Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S.)

Requirements and Details


Admission is competitive and selection is based academic history, previous work experience, scholarship, interpersonal skills and commitment to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy 

  • Applications include higher education transcripts, letter of intent, recommendations and group interview.
  • The following items should be included in the letter of intent:
    • A brief background explanation of why you want a career in mental health
    • Explain your interest in the discipline of Marriage and Family Therapy as opposed to other options
    • Explain your interest in choosing the MFT program at St. Cloud State University
    • Describe training and experience of which you may have acquired in this or related contexts
    • Short- and long-term professional goals
    • Strengths and challenges in pursuing this program
  • Faculty also evaluates candidates during a required group interview that occurs within one month of the application deadline. Professors listen for clear and compelling responses. If distant travel or other significant barriers prevent the face-to-face interview, the program director may arrange an alternative. 
  • Incomplete applications at the deadline date will not be reviewed

Competition for limited places in the program may require the necessity of a wait list. A numbered wait list is used until the program is filled. 

To see the Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy Program Student Handbook.

To see the Faculty and Administration Policies and Procedures Manual.

Post Degree Licensure Requirements

Full-licensure: Once the degree is conferred, the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy has requirements, including direct clinical hours with clients not less than two years, supervision by an approved supervisor, passing the national exam and passing the state oral exam.

Applicants intending to reside in a state other than Minnesota should consult their state licensure board for degree portability.


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