Marriage and Family Therapy, MAS


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Can I attend this program part time?

Because the program is a self-contained, accelerated program, students must attend full time and take courses according to the class schedule provided in the Program Description.

Can I take some of the MAS-MFT courses as a non-degree student?

Enrollment is limited to students who have been formally admitted to the MAS-MFT program.

Can I attend this program long-distance?

No. Because of the program's accelerated format and the year-long local clinical internship, it is required that students reside in the Greater Phoenix area (includes Phoenix and surrounding cities) for the duration of the program. Commuting from outside this area (for example, from Tucson or Flagstaff) interferes with the student's availability at the clinical internship. Students who maintain a permanent residence outside the Greater Phoenix area will need to establish local housing for the duration of the program.

Can I keep my job while I'm in school?

It is important to remember that most master's programs take 2-3 full years to complete. This program is an accelerated advanced degree program and is very demanding. Consequently, the program is unable to flex in order to meet the demands of a student's work schedule. While students can usually manage a flexible, part-time job (approximately 15-20 hours per week), we discourage students from attempting to work full-time, even with a flexible schedule. Remember, you will be attending classes two full days per week and, after the first two 7.5-week semesters, be spending a minimum of 10-15 hours each work week at your internship placement. This does not take study time into account. You will be very busy with this program!

Are assistantships available?

Because this is an accelerated, applied program with no research activity, assistantships are not available. Assistantships in other Sanford School graduate programs and in other ASU programs are typically granted to students admitted to and enrolled in those programs. Students are free to independently pursue scholarships or other forms of financial aid.

How much does the program cost?

Contact the Graduate College directly for all questions about tuition, the tuition payment schedule, and determination of residency status at: There is a program fee of $475 per each of the 39 semester hours in addition to tuition. The student is also responsible for books, transportation, parking, fees charged by the university, and any other miscellaneous expenses.

When are classes offered?

Classes are held two days each week on the Tempe campus (days may vary from semester to semester depending on classroom availability). Typically students will attend two three-hour classes twice a week. Evening and weekend classes are not offered.

What is the class attendance policy?

Because this is an accelerated, clinical graduate program, students are required to attend all classes. Program policy permits students a maximum of one excused absence (one day) per course each semester at the discretion of MAS-MFT Faculty, not to exceed a total of five excused absences (one day each) during the entire program. The only exception to this is a documented emergency. See page 9 of the Student Handbook for additional information.

Will I be licensed as soon as I graduate?

At present, the State of Arizona has two levels of licensure: Associate and Independent, plus a Temporary License for new graduates who are planning to take the licensing exam on the next available date it is offered. Upon graduating, you can apply to take the licensing exam and, upon passing it, you will receive an Associate License. (Whether or not you apply for a Temporary License depends on the timing of your exam date.) This requires that you work for a minimum of 24 months in an approved setting while accumulating additional supervision and client contact hours. Once you've obtained these hours, you can apply for full licensure, which allows you to practice independently. For the most current information, go to

Will I be able to get licensed in other states?

The MAS-MFT program is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure in Arizona. Each state determines its own credentialing requirements for mental health professionals. Arizona has one of the more stringent licensure requirements, but it is impossible for us to keep current with other states. If you are considering a move to a particular state, we recommend visiting that state's website to find out what credentialing requirements are.

Can I transfer credits from another MFT program into this program?

No. All of the courses in this self-contained program must be taken as prescribed in the course schedule. No transfer credits or course substitutions are permitted.

Who teaches the classes in the MAS-MFT program?

All MAS-MFT faculty are licensed as marriage and family therapists in Arizona. Co-Director Dr. Karissa Greving Mehall served as President of the Arizona Association for Marriage & Family Therapy from 2010-2012 and then served as Past President until December 2013. Co-Director Mary Doyle was a member of the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiner's Marriage & Family Therapy Credentialing Committee beginning in 2009 and chaired that committee between January 2014 and October 2015, when the committee was disbanded. Since November 2015 she has chaired the Board's Marriage & Family Therapy Academic Review Committee.

Do I have to find my own internship?

In most instances, no. All approved MAS-MFT internship sites are selected by MAS-MFT faculty. Sites are located throughout the greater Phoenix area. In some specific instances, such as a student failing the internship interview, it will be the student's responsibility to secure an alternate internship placement that meets the approval of MAS-MFT faculty.

Do I automatically start my internship/practicum in the Spring Semester?

Although our first two 7.5-week semester's classes will prepare you to begin your internship/practicum, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination after successfully completing the first two 7.5-week classes in the fall semester with a grade of 3.0 or higher. Once a student passes this exam, they will be able to interview with internship site directors at potential placements. Each agency will also conduct a background check before approving a student. Important: A felony and/or certain misdemeanors in a candidate's background will make the candidate ineligible for placement at internship sites and thus unable to complete the program.

When are internship/practicum hours?

Hours of operation vary from site to site. Students must be at their internship site for a minimum of a minimum of 15-20 hours each work week and can expect to work a combination of daytime hours, evening hours, and, in some cases, on Saturdays. This reflects the typical work schedule of employed therapists. The more flexible you can be with your schedule, the sooner you will be able to complete your client contact and supervision hours.

Why do I need a car for my internship?

Although Phoenix has public transportation, it is not adequate to get you to and from your internship. In addition, you will likely be providing services to clients in their home as part of your internship. Agencies will also require a valid Arizona driver's license and proof of current automobile insurance, which must be maintained for the duration of the internship in accordance with Arizona law. Having one's own car is also required because student therapists must be able to transport themselves not only to their assigned internship site for in-office therapy sessions, supervision meetings, and case management activities, but also to client's homes when in-home therapy is part of the service plan.

How is in-state residency determined?

Residency status is determined by the Graduate College:

What is the English language requirement for international students?

For international students, proficiency in English as demonstrated by satisfactory TOEFL scores is required. Contact the Graduate College directly through:

Do you admit students each semester?

No. Students are admitted for the fall semester only.

Is this program accredited with COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage & Family Therapy Education)?

No, and there are no plans to apply for accreditation. While the role of accreditation is to ensure a high standard of quality across all MFT programs, we have demonstrated a high standard: our graduates are successfully passing the national licensing exam and becoming licensed in Arizona as MFT's, which is what our program is designed to do. Our faculty members are all Arizona-licensed MFTs with experience in all aspects of working in Arizona as an MFT, including community mental health and community-based private clinics. In addition, the MAS-MFT program has been granted curriculum approval by Arizona's licensing Board, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (approval is granted for five-year increments) at: Prospective students who wish to investigate accredited programs will find a list of them at

How do I apply?

Application information: The application deadline each year is February 1 for admission for the following fall. All supplemental materials must be received by February 10 or the application will be disqualified as being late. We do not admit students in the spring semester.

When will I know if I've been accepted?

The application deadline is February 1. After the Co-Directors review the pool of applications, some applicants will be selected for a personal interview, which is the next stage of the admission process. Interviews are typically scheduled in mid-February and are conducted in March. At the conclusion of the interviews, we will make admission recommendations to Graduate Education. Not all applicants who are interviewed will be recommended for admission into the program. Graduate Education makes the final admission determination and will notify applicants of the outcome of their application, typically by late April.

If I'm admitted to the program, can I defer my admission?

No. Deferred admissions are not available for this program. If a student who has been admitted determines that he or she cannot attend the program for the year of admission, the student will need to reapply to the program and resubmit the required application materials.

How do I learn more?

Because of the high volume of prospective applicants, it is no longer possible to schedule individual informational meetings. We encourage prospective students to attend one of the group informational meetings on campus in the fall (dates will be posted on the program's webpage by the start of the fall semester) to learn more about the program. Specific questions that are not covered on this webpage can be directed to either or