Marriage and Family Therapy, MAS
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. Your time is important, and the program's accelerated, applied format means that you will earn your degree in 15 to 18 months instead of spending three or four years in a traditional program.
Degree Awarded: Marriage and Family Therapy, MAS
This self-contained accelerated MAS program in marriage and family therapy provides high-quality coursework and supervised internship experiences designed to train practitioners who wish to practice marriage and family therapy.
The curriculum and degree requirements have been specified and approved by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and are devised to meet the degree requirements for licensure in the State of Arizona for the practice of marriage and family therapy.
Informational Sessions 2023
If you are interested in a career in Marriage and Family Therapy, ASU's Master's in Advanced Studies in Marriage & Family Therapy (MAS-MFT) is hosting two informational sessions on Zoom this fall. Please join the program's co-directors to learn more – no RSVP necessary. Please see the Zoom links below – we hope to see you then!
- Monday, October 16, 12-1 pm
- Wednesday, November 15, 12-1pm
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.
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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.
At a Glance: program details
- Location: Tempe campus
- Second Language Requirement: No
The master's degree program in marriage and family therapy requires the successful completion of a minimum of 39 credit hours and a project, including required coursework and completion of 300 client-contact hours in a community internship placement approved by the master's degree in marriage and family therapy faculty. Internships are expected to last approximately 12 months. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in all coursework and satisfactorily meet the expectations of the agency supervising their internship.
Students are required to have a vehicle and a valid Arizona driver's license for internship placement.
An internship entrance examination is held at the end of the first 7.5-week semester to determine student readiness for internship placement.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field, such as counseling, psychology, and family and human development, among others.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- graduate admission application and application fee
- official transcripts
- a personal statement
- three letters of recommendation
- proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of their current residency.
Letters of recommendation must be from three people who know the applicant in a professional or academic capacity. Family members and friends do not meet this criterion.
Students should refer to the program's website for detailed information on admission requirements.
There are many career paths available to students pursuing this degree. A few examples are:
- genetic counselor
- rehabilitation counselor
- school and career counselor
- social and community service manager
- social and human service assistant
- social worker
- substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselor
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees
Students pay graduate tuition (in-state or out-of-state), fees, and a per semester hour program fee of $475. Residency status is determined by the Graduate College. Because this is an applied accelerated program, assistantships and other funding are not available. Students are encouraged to pursue scholarships or other forms of financial aid independently.
(Concurrent with Internship)
Students who successfully complete the first two 7.5 week semesters AND satisfactorily pass an examination held at the end of the first 7.5 week semester will be eligible to interview for an internship placement at a mental health agency in the Valley beginning in January and continuing for 12 months or until the student completes the required 300 hours of client contact. Approved internships sites are selected by faculty members; sites are located throughout the Valley. All students will be supervised by a state-licensed marriage and family therapist.
Students must have their own car, a valid Arizona driver's license and proof of automobile insurance (out-of-state students with a valid driver's license will be able to obtain an Arizona license once they have moved to Arizona).
How to Apply
How to Apply
How do I apply to the Masters Program in Marriage and Family Therapy?
The next opportunity to apply will be for Fall 2023. The application deadline is February 1.
Candidates selected to proceed to the next state in the admission process will be invited for a personal interview with faculty. Our program does not have rolling admissions. Students are admitted for the fall semester only.
Follow these steps to complete the application process.
1. Graduate College Application
- Complete the Graduate College at ASU application at https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp
- Request your official collegiate transcripts to be sent to the Graduate College.
Send official materials to Graduate Admission Services
ASU transcripts do not need to be sent
2. Other required supplemental materials
Submit all of the following materials online via the Graduate College Application at https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp
- Resume or curriculum vitae outlining your employment history, volunteer activities, and any academic or civic awards.
- Professional Statement. In three pages or less (double-spaced) please address the following:
- What has led to your decision to apply to this MFT Program?
- What are your professional goals and aspirations?
- What are the strengths you have that will help you succeed in an accelerated clinical graduate program?
- What, if any, clinical and/or research experiences do you have (either paid or volunteer)?
- Include any additional information that will help the committee evaluate your application.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic background.
As part of the online graduate application you will submit the names and work email addresses for your three recommenders. Your recommenders will be sent instructions on how to electronically send their recommendations.
3. International Students – Required additional materials
International applicants must also meet all of the requirements and supply all of the information requested by the Graduate College at https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate-apply.
If you have any questions about the online application procedures or about the program, please contact email@example.com
Grad Student Perspective
Graduate Student Perspective
The Marriage and Family Therapy program is exceptional in many ways. Most notably, the guidance and support offered throughout the program allows students to excel academically and clinically. The program is challenging in the most rewarding way. Graduates leave inspired to make an impact in their community and feel confident that they have the tools and resources to provide ethical, evidence-based services.
This program taught me more than I could have imagined about what it means to be a Marriage and Family Therapist, both personally and professionally. From day one of class, Mary and Karissa ensure we learn and comprehend ethical standards, theoretical frameworks, and the best ways to connect and make progress with our clients. They carefully select internships and site supervisors who not only match our strengths and interests, but are present and supportive as we become clinical professionals. I feel extremely confident moving forward in my career as a licensed therapist, and I owe so much of that to my small, supportive cohort, this program's curriculum, and the brilliant guidance of Mary, Karissa, and my Supervisors: They are both cheerleaders and challengers, role models and friends. They know your potential, and they will help you to reach it. I can't recommend this program enough!
The MAS-MFT program not only gave me a strong foundation to begin my career as a therapist, but it inspired me to live outside my comfort zone professionally and personally. I gained lifelong friends and mentors that will continue to shape my experience in this field.
Reflection on this 18-month experience in the MFT program is such a rewarding experience as I am able to think back to the first class and my little understanding of what being a marriage and family therapist truly means. As I began the application process for graduate programs, I remember feeling like the Marriage and Family Therapy program at ASU was the best fit as the systemic approach echoed my own thought process about how relationships work.
Although the Marriage and Family Therapy program is a challenging and time-consuming 18
Being accepted into and going through this program for the last 18 months has completely changed my life. While I was ready for it to be a challenging experience, nothing could have prepared me for how rewarding and fulfilling it would be.
Having spent the past seven years working in sports public relations, I had no idea what to expect when I decided to change career paths and move to Arizona from California to enroll in Arizona State University's Marriage and Family Therapy master's program.
Deciding which Master's Program will fit what an individual desires to fulfill their future goals and aspirations is not an easy process. Amidst numerous choices available for graduate programs in the mental health field, it is necessary for an individual to intensively research what each Master's program has to offer.
I never thought that I would be returning to school for a graduate degree, but I know that in order to go further in my career I needed to pursue a master's degree. I considered the Marriage and Family Therapy Program because I am very interested in helping people with their concerns.
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In the News
A specialized program at ASU has trained nearly 200 students who have entered the workforce in careers that have a positive and profound impact on society.
Mary Doyle and Karissa Greving Mehall, co-directors of the MAS-MFT program in Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics.
Courses and Electives
Core Courses (39)
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)
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