Marriage and Family Therapy
MS
Application Deadlines
Fall:December 1
Contact Information: 
234 TLRB
801-422-5680
Program Requirements: 

The marriage and family therapy program offers the Master of Science degree as a two-year program. The purpose of this degree is to prepare graduate students to engage in marriage and family therapy practice in the areas of: (a) theoretical competence, (b) clinical competence, and (c) research competence, with an understanding of multicultural diversity. More specifically, at the end of their program students will (a) be able to pass the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) National Licensing Exam, (b) be effective clinicians and employable as interns, and (c) be able to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the associate/intern MFT license in Utah. Our intent is to prepare the students to function in a wide variety of MFT settings. The curriculum is based on state licensure/certification requirements and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The master's degree is the basic educational credential for independent practice in marriage and family therapy. It also prepares students for doctoral study. In cases where students wish to complete both their M.S. and Ph.D. studies at BYU, they must be admitted to and successfully complete the M.S. degree program before applying to the Ph.D. program.  

Requirements for Degree.

During the first two semesters of study, a student in consultation with her/his graduate advisor will commit to completing either the reserach track (recommended for those planning to pursue doctoral study) or the clinical track.

Research Track

  • Credit hours (62): minimum 56 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (699R).
  • Required courses: MFT 600, 605, 630, 645, 649, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655R (20 hours), 656, 663, 699R (6 hours).
  • Clinical requirement: 500 hours of direct face to face client experience.
  • Thesis including oral defense of thesis.

Clinical Track

  • Credit hours (62): minimum 56 course work hours plus 6 project hours (699R).
  • Required courses: MFT 600, 605, 630, 645, 649, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655R (20 hours), 656, 663, 698R (6 hours).
  • Clinical requirement: 500 hours of direct face to face client experience.
  • Clinical presentation.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test

GRE

Additional Requirements

Resume

Applicants should upload a bulleted list of the following experiences in the department documents section of the application:

  •   Clinical and human services experience (do not include LDS mission experiences here).
  •   Research experience.

A Video interview (You will receive instructions after submission of application)

Background check is required after admission

Program Outcomes: 


Marriage and Family Therapy Theory Skills

Be competent in knowledge of systemic and marriage and family therapy theories.

Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Skills

Be competent in terms of applied clinical skills

Marriage and Family Therapy Research Skills

Be competent in the area of Marriage and Family Therapy research skills

Understanding Cultural Diversity

Understand and respect cultural diversity as a contextual factor in the lives of others, including clients.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 21
International 2
Female 17
LDS 20
Minority 4
BYU Undergraduate 14
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 309.4
GRE Quantitative Score 152.7
GRE Quantitative Percentile 51.3
GRE Verbal Score 156.7
GRE Verbal Percentile 70.8
GRE Analytical Score 4.4
GRE Analytical Percentile 70.3
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.0
Graduated Per Year 13.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 63.6
Admitted Per Year 12.6
Percent Admitted 19.81
Average GPA 3.71