Marriage and Family Therapy

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Graduate Catalog: CPCF

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

Graduate Director:
Dr. Jennifer Connor

Program Overview

Marriage and Family Therapy views and treats individuals seeking psychotherapeutic assistance at existing within a complex set of relationships. The Master of Science program in Marriage and Family Therapy provides academic and experiential training needed to prepare students for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure. To be admitted to the Marriage and Family Therapy focus the applicant must successfully complete a personal interview process with faculty. Careful attention will be given to previous work experience, academic background, scholarship, interpersonal skills and commitment to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Mission Statement

The marriage and family therapy (MFT) program’s mission is to foster highly qualified professionals at the Master’s level, who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to improve the quality of well-being, for individuals, families, and wider social systems within their diverse and multicultural setting. Clinical training gives balanced attention to the range of physical/organic, interpersonal, relational, and cultural/contextual factors that can cause or exacerbate the issues presented for treatment by providing multiple points of intervention designed to positively impact the client’s contextual environment.


The primary goal of the Marriage and Family Therapy program is to train competent therapists to do therapy with a wide range of mental health problems. Therapists are trained to help with concerns about marriage, children, adolescents, mental illness, depression, sexual issues, divorce, family, school, health, and emotional difficulties. 

Accreditation Specific to the Program

The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is the national program accrediting body for the MFT field and is under the oversight of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  

  • Our master's program proudly holds national COAMFTE accreditation.
  • Program accreditation brings national recognition and opportunities to a program, the faculty, and the students.
  • A primary value to graduates of a COAMFTE accredited program is facilitating obtaining a MFT license when students move from one state to another by providing a recognized qualifying degree. 
  • All graduates of the program are considered graduates of an accredited program, and may receive all the rights and privileges of COAMFTE accreditation. View COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria.


Graduates find employment as marriage and family therapists and work for varieties of agencies. Crisis clinics, correctional settings, schools and public and private mental health facilities also employ MFT graduates.

Admission Information

  • Admission is competitive and selection is based on an evaluation of all factors.  Apply by the February 1 priority deadline.
  • Careful attention will be given to previous work experience, academic background, scholarship, interpersonal skill, and commitment to the field of marriage and family therapy.
  • Strong candidates will be invited to interview.
  • Complete a group interview with representatives of the profession, advanced students in the program and the counseling faculty. An interview is required and is held in late February or early March.
  • For specific interview dates and an appointment, contact the departmental secretary. If attendance at an interview is totally impractical, the graduate director may designate an alternate method. 
  • Admission decisions are made after review of applications and the group interviews are completed.
  • Typically, notice regarding admission decisions are made and sent to applicants within approximately 5 weeks of the admission deadline.
  • Applicants can enhance their chance for an admission offer by having all application materials in by the deadline and then demonstrating clear and compelling responses to the interview questions in the group interviews.
  • If the occasion arises in which we do not have enough applicants to fill spaces after the February 1st deadline, we then conduct a second round of interviews in late spring.
  • We admit approximately 18 to 20 students per year, dependent on current enrollment in the program. 
  • The program requests the following items be addressed within the applicant's statement of intent:
    • A brief description of the applicant's background, training and experience.
    • A statement of short-and long-term professional goals.
    • A statement of purpose regarding the interest in your degree program.
    • Identify areas of strength and challenges in pursuing this program.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Priority Application Deadline - February 1 for fall semester admission

Programs with a priority deadline will hold all completed applicant files until the application deadline date, then academic review will begin. The program will review all completed applications at one time (in a pool) and will invite strong candidates to interview as part of the process to award limited spaces. If space remains in the program, a second round of review and possible interviews will be held for completed files received after the priority deadline. 

Wait list Information

  • Competition for limited places in the MFT program requires the necessity of a waitlist.

Length of Program — Measured by Semesters

  • Full-time student: A minimum of five semesters taking an average of 12 credits per semester (including summers)
  • Part-time students can be accommodated and must complete the program within the seven year time frame.
Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Term
    Applications Orientation
Year One CEEP 678
MFT 619
MFT 621
MFT 668
MFT 659
MFT 620
MFT 669
MFT 671
MFT 675
MFT 628
MFT 624
Year Two MFT 627
MFT 658
MFT 696
MFT 699 -- Plan A
MFT 630
MFT 672
MFT 696
MFT 699 -- Plan A

Post Degree Requirements

Full-licensure: An additional 1000 post-degree supervised clinical contact hours in a clinical setting is required to complete the requirements for Marriage and Family licensure in the state of Minnesota. 

Marriage and Family Therapy License Eligibility

The MFT regulatory requirements in Minnesota are among the most stringent in the US and Canada. Once graduation from the SCSU accredited graduate academic program in MFT, the therapist must pass the national MFT licensure examination. Subsequent to two years of post-degree clinical experience under state approved supervision, the licensure applicant must also pass a Minnesota state examination of practice procedures and ethical and legal issues. Application requirements are online at