and Family Therapists.

  • Apply ethical and professional decision-making to issues in psychotherapy.
  • Demonstrate awareness, understanding, sensitivity, and respect for diversity and inclusion.
  • Employ research knowledge to enhance clinical practice.
  • Faculty mentors are available for educational and professional guidance.
  • *Ask your advisor for petition qualifications

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Autobiographical Essay
    • Signed Ethical and Responsibility Statement form
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    No grad level exam required

    This Master’s degree program does not require applicants to take costly exams like the GRE. Why? Because we value your professional and life experience. You should get credit for what you already know.


    Program Curriculum

    • Code Course Name Credits
      Foundation Courses


      PSYU 502 History and Foundations of Therapeutic Practices       


      PSYU 506 Ethical and Professional Issues  


      PSYU 510 Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3
      PSYU 512 Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis 3
      PSYU 514 Couples Therapy 3
      PSYU 516 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
      PSYU 518

      Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and 3 Child Abuse Reporting


      PSYU 520

      Advanced Individual Therapy I


      Foundation Courses Subtotal


      Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis  
      PSYU 502

      History and Foundations of Therapeutic 3 Practices

      PSYU 506 Ethical & Professional Issues  
      PSYU 510 Psychopathology & Diagnosis  
      PSYU 512 Family Therapy Theories and 3 Techniques: A Modern Emphasis  
      PSYU 514 Couples Therapy  
      PSYU 516 Assessment and Treatment of 3 Substance Abuse  
      PSYU 518 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and 3 Child Abuse Reporting  
      PSYU 520 Advanced Individual Therapy I  
      PSYU 522 Individual and Family Development  
      PSYU 524 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity  
      PSYU 526 Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis  
      PSYU 528 Research and Bibliographic Methods  
      PSYU 530 Theory and Practice of Group Therapy  
      PSYU 534 Clinical Assessment  
      PSYU 536 Psychopharmacology  
      PSYU 538

      Assessment and Treatment of Sexual 3 Disorders

      PSYU 542

      Community and Environmental Mental Health



      PSYU 660 MFT Practicum I*: A Systemic Lens of the Developing Therapist


      PSYU 661 Practicum II*: Contextualizing the Content of Therapy


      PSYU 662
      Practicum III*:  Exploring the Therapeutic Process
      PSYU 663
      Practicum IV*: Theoretical Application and Capstone 1
      PSYU 664
      Practicum V*:  Social Context and Capstone 2
      PSYU 665 Practicum VI*:  Beyond the Classroom and Capstone 3


      Practicum Subtotal


      *If a student does not complete the required practicum hours during the PSYU 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665 course series, they will be enrolled in a required PSYU 696 MFT Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Graduate Practicum Continuation Fee. The student will remain enrolled in PSYU 696 until they complete the required practicum hours, or until the student's seven- year program completion timeline has expired. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in PSYU 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, or 696.


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