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Marriage and Family Therapy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Provo, UT, United States
Brigham Young University offers a Master's of Science degree (M.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy. This degree is administered by the School of Family Life. The Master's degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).


Ten full-time faculty have primary instructional responsibility for the graduate program with support from other faculty in the School of Family Life. Major MFT courses and clinical practicae are conducted in the BYU Comprehensive Clinic which also houses programs in clinical psychology, language disorders, audiology, and social work. Additional practicum experience may also available in various inpatient and outpatient medical and mental health facilities in the community after one year of seeing clients on-site and at the discretion and approval of a student's advisor and the clinical director.

Applicants eligible for admission to the MS program will have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college undergraduate major is required, although study in the social sciences is desirable. Please visit the Suggested Courses page for a list of preferred undergraduate courses. The Graduate School requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above for the last sixty hours for admission. Competitive applicants typically have a 3.7 GPA or higher, a verbal and quantitative GRE combined score near 300 and a score of 4.0 or higher on the written portion of the GRE.

Beginning no later than halfway through the first academic year, the student is involved in direct clinical work with individuals, couples and families. Clinical work, occupying approximately 10-15 hours per week, will continue without interruption, except for established holidays, for the balance of the student’s academic program until the student has reached 500 direct clinical hours (of which at least 251 are relational). Direct client contact is defined as face-to-face (therapist and client) therapeutic intervention. Students will be engaged in a supervision class with a faculty member each semester and term of their program where they will learn about record keeping, documentation, and receive feedback on their clinical skills and abilities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Statistics in Family Studies
  • Theoretical Foundations of Family Systems for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychopathology and Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Marital and Individual Psychotherapy
  • Issues of Gender and Ethnicity in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues for Family Therapists

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Clinical and human services experience (do not include LDS mission experiences here).
  • Research experience.
  • Online application only.
  • Application Username
  • BYU Net ID Instructions
  • Obtain an Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Request letters of recommendation
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    832 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 832 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    416 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 416 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Provo

  • 944 - 1640 USD/month
    Living Costs

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