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Marriage and Family Therapy MS/MMFT

A degree in Marriage and Family Therapy is an applied degree designed to train students to work with individuals, couples, and families with a wide range of problems, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and parenting. USU offers both a Master of Science (MS) and Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) option for the Marriage and Family Therapy degree. Utah State University’s MFT program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and meets all the requirements for licensure in the state of Utah.

Students are provided with opportunities to achieve the basic academic and initial clinical practice requirements for Utah state licensure as marriage and family therapists and for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  This degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Graduates in the MFT specialization are competitive for positions as therapists in state and private therapy agencies and in residential treatment facilities for adults and adolescents

MS Program

A Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy means that a student participates in a Master’s thesis (Plan A). The MS and MMFT specializations complete the requirements to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. This specialization provides professional and research development for students who are primarily interested in marriage and family therapy as a career.

MMFT Program

Students who choose to pursue a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy are NOT required to write a thesis. Instead, these students complete a culminating experience in place of the thesis. Students who typically go through the MMFT program are those who will primarily go into professional practice.

MFT CORE Credits
EDUC 6050 Applied Statistics 3
HDFS 6060 Human Development Theories 3
HDFS 6070 Family Theories 3
HDFS 6310 Survey of MFT 3
HDFS 6320 Foundations MFT 3
HDFS 6325 Cultural Diversity 3
HDFS 6330 MFT Practice I: Traditional 3
HDFS 6340 MFT Practice II: Contemporary 3
HDFS 6350 MFT Clinical Practice 3
HDFS 6355 Play Therapy 3
HDFS 6360 Ethics & Professional Development in MFT 3
HDFS 6370 MFT Assessment 3
HDFS 6380 Survey of MFT Research 3
HDFS 6390 MFT Practicum 8
Total MFT Core Credits 47
HDFS 6970 Thesis 6
47 Total Credits Required for MMFT Students
53 Total Credits Required for MS Students

Additional Course Information

For more information on when courses are offered, please see the Graduate Course Offerings page.

Financial Assistance

Admission to the program does not guarantee financial support, however, many of our MS students receive financial support while in the program, if they desire. 

Individuals admitted into the graduate program (including presently enrolled graduate students) interested in being considered for teaching and/or research assistantships must complete and return the form emailed by the Graduate Program Coordinator in the prior semester.


Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Research Assistantships (RA) are available for Master’s students who wish to perform teaching or research services to the department, in return for salary.

Our department commits to supporting interested MS students .25 time (10 hours a week) during the first year of study. In Year 2 the student may receive a TA or RA as well, but this is dependent on available funds.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Fellowships and scholarships from both the department and college are also available for well-qualified graduate students. Fellowships are financial awards and recognition that require no service from the recipient. Students are encouraged to establish residency (after the completion of 18 graduate credits) within the first 12 consecutive months in Utah, as they may be eligible for additional scholarships if they are in-state residents.

Awards are given on an annual basis typically these scholarships range in awards of several hundred to several thousand dollars.