24 months
25800 USD/year
25800 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pacific Lutheran University is to train students to become systemically-oriented, contextually sensitive MFT Professionals who address the diverse needs and clinical concerns of individuals, couples, families, and communities.


Highlights of our Marriage and Family Therapy program at Pacific Lutheran University include:

  • The Couple and Family Therapy Center – You will train as a student therapist in our on-campus clinic with a faculty member as your supervisor. The clinic is equipped with one-way mirrors, every session is recorded, and the faculty supervisor is guiding you through your first cases.
  • We are one of only four COAMFTE accredited programs in WA – As a graduate of an accredited program, you will have 500 of 1000 direct client contact hours required for licensure in WA.
  • We place you for your practicum – We have established partnerships with six local community mental health agencies so that you do not have to go out and find one on your own.
  • We value diversity – We value a diverse learning community. Together, we encounter and experience a rich variety of perspectives, ideas, belief systems and ways of thinking. In and out of class, we are enriched by each other’s stories, opinions, and personalities.
  • Truly small class sizes of approximately 20 students– Our students get to know each other very well right away. Students find that the relationships they develop by working so closely together benefits both their professional and personal lives.
  • 100% pass rate on the national MFT exam for our graduates – Further details about our program performance, including the number of students in the program, our graduation rate, and licensure rate 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biopsychosocial Health and Development Across the Lifespan
  • Systems Approach to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Contextual Foundations of Systemic Practice
  • Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Comparative Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Human Sexuality, Sex Therapy, and Couples Therapy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Family Studies, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or the equivalent
  • If candidates do not hold a Bachelor’s in the above fields, then they must have 15 semester hours (or 22.5 quarter hours) of study in Family Studies, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or the equivalent
  • Online Graduate Application and $55.00 application fee
  • Resume
  • Application Essay
  • Two Recommendations
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • International applicants: TOEFL-iBT score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 51600 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    25800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 51600 USD for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Tacoma

1000 - 1580 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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