M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

"God will give a crown of beauty for ashes, A joyous blessing instead of mourning, Festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory." Isaiah 61:3




Our mission is to form Marriage and Family Therapists who are clinically skilled and who integrate their personhood as followers of Christ in their professional and personal lives; who value interpersonal justice and the diversity of clients and client systems; and who work toward the goal of healthy and whole relationships, giving specific attention to those on the margin of society and those who are underserved. 

Our program has five main objectives, which correlate with our Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), align with our mission statement and adhere to MFT Educational Guidelines and Marriage and Family Therapy 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 MFT Professionals (SLO1: Clinical Competence – Students).
  2. Alumni licensed as MFTs and/or serving in the church (SLO1: Clinical Competence – 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).


As a student of the Marriage and Family Therapy program, you will be trained in the following areas

Clinical Competency (SLO 1)

We aim to form clinicians who are competent in their clinical skills by providing assessment and treatment from a systemic perspective in the way they conceptualize, plan and carry out interventions in their treatment of individuals, couples, families and groups. Students are instructed from an ethical, legal, and respectful standard of therapeutic practice in working with clients and greater systems. Our desire is for students to seek and respond appropriately to supervision from experienced mental health professionals in the field during their clinical experience in the greater Chicagoland area.

Relational Competency (SLO 2)

We hold that relationships from a biblical, systemic, and personal perspective are vital to human development to initiate change in the family system. Students will demonstrate self-awareness and emotional regulation by processing through their experience of family background and cultural context. In doing so, students will learn to communicate effectively about such matters with clients, colleagues, faculty, and supervisors. Faculty, students, and alumni seek recursive involvement through educational investment, living out our mission, and commitment to each other, our churches, and our greater communities

Interpersonal Justice (SLO 3)

Even with the rigor of academia, we implement ways we can be of service to those around us; whether that is in our local church, family, the academic program and cohort, or in the community. First year Master’s Students have the opportunity to observe therapy at local clinics. Second year Master’s Students are placed at various clinical practicum sites throughout the Chicagoland area providing counseling to communities who may otherwise not be able to receive such services.

Christian Distinctiveness (SLO 4)

In joining people in therapy, our personhood is the clinician’s greatest tool. How we understand and live out our faith, how our faith influences our practices, and what happens when faith and practice collide are all questions we tussle with together in class and outside of class. We discuss openly various views on the nature of God, personhood, brokenness, and healing so that we can understand how our faith and learning shapes our clinical practice.


Student Achievement Data

Year Student
Entered Program
Rate (%)
National Exam
Pass Rate (%)
Rate (%)
2012-2013  83%  TBD after 2016  TBD after 2016 
2013-2014  TBD     
2014-2015  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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