12 months
13800 USD/year
13800 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA-LMFT) program at Houston Baptist University is designed to provide graduate coursework to those seeking to work with couples and families as a licensed marriage and family therapist. 


Learning outcomes

The coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Texas. Marriage and Family Therapy Students at Houston Baptist University complete a 3-semester practicum, in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist supervisor (LMFT-S), as part of the degree plan. Before becoming an LMFT, the graduate must pass the MFT Jurisprudence Exam and complete a minimum of two years of supervised work experience (3000 hours) in marriage and family therapy services.

The program emphasizes the development of research supported counseling skills while encouraging students to reflect on their personal values, and to grow in maturity. This program is available both residentially and online. However, the online format also requires on campus residential components.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Theories 
  • Assessment and Treatment of Couples and Families 
  • Practicum in Marriage and Family Counseling 
  • Advanced Practicum in Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Single Adult Issues, Premarital Counseling and Marital Enrichment Counseling 
  • Counseling Adolescents and Their Families
  • Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • Gender Issues and Differences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • International student application deadline is at least two months prior to the stated deadlines above.


60 SCH


On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

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  • 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

  • Show proof of sufficient English skills 
  • TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and/or ACT scores, OR 
  • Completion of two (2) classes of collegiate English taken in the United States 
  • Certificate of completion from Language Consultants International (ESL program) 
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited institution of higher education whose instruction is conducted in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6900 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    13800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6900 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 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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