Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S.)

School of Family Life

The marriage and family therapy program offers the Master of Science degree as a two-year program. The purpose of this degree is to prepare graduate students to engage in marriage and family therapy practice in the areas of: (a) theoretical competence, (b) clinical competence, and (c) research competence, with an understanding of multicultural diversity. More specifically, at the end of their program students will (a) be able to pass the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) National Licensing Exam, (b) be effective clinicians and employable as interns, and (c) be able to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the associate/intern MFT license in Utah.

Our intent is to prepare the students to function in a wide variety of MFT settings. The curriculum is based on state licensure/certification requirements and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The master's degree is the basic educational credential for independent practice in marriage and family therapy. It also prepares students for doctoral study. In cases where students wish to complete both their M.S. and Ph.D. studies at BYU, they must be admitted to and successfully complete the M.S. degree program before applying to the Ph.D. program.  

Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Therapy/Counseling (individual, couples, marriage, or family)
Commission on Accreditation of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies