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Family Therapy, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Family Therapy at Saint Louis University is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals, couples and families. It fulfills the course and practicum requirements toward licensure in Missouri as a licensed marital and family therapist. A concentration in medical family therapy is also available.

Curriculum Overview

SLU's master's program in family therapy requires a minimum of 60 credits beyond a bachelor's degree. Prerequisites include 18 credits in the behavioral sciences. Program requirements include didactic courses, two semesters of practicum, three semesters of internship in a community setting and a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical contact.

The concentration in medical family therapy prepares students to function as part of an integrated care team in addressing the biopsychosocial needs of individuals and families. 

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Graduate students perform research projects by working with a faculty mentor whose research interests match their own. Doctoral students are expected to publish and present a minimum of two research projects.


Possible careers in medical family therapy include:

  • Academic positions
  • Research positions
  • Clinical positions in medical and mental health centers
  • Private practice and consulting

Admission Requirements

A minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework in the social sciences is required for admission.

Application Requirements

  • Online application and fee
  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (waived for 2021)
  • Résumé
  • Interview
  • Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students. International students must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Financial documents are required to complete an application for admission and be reviewed for admission and merit scholarships. 
  • Proof of financial support that must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the student's time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of the student's study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include:
    • Courses taken and/or lectures attended
    • Practical laboratory work
    • The maximum and minimum grades attainable
    • The grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations
    • Any honors or degrees received.

WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted through June 30. Applicants asked for an interview will meet with faculty and current students over Zoom. Please refer to the application checklist to ensure that you have completed the necessary documents. We have waived the GRE as a requirement for this year's application process.


Tuition Cost Per Credit
Graduate Tuition $1,310

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For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1. 

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Both the M.A. and Ph.D. in medical family therapy at Saint Louis University are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.838.9808. 

  • Graduates will be able to compare and contrast the major theoretical orientations related to the field of marriage and family therapy. 
  • Graduates will attain competency in entry-level marriage and family therapy skills. Sub-objectives:
    • Admission, assessment and diagnosis
    • Treatment planning and case management
    • Therapeutic interventions
    • Legal issues, ethics and standards
    • Use of supervision and practicum
    • Social justice issues and self-awareness
  • Graduates will be able to understand and use research in clinical practice. 
  • Graduates will be able to contribute to competent clinical services and the profession through professional and scholarly modes of communication.
  • Graduates will attain an increased cultural competence in working with diverse populations.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate personal and professional skills that promote social justice through involvement and leadership in their communities.
  • Graduates will be able to effectively communicate their values and demonstrate how they guide their personal and professional lives. 
MFT 5210Introduction to Family Therapy3
MFT 5320Group Counseling Theory and Practice3
MFT 5380Theory and Intervention in Human Sexuality3
MFT 5410Practicum in Family Therapy (taken over multiple semesters, 6hrs total)6
MFT 5600Family Research Methods3
MFT 5700Human Growth and Development3
MFT 5770Found Multicultural Counseling3
MFT 5915Internship in Family Therapy (taken over multiple semesters, 7hrs total)0-4
MFT 5990Thesis Research6
MFT 6530Ethical & Legal Issues in Family Therapy3
MFT 6550Diagnosis and Assessment in Family Therapy3
MFT 6560Theoretical Foundations of Couple and Family Therapy3
MFT 6660Intro Family Studies3
MFT 6700Medical Family Therapy Externship1
MFT 6710Integrative and Evidence Based Models of Couple and Family Therapy3
MFT 6730Research Practicum1
MFT 6760Families, Health, and Illness3
MFT 6790Self of the Therapist: A Sociocultural Perspective3
Total Credits60

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
MFT 5210 Introduction to Family Therapy 3
MFT 6530 Ethical & Legal Issues in Family Therapy 3
MFT 6660 Intro Family Studies 3
MFT 5770 Found Multicultural Counseling 3
MFT 5410 Practicum in Family Therapy 3
MFT 6550 Diagnosis and Assessment in Family Therapy 3
MFT 6560 Theoretical Foundations of Couple and Family Therapy 3
MFT 5700 Human Growth and Development 3
MFT 5320 Group Counseling Theory and Practice 3
MFT 5380 Theory and Intervention in Human Sexuality 3
MFT 5410 Practicum in Family Therapy 3
MFT 6700 Medical Family Therapy Externship 1
Year Two
MFT 5915 Internship in Family Therapy 3
MFT 6730 Research Practicum 1
MFT 5600 Family Research Methods 3
MFT 6760 Families, Health, and Illness 3
MFT 6790 Self of the Therapist: A Sociocultural Perspective 3
MFT 5915 Internship in Family Therapy 3
MFT 6710 Integrative and Evidence Based Models of Couple and Family Therapy 3
MFT 5990 Thesis Research 3
MFT 5915 Internship in Family Therapy 1
MFT 5990 Thesis Research 3
 Total Credits60