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 accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Seven 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, language disorders, audiology, 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 will have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college undergraduate major is required, although study in the social sciences is desirable. Please visit the Recommended Courses page for a list of preferred undergraduate courses. The Graduate School requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above for the last sixty hours for admission. Competitive applicants typically have a 3.7 GPA or higher, a verbal and quantitative GRE combined score near 300 and a score of 4.0 or higher on the written portion of the GRE.

Beginning no later than halfway through the first academic year, the 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, for the balance of 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 record keeping, documentation, and receive feedback on their clinical skills and abilities.

Financial assistance is offered to those in the Master's program. One quarter of tuition and fees will be paid for at the LDS rate. Students will also be offered a research assistantship of 10 hours a week, amounting to about $7,500 a year.

In addition to course work and supervised clinical practicum, each student is required to complete a master's thesis. Often the master's thesis leads to publication or presentation at a professional meeting.

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.

MASTER’S DEGREE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
(“Areas” of study refer to COAMFTE required areas of study.)

AREA I:

MFT 563

MFT 650

Theoretical Foundations

Theoretical Foundations of Family System

Theoretical Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy

Credit hours

3

3



AREA II:

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

3

3

3

3

3


AREA III:

MFT 654

MFHD 663

Individual Development and Family Relations

Issues of Gender and Ethnicity

The Individual and Family Over the Life Course

Credit hours

3

3


AREA IV:

MFT 656

Professional Identity and Ethics

Ethical and Professional Issues for Family Therapists

Credit hours

3


AREA V:

MFHD 600

STAT 511

MFT 699R

Research

Graduate Research Methods

Statistical Methods for Research OR SOC 605Regression Analysis

Master’s Thesis

Credit hours

3

3

6


AREA VI:

MFT 655R

Elective

Additional Learning

Intermediate Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy

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

Credit hours

16

3


TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR MASTER'S DEGREE 61 Credit Hours*

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