Pfeiffer University at Charlotte

Human Relations and Substance Abuse
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The Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Pfeiffer University is offered on two campuses at both the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham locations. It is designed to prepare family therapists and agents of change to work specifically with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of work settings. The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is to provide effective clinical and academic training to students who affirm the dignity and integrity of all individuals and who demonstrate respect for diversity through life-long learning and the competent practice of marriage and family therapy. The program is intended to meet the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of North Carolina, and to prepare students for the National Examination in Marital and Family Therapy (AMFTRB).

In collaboration with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the MMFT Program offered on both the Charlotte Campus and Raleigh/Durham Campus received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE) in November, 2010 and May 2014 respectively. Pfeiffer's Marriage and Family Therapy Program is one of only three programs in North Carolina accredited by COAMFTE.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Susan B Wilkie McHale, LMFT, LPC, NCC, NCSC
Department Emphasis
  • 10% Family Science
  • 5% Child/Human Development
  • 30% Family Therapy
  • 10% Psychology/Diagnosis
  • 30% Professional Development
  • 10% Research
  • 5% Communications
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

Raleigh Durham Campus: 2880 Slater Road, Suite 100 Morrisville, NC 27560
Charlotte Campus: 4701 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Deborah S. Lung
Undergrad Program Options
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations
Undergrad Comments

The HMRL curriculum is designed to be a BA degree completion option for students with an AA, AS, or AAS degree or those with at least 45 semester hours (sh) of transferrable credit. The HMRL track will grant up to 64 semester hours of transfer credit from Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Additional general education coursework will be required for the Associate of Applied Science degree. The HMRL major consists of 33sh of major coursework plus required general education requirements or electives. All 11 core courses are seated and are completed over an 8-week (fall/spring) or 6-week (summer) compressed schedule that meets once a week from 6:00-9:45/p. Elective coursework and general education requirements may be offered in online or seated formats.

Graduate Program
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy (Master of Arts)
Masters Comments

The Master of Arts Program requires a minimum of 66 graduate semester hours for graduation as well as a passing grade on the MMFT Comprehensive Examination.  Rigorous clinical training will be required through the completion of a closely monitored pre-internship and supervised internship that will require 500 face-to-face hours during a minimum of (3) consecutive semesters.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.