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Pursue the knowledge and skills you need to help individuals, couples and families improve their relationships with an online MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella. Turn your desire to help others into a career that can guide people toward more positive futures. Learn to integrate research and theory into practice, build clinical skills and self-awareness, and incorporate concepts of advocacy and social justice.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), this program helps prepare you for an initial license as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
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Diversity and Social Justice in Systemic Family Therapy
This course introduces theory, research, and models that inform ethical, culturally competent clinical work, and social justice advocacy in a variety of settings. Learners use strategies to address the influence of heritage, attitudes, beliefs, and acculturative experiences on the therapeutic process. In addition, learners gain knowledge of effective systemic therapy and advocacy strategies with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups and determine ways to advocate and promote social justice at multiple levels.
|4 quarter credits|
Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Behavior Disorders
Learners in this course apply psychopathology principles and current issues associated with assessing mental disorders within a systemic, relational context. Learners critically evaluate diagnostic models, methods, and approaches used in diagnosing and treating individuals, couples, and families. Learners also assess psychopharmacological considerations and examine the current DSM classifications and diagnostic issues associated with multicultural populations.
|4 quarter credits|
Systemic and Group Interventions for Grief, Loss, and Trauma
In this course, learners continue to develop therapy skills using group and systemic interventions as they apply to grief, loss, and trauma. Learners assess group dynamics, group process, and multicultural issues in relationship to grief, loss, and trauma. Prerequisite(s): MFT5107, MFT5270, MFT5271, MFT5273, MFT5820, MFT-R5821. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Impact of Addiction and Addictive Behavior on Family Systems
This course provides learners with fundamental knowledge of addiction from its historical roots through contemporary issues. Learners examine and apply systemic theory and research that guides treatment for substance use disorders and related addictive behaviors, including the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring mental health issues. In addition, learners analyze empirically supported interventions for individuals, families, groups, and diverse populations from systemic perspectives and assess emerging issues in the field based upon current research. Prerequisite(s): MFT-R5821.
|4 quarter credits|
Systemic Family Therapy Theory and Practice 2
In this course, learners gain clinical marriage and family therapy skills needed for the first residency. Learners build and maintain therapeutic relationships, conceptualize cases from a systemic perspective, conduct couple and family sessions, perform therapeutic assessments, apply ethical and legal standards of practice when working with couples and families from diverse backgrounds. MFT-R5821 must be taken the quarter immediately following MFT5820. Prerequisite(s): MFT5008, MFT5222, MFT5270. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
Discover your path to gaining real-world skills that you can apply to your passion for helping others and helping families achieve their goals. This program is designed to help you effectively integrate and apply research and theories in the practice of systemic marriage and family therapy, including theories of individual and family development across the life span.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$497 per credit, $175 resource kit fee, 72 total quarter credits, 16 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. Books, supplies, and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs.
Capella is committed to transparency in its tuition and pricing. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for additional costs, which may include an application fee, travel expenses, and practicum costs. A resource kit fee of $50-$200, charged quarterly or per billing session, covers the cost of required books, software, and other course materials. Click here to review program-specific fee amounts in our University Catalog.
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97% of MS in Marriage and Family Therapy alumni agree that Capella faculty were well qualified and did a good job.*
*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2022–2023
It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state.
Applicants to the MS in Marriage & Family Therapy program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
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*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.