Masters Program

Brigham Young University offers a Master's of Science degree (MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy. This degree is administered by the School of Family Life, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Eight full-time faculty have primary instructional responsibility for the graduate program with support from other faculty in the School of Family Life. Major MFT courses and clinical practica are conducted in the BYU Comprehensive Clinic which also houses programs in Clinical Psychology, Communication Disorders, and Social Work. Additional practicum experience may also available in various inpatient and outpatient medical and mental health facilities in the community after one year of seeing clients on-site and at the discretion and approval of a student's advisor and the clinical director.

Applicants eligible for admission to the MS program need to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Although study in the social sciences is desirable, applicants may apply from a variety of majors. Please visit the Recommended Courses page for a list of preferred, but not required, undergraduate courses. The University Graduate School policy requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

Competitive applicants typically have a 3.7 GPA or higher in their last 60 hours of upper division of coursework, a verbal and quantitative GRE combined score above 300 and a score of 4.5 or higher on the written portion of the GRE.

Beginning no later than halfway through the first academic year, the graduate student is involved in direct clinical work with individuals, couples and families. Clinical work, occupying approximately 10-15 hours per week, will continue without interruption, except for established holidays, throughout the student’s academic program until the student has reached 500 direct clinical hours (of which at least 251 are relational). Direct client contact is defined as face-to-face (therapist and client) therapeutic intervention. Students will be engaged in a supervision class with a faculty member each semester and term of their program where they will learn about therapeutic models and theory, clinical documentation, and receive feedback on their clinical skills and abilities.

Financial assistance is offered to those in the Master's program. One half of tuition and fees will be paid for at the LDS rate. Students are also required to complete a research assistantship of 10 hours a week for their faculty advisor, amounting to about $8,000 a year.

In addition to course work and supervised clinical practicum, each student is required to complete a master's thesis or clinical project. Often the master's thesis leads to publication or presentation at a professional meeting. The clinical project consists of thoroughly reading and reviewing a selection of clinical scholarly literature pre-selected by the MFT faculty and then also working on more readings individually selected with one's faculty advisor.

M.S. Educational Outcomes. Educational outcomes for the BYU M.S. program include a set of student learning outcomes, a set of faculty outcomes, and a set of program outcomes. These outcomes are interdependent and designed to complement each other.

Students are expected to demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:

  • Be competent in knowledge of MFT and systemic theories.
  • Be competent in terms of applied clinical skills.
  • Be competent in MFT research skills.
  • Understand and respect cultural diversity.

Faculty outcomes (what the faculty is expected to demonstrate) include:

  • Be clinically active and meet credentialing standards for their developmental level.
  • Be engaged in research scholarship.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching abilities.
  • Provide service in university-based and professional responsibilities.
  • Understand and respect cultural diversity.

Program outcomes include:

    • Program will graduate students who are prepared to engage in MFT practice in the areas of theoretical competence, clinical competence, and research competence.
    • Maintain a curriculum that is infused with readings and training related to multicultural diversity.
    • Prepare students to meet academic and clinical practica requirements for MFT-A licensure in Utah and/or pursue additional graduate student (e.g. Ph.D. program enrollment).

Demographics for the Master's Degree

The following areas of study correspond to the curriculum prescribed by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Educationof the AAMFT.

(“Areas” of study refer to COAMFTE required areas of study.)


MFT 563

MFT 650

Theoretical Foundations

Theoretical Foundations of Family System

Theoretical Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy

Credit hours




MFT 645

MFT 649

MFT 651

MFT 652

MFT 653

Clinical Practice

Analysis and Treatment of Human Sexual Development

Addictions and Violence in Families

Psychopathology and Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy

Marital and Individual Psychotherapy

Family and Multigenerational Psychotherapy

Credit hours







MFT 654

MFHD 663

Individual Development and Family Relations

Issues of Gender and Ethnicity

The Individual and Family Over the Life Course

Credit hours




MFT 656

Professional Identity and Ethics

Ethical and Professional Issues for Family Therapists

Credit hours



MFHD 600

STAT 511

MFT 699R


Graduate Research Methods

Statistical Methods for Research OR SOC 605Regression Analysis

Master’s Thesis or Clinical Project

Credit hours





MFT 655R


Additional Learning

Intermediate Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy

such as MFT 695R Play Therapy; MFT 695 R Group: other

Credit hours




*Plus 500 direct face-to-face clinical hours (with at least 251 being relational)