Lewis & Clark College

Graduate School of Education and Counseling

Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy


GSE Admissions
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road

Portland, OR 97219

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy (MCFT) Program is designed to lead graduates to eventual licensure and employment as marriage and family therapists in a variety of clinical and agency settings. The MCFT curriculum provides the knowledge and skills necessary for practitioners to provide high-quality, effective therapy using active, positive approaches that help individuals, couples, and families build on their strengths, improve their relationships, and generate solutions to mental health and relational problems. The program is unique in its emphasis on taking a social justice perspective in the practice of family therapy. MCFT students can choose a number of specialty areas in planning their academic and clinical experience (requires additional credit): Addictions treatment, ecospychology, international family therapy, or sex therapy. The MCFT program uses a cohort model which encourages students to build relationships and help each other develop over time. Throughout the program, students complete readings and assignments to prepare for active participation and application exercises in the classroom. Practice skills are integrated throughout courses and students complete an extensive supervised clinical internship during the last 15 months of their program in order to develop core practice competencies.


Lewis & Clark is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Graduate programs in education and counseling psychology are approved and accredited by the appropriate associations and agencies including: Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs CACREP, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage & Family Therapy Education COAMFTE, National Association of School Psychologists NASP, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education NCATE*, Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists OBLPCT, Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission TSPC.

International Student Requirements:

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or the foreign equivalent. Prior coursework in psychology recommended. Applicants must provide essays, resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation. Proof of English proficiency required.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 60-70

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $828 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 22356 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 22356 USD

Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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