Undergraduate Course Preparation for the M.S. Degree in MFT at BYU

There are no formal prerequisites to the MFT Program. 
However, we have compiled a list of potential courses that students and faculty find to be helpful for incoming students.

Most MFT applicants typically have undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, though students from many majors are successful in MFT. Regardless of the major, courses such as those listed below, or equivalents, are helpful preparation (Please note, these courses are not required).

Hyperlinks are related to BYU Course Descriptions, however courses similar to these can be found at most universities and colleges.

Marriage & Family Development and Process
Introduction to Family Processes

Theories in Family Perspective

Cross-Cultural Family and Human Development

Survey of Marriage and Family Enrichment/Therapy Approaches 

Human Development: Life Span 

 Advanced Family Processes


Statistics and Research Methods

Critical Inquiry and Research Methods

Psychological Statistics

Psychological Research Design

Principles of Statistics



Abnormal Psychology 

Clinical Psychology 


Special Topics

Healthy Sexuality

Research/Creative Works Practicum


Writing Skills

Since the BYU MFT Program requires a thesis/clinical project in addition to weekly research work for your graduate advisor, advanced writing courses are strongly suggested.

Writing in the Social Sciences

Effective Writing and Presenting