Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

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The purpose of the Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy is to provide the graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of the functional areas of marriage and family counseling including but not limited to the nature of the counseling profession and an understanding of life span development, as well as cognitive knowledge of counseling theories, concepts and principles of concern to the counseling professional. This degree will also provide the academic credentials for persons interested in becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (L.M.F.T.) in the State of Texas. Graduates are prepared to provide individual, group, and family counseling in community and social service organizations.

The minimum requirements for a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy are:

  • 48 semester hours applicable to the degree must be completed at Amberton University.
  • 60 semester hours for a degree.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is required.

*    PLEASE NOTE:  Students who complete the Amberton University Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy meet the academic requirements for becoming Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Texas.  However, according to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, a graduate degree and graduate coursework that was awarded or earned more than 10 years prior to applying for licensure may not be used to fulfill the requirements.  Students should carefully review the current state requirements for changes and updates.  The Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists provides clear guidelines and requirements to apply for a new licensure.  Questions regarding licensure should be directed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mft/mft_apply.shtm.

**   In preparation for student selection of a practicum site for the practicum field experience, Counseling faculty recommends that students begin familiarizing themselves with counseling opportunities available in the mental health community early in the program.  Volunteering at a community agency that provides mental health services is an excellent way to learn about services that are offered and sometimes leads to a practicum site later when the student is ready to make a selection.

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