Marriage and Family Therapy, MAS

The application deadline for Fall 2021 was February 1, 2021; note we are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2021.

Are you interested in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy? We encourage you to sign up for the Fundamentals of Marriage and Family Therapy (FAS 440) - being offered Fall 2020 at the Tempe campus.

Ready to begin your studies in Marriage and Family Therapy? We invite you to consider the unique advantages the Master's in Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAS-MFT) program has to offer! The MAS-MFT program is the only MFT program at a state university in Arizona. Our curriculum has been approved by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (Arizona's licensing board for MFT's). Your time is important, and the program's accelerated, applied format means that you will earn your degree in 15-18 months instead of spending 3-4 years in a traditional program.

You will learn family systems-based therapy models and will be matched with a community-based internship placement where you will work with couples, children and their families and individuals under the supervision of an Arizona-licensed Marriage and Family therapist.

The average rate of employment for program graduates within the first year is over 80%, and the rate of passing the national licensing exam is approximately 90% on the first attempt. Our cohort is small and select – we accept 22-24 students each fall. Dedicated faculty and clinical supervisors will support you every step of the way to prepare you for a career in Marriage and Family Therapy!

15-18 months to clinical degree
highly trained faculty
Approved by AZ licensing board

Degree Overview

• In this 39-credit hour program, you will prepare yourself to conduct marriage and family therapy with clients of diverse backgrounds based upon an awareness and appreciation of diversity. You will gain valuable knowledge of systems theory and models to practice. This program meets the curriculum standards for state licensure as defined by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (BBHE).

Arizona State University programs are designed to prepare students to apply for applicable licensure or certification in Arizona. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Arizona, please review professional licensure information at

ASU makes every effort to ensure state licensure and certification information is current; however, state requirements may change. Please contact the applicable licensing board(s) in the state where you may want to pursue licensure or certification before beginning an academic program to verify whether a program meets educational requirements for licensure or certification in the state.

How to apply

The Sanford School application process is completed online through ASU Graduate Education. Prospective students must submit the admission application form along with the fee and official transcripts. For the department's MAS program, students must submit supplemental application materials. View how to apply for more details.

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Informational Sessions 2021 

Please join the program co-directors at one of our informational sessions on Zoom this fall to learn more about the MAS-MFT program – no RSVP necessary. Please see the Zoom links below – we hope to see you then! 


"I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this program as I truly believe the experiences given were of the highest quality, leading to the best feeling: being prepared."
-Alexia Coleman


Training in Marriage and Family Therapy requires the successful completion of a minimum of 39 semester hours, including required core coursework, a Capstone Project, and completion of 300 client contact hours in a 12-month community internship placement approved by the MAS-MFT faculty. Students are mentored by MAS-MFT core faculty and the internship supervisor, all of whom are Arizona-licensed marriage and family therapists.

A minimum of 39 hours is required.

Requirements and ElectivesHours
Core courses39

Courses and electives

Courses will be taught by state-licensed marriage and family therapists. 

This is a self-contained 18-month program, which means that only the students admitted to this program will be permitted to attend the MAS-MFT classes. Classes outside this program can not be used to meet the requirements for this degree, i.e. there are no elective courses, and courses taken elsewhere, either within ASU or at another institution, cannot be substituted for any of the courses required for this degree. Courses must be taken in the semester listed below.

The MAS-MFT program is cohort-based. All courses are required and taken in a pre-determined sequence.

Fall Semester, Year One

  • FAS 570 - Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • FAS 581 - Professional Issues & Ethics (3 credits)
  • FAS 571 - Assessment in Marriage & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • FAS 576 - Applied Issues in Human Development: Psychopathology (3 credits)

Spring Semester, Year One

  • FAS 577 - Applied Issues in Children & Adolescents in MFT (3 credits)
  • FAS 572 - Advanced Techniques in Marriage & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • FAS 573 - Dysfunctional Families (3 credits)
  • FAS 580 - Practicum (2 credits)

Summer Semester, Year One

  • FAS 575 - Applied Issues in Couples' Therapy (3 credits)
  • FAS 578 - Applied Issues in Sexuality for Marriage & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • FAS 580 - Practicum (2 credits)

Fall Semester, Year Two (Final Semester)

  • FAS 579 - Applied Research in Marriage & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • FAS 574 - Family Theory for Marriage & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • FAS 580 - Practicum (2 credits)