Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson College of Health Professions

Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy


130 S 9th Street, Ste 100

Philadelphia, PA 19107

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters in Family Therapy (MFT)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our Master’s Degree in Family Therapy (MFT) is a unique collaborative effort between two highly-respected institutions: Thomas Jefferson University and the Council for Relationships. This is a full-time, two-year, 66-credit program, which is modeled on the core curriculum developed by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), focusing on key areas of contemporary practice, including:

  • Couple and marital intervention
  • Family therapy with children
  • Families in transition (divorce and remarriage)
  • Family violence
  • Medical family therapy
  • Sex therapy

The curriculum reflects a bio-psychosocial approach to understanding human behavior, viewing the behavior of individuals, couples, families and larger systems as the result of an interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors. It also reflects a commitment to training therapists to be aware of and sensitive to issues of cultural diversity and their impact on family functioning and the therapeutic process.

At the end of the first year of study, students will select one of two specialty tracks: the Sex Therapy Track or the Family Therapy Track. Both serve to develop a deep understanding of some of today’s most pressing clinical issues.

The Sex Therapy Track requires two advanced courses in sex therapy, while the Family Therapy Track requires advanced coursework in medical family therapy and family violence. Each has specific practicum opportunities that bolster student learning. Admission to each track requires faculty approval.

Throughout the program, students must complete 500 clinical hours, 200 of which must be with couples and/or families. Students are not required to find their own practicum sites, as these are offered through the Council for Relationships.



The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Jefferson is accredited by: Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Phone: 703-838-9808 E-mail: [email protected]

International Student Requirements:

Please review our requirements under the Apply button on the Master’s of Family Therapy page at

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 63

Classification: Specialized Institution—Medical school or medical center

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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