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. 

Our Accreditation

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Wheaton College 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.

Graduates from our accredited program are license eligible across the country. Our program's accreditation will ensure that you will meet the accepted standards established by the marriage and family therapy profession, and will be prepared for the national and/or state examination. It will also help you facilitate obtaining a license when you move from one state to another by providing a recognized qualifying degree.

Educational Outcomes

Our program has five main outcomes (POs), which correlate with our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Faculty Outcomes (FOs), align with our mission statement, and were developed from the Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Principles (PMFTPs). The PMFTPs informing our program include the 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). Our POs are as follow:

    PO1 Adequate clinical progress of students preparing for service as marriage and family therapy professionals (SLO1: Clinical Competency – Students; FO1; FO2).

    PO2 Alumni licensed as marriage and family therapists and/or serving in the church (SLO1: Clinical Competency – Alumni; FO1; FO2).

    PO3 Faculty and student involvement in program development, program governance, and community connection (SLO2: Relational Competency; FO1, FO2). 

    PO4 Attending to the needs of diverse populations and the underserved in church, missional and community settings (SLO3: Interpersonal Justice; FO3).

    PO5 Integration of systemic thinking and Christianity (SLO4: Christian Distinctiveness; FO4).

Learn more about our Educational Outcomes, including how Program Outcomes (POs), Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), and Faculty Outcomes (FOs) interrelate. All our Educational Outcomes are based upon clinical competency, relational competency, interpersonal justice, and Christian distinctiveness

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. The maximum time to complete the program is five years, which includes curriculum and clinical experience.

Student Achievement Data


Year Student
Entered Program

Retention Rate (%)

Rate (%)
National Exam
Pass Rate (%)
Rate (%)
2012 - 2013  94.4% 94.4%  TBD after 2016  TBD after 2016 
2013 - 2014  100% 92.3%  TBD after 2017 TBD after 2017
2014 - 2015  100% 100%
TBD after 2018  TBD after 2018 
2015 - 2016  100% TBD TBD after 2019 TBD after 2019 
2016 - 2017  100% TBD TBD after 2020
TBD after 2020


In keeping with Wheaton College’s Strategic Priorities, the MFT program strives to uphold the Biblical imperative for ethnic diversity. As Wheaton College President Ryken (2012) noted in his Strategic Priorities, “Living in a diverse learning community that values cultural differences enriches the Wheaton experience for everyone and honors God’s intention for the body of Christ.” These beliefs lead to the commitment of our program to focus on building and maintaining a diverse faculty, supervisor, and student body. Below you can see the ethnic and gender composition of current faculty, supervisors, and students.



  • Asian: 1
  • White/Caucasian, non-Hispanic: 7


  • Asian/Asian American: 1
  • Hispanic/Latino: 1
  • Multiracial/Multiethnic: 1
  • White/Caucasian, non-Hispanic: 3
  • Declined to Answer: 8

    Current Students

  • Asian/Asian American: 5
  • Black/African American: 2
  • Hispanic/Latino: 2
  • Multiracial/Multiethnic: 4 
  • White/Caucasian, non-Hispanic: 20



  • Female: 3
  • Male: 5


  • Female: 2
  • Male: 4
  • Declined to Answer: 8

    Current Students

  • Female: 27
  • Male: 6

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