Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within
the context of marriage, couples, and family systems. Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual
psychological problems, and child-parent problems. Marriage and family therapists take a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall long-term well-being of individuals and their families. Saint Mary's University offers two marriage and family therapy
programs, the Master of Arts and the Graduate Certificate in Marriage
and Family Therapy. Students in both programs take certain marriage and family therapy courses together. The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program prepares graduates for professional work in human services. Courses are designed to enhance the
professional's understanding of and use of systemic and relational interventions with individuals, couples, and families. The curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure with the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. The Master of Arts in Marriage
and Family Therapy is offered collaboratively with the Master of Arts in
Counseling and Psychological Services.
The Marriage and Family Therapy programs at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota are accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Graduates of a COAMFTE accredited program increase the portability of their degree and are better positioned to meet licensing requirements in a number of states. (Most states base their educational requirements on COAMFTE standards.) Specialty accreditation requires programs to maintain rigorous training and outcomes. It is a recognized method for ensuring competence of faculty and the curriculum.
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International Financial Aid:
# of Credits Required:
Master's College or University I
Applicants may apply for loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Code: