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Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A.

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  • 24 months
, PA,
Marriage and Family Therapy is an approach to mental health care, which seeks to help people within the context of their families and their relationships, using family systems theories and interventions. Its practitioners hold a common assumption that if the individual is to change, the context must change. 


Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy, family systems, and relationship issues. They are licensed to treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders within the context of individuals, couples, and marriage and family systems. Some of the problems that Marriage and Family Therapist help people with are as follows:

  • Communication between family members, intimate partners, friends, coworkers, or others.
  • Parental concerns such as learning effective approaches to discipline and how to effectively deal with children and/or adolescent’s psychological, behavioral and emotional difficulties.
  • Marital or couple discord
  • Sexual difficulties and concerns
  • Feelings of depression, anxiety, or loneliness
  • Unmanageable anger, hostility, or violence

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theories and Interventions
  • Counseling Laboratory 
  • Psychopathology
  • Human Behavior: A Developmental Perspective
  • Systems, Systemic Thinking, and Ethics
  • Basic Principles of Research Design, Statistics, Program Development and Evaluation
  • Advanced Counseling Laboratory
  • Human Sexuality
  • Therapeutic Approaches for Children and Adolescents
  • Working with Families
  • Contextual Family Therapy

                                                            Detailed Programme Facts

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

                                                            English Language Requirements

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                                                            General Requirements

                                                            • Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum of 9-12 hours in psychology, marriage and family studies or counseling—and a GPA of 3.0. All transcripts of academic institutions attended should be submitted, particularly if credits were transferred.
                                                            • The online application for admission.
                                                            • Three letters of recommendation. This should include a college professor who can assess the applicant’s academic qualifications and abilities as well as a supervisor who can assess the applicant’s professional qualifications, abilities, and motivation for enrolling in this program.

                                                            Work Experience

                                                            • Work experience (paid or volunteer) in an area related to marriage and family therapy or the mental health field is considered.

                                                            Tuition Fee

                                                            • International

                                                              835 USD/credit
                                                              Tuition Fee
                                                              Based on the original amount of 835 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                                                            • National

                                                              835 USD/credit
                                                              Tuition Fee
                                                              Based on the original amount of 835 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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                                                            Living costs for Philadelphia

                                                            • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
                                                              Living Costs

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