M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

The M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students for service as licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who are clinically skilled and who integrate Christ in their professional and personal lives.



About Marriage and Family Therapy

Our mission is to form marriage and family therapists who value interpersonal justice and the diversity of clients and client systems, who work toward the goal of healthy and whole relationships, and give specific attention to those on the margin of society and those who are underserved. 

Main Learning Objectives

Our program has five main objectives, which correlate with our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), align with our mission statement and adhere to Marriage and Family Therapy Educational Guidelines and Core Competencies as developed by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the AAMFT Code of Ethics, and the laws and regulations of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR):

  1. Adequate clinical progress of students preparing for service as marriage and family therapy professionals (SLO1: Clinical Competency – Students).
  2. Alumni licensed as marriage and family therapists and/or serving in the church (SLO1: Clinical Competency – Alumni).
  3. Faculty and student involvement in program development, program governance, and community connection (SLO2: Relational Competency). 
  4. Attending to the needs of diverse populations and the underserved in church, missional and community settings (SLO3: Interpersonal Justice).
  5. Integration of systemic thinking and Christianity (SLO4: Christian Distinctiveness).

Learn more about our Student Learning Outcomes on clinical competency, relational competency, interpersonal justice, and Christian distinctiveness. 

Student Achievement Data

Year Student
Entered Program

Retention Rate (%)

Rate (%)
National Exam
Pass Rate (%)
Rate (%)
2012-2013   94.4% 83%  TBD after 2016  TBD after 2016 
2013-2014   100% TBD     
2014-2015   100% TBD     

Program Length

Average 2.5 years as a full-time student - 48 credit program following degree requirements and clinical experience requirements within the State of Illinois Licensure laws.

Maximum Time to Complete Program

5 years maximum to complete degree requirements, which includes clinical experience.

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