Studying Marriage & Family Therapy at Regis

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree prepares students to provide guidance and counseling based on in-depth research and the theory that mental health and family problems are best treated in a family context.
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M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Overview

Our highly interactive, on-campus M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy degree prepares busy professionals for careers as marriage and family therapists who treat mental and emotional disorders, while promoting optimum relational health through a systemic, holistic approach. In Marriage and Family Therapy, the unit of intervention and treatment is not the individual person, even if only a single person is interviewed. Instead, the focus is systemic and relational, bringing together all involved individuals into the healing process. The Regis Counseling and Family Therapy faculty are committed to fostering an open culture of social, relational and cross–cultural contexts of learning that are essential for effective therapist training.

Licensure: Regis University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program is a 60-credit-hour degree that meets the academic requirements for Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) set forth by the Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists Examiners Board. The MAMFT degree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The program curriculum provides you with hands-on training through 6-credit-hours of Practicum in the department's state–of–the–art counseling laboratory. You'll also gain essential clinical experience through three semesters of supervised internships at local mental health counseling agencies. Students interested in being licensed in states other than Colorado are responsible for looking at the academic requirements for licensure in those states here.

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program (MAMFT) is offered at Regis University's Thornton and Colorado Springs campuses. Most students complete the program in three years, taking an average of two to three courses a semester.

As a graduate marriage and family therapy student at Regis, you will be a part of a challenging, supportive, learning community that promotes a sense of responsibility and willingness to advocate for human justice and social change in the world. You will become skilled at creating therapeutic relationships that foster hope and courage for clients who are striving to live more productive and just lives.

Total Degree Requirements: 60 credit hours
Core course requirements: 54 credit hours
Elective course requirements: 6 credit hours

Mission: The mission of the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program is to prepare competent and effective professionals who practice systemic/relational therapy with individual, couples, or families with an emphasis on: (a) excellent clinical skills that are informed by diverse theoretical traditions; (b) personal growth opportunities to encourage person-of-the-therapist competence and to facilitate an awareness of their own approach to therapy; and (c) an awareness of the construction of power and knowledge, and how to work therapeutically with dominant and oppressed people, systems, and ideas.

Program Goals: As a program, we strive to prepare competent and effective professionals who practice systemic/relational therapy with individual, couples, or families. We value collaborative conversation among diverse theoretical traditions to help all of us deepen our theoretical sophistication, clinical skills, and contributions to families in context. Outcomes based on this mission include:

  1. Graduate beginning family therapists that demonstrate competency based on MFT professional standards (e.g. Core Competencies, AAMFT Code of Ethics)
  2. Produce scholarly works that deepen our theoretical sophistication, clinical skills, and contributions to families in context
  3. Contribute to cultural diversity and social justice by graduating a diverse student body who embody social awareness and cultural competence

Student Learning Outcomes: As stated in the program mission, students are expected to practice systemic/relational therapy with an emphasis on:

  1. Excellent MFT clinical skills that are informed by diverse theoretical traditions (SLO-1);
  2. Personal growth opportunities to encourage person-of-the-therapist competence and to facilitate an awareness of their own approach to therapy (SLO-2); and
  3. An awareness of the construction of power and knowledge, and how to work therapeutically with dominant and oppressed people, systems, and ideas (SLO-3)

Diversity Statement: Regis University strongly supports diversity. We encourage applications from persons from a variety of sociopolitical contexts, such as racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, sexual and gender minorities, and individuals from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds. Regis University is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Regis University. The prerequisite course is MFT 605 Human Growth and Development (3 semester hours). The total degree requires 60 semester hours.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Core Requirements
MFT 610 Theories of Family Therapy (3 semester hours)
MFT 615 Cultural Issues and Social Justice (3 semester hours)
MFT 620 Assessment and Diagnosis (3 semester hours)
MFT 621 Integrated Healthcare (3 semester hours)
MFT 625 Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues (3 semester hours)
MFT 635 Counseling Techniques I (3 semester hours)
MFT 638 Techniques in Family and Couple Therapy (3 semester hours)
MFT 640 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (3 semester hours)
MFT 650 Family Origins and Lifecycles (3 semester hours)
MFT 660 Substance Abuse Treatment (3 semester hours)
MFT 665 Gender Development and Sexuality (3 semester hours)
MFT 667 Couple Therapy (3 semester hours)
MFT 668 Play in Family Therapy (3 semester hours)
MFT 690 Practicum: Practice of Family Therapy (3 semester hours)
MFT 692 Practicum: Clinical Supervision (3 semester hours)
MFT 699A MFT Internship A (3 semester hours)
MFT 699B MFT Internship B (3 semester hours)
MFT 699C MFT Internship C (3 semester hours)

Complete one course from the following options:

MFT 630 Groups: Process and Counseling (3 semester hours)
MFT 669 Advanced Couple Therapy Techniques (3 semester hours)
MCPY 670 Advanced Play Therapy (3 semester hours)
MCPY 677 Counseling Pre-Adolescents and Adolescents (3 semester hours)

Complete one elective from MFT or MCPY courses:

Elective Choose any one MFT or MCPY class (3 semester hours)

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.

Student Achievement Criterion (SAC) data is available for Graduation Rates, National Exam pass rates and Licensure Rates at the following link (Student Achievement Criteria Data).

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FT = Full Time

PT = Part Time

*Minimum length of time is the shortest time possible that a student could complete the program (i.e., a student doubled up on coursework one semester and was able to graduate early). Advertised length of time is how long the program is designed to complete as written. Maximum length of time is the maximum allowable time in which a student could finish the program (i.e., if a student needed to take time off due to illness, family responsibilities, etc.).

·         None of the cohorts represented have not reached the maximum time to graduation. Percentages are based on students who have graduated as of May 2016.

·         The 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 cohorts have not reached the maximum time to graduation. Percentages are based on students who have graduated as of May 2016.

·         The 2015-2016 cohort has not reached the minimum time to graduation. Percentages are based on students who have graduated as of May 2016. 

**Job Placement Rate Job Placement Rate is  defined as the number of graduates from the cohort year listed that responded to our alumni survey who reported being employed within 3 years of their graduation utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program divided by the number of total graduates from that cohort. This data was collected from our alumni survey, which had a 26% response rate in 2015-2016 academic year, therefore the data does not represent the experience alumni who did not respond and likely underrepresents the number of graduates employed in the field.

·         No Data indicates there are no graduates in this cohort yet.

***National Exam Pass Rate and Licensure Rate: The National Exam Pass rate and Licensure Rate is based on the percentage of graduates who passed the National or State Equivalent Exam.  It is calculated by dividing the number of graduates of each cohort who passed the exam by the number of graduates who sat for the exam. National Exam Pass rate and Licensure rate data are collected from our alumni survey, therefore the data does not represent the experience of alumni who did not respond. We know that it takes most full-time students 3 years to complete the program, and it takes a minimum of 2 years after graduation to complete the requirements for licensure. Our alumni report to us that they take the licensure exam at the end of that two year period or later, just before they apply for licensure.

·         No data indicates there are no graduates in this cohort yet.

Tuition Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Tuition (per semester hour) $625
University Fees
Application Fee $50
Practicum Fee (one time) $500
Graduation Application Fee $50
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Additional costs may be incurred based on individual and program specific needs. Some costs are controlled by external vendors and are subject to change without notice. A complete list of all program specific requirements is provided to admitted students prior to the start date. The following list gives you an estimate of additional expenses but may not be inclusive of all needs. Expenses for books will be incurred, as well as potential costs for required technology not already owned. 

Other anticipated costs  Estimated Cost
Task Stream  $90
Background Check  $20

Tuition and fees are subject to change.



How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis enrollment counselor for information and assistance.

Or get started on your application by completing this simple and quick form.

You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.

Eligibility

Applicants seeking a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

An academic background in psychology or family studies is preferred but not required for applicants seeking program admission. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing and skills in critical analysis before admission to the program.

Viable candidates for admission often have a background in psychology or family studies demonstrated by several or all of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or family studies
  • Work experience related to psychology or helping relationships
  • Participation in personal psychotherapy
  • Personal life experiences that would indicate an ability for introspection, empathy for others and psychological maturity

Eligibility for the Masters in Counseling or Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check to be submitted immediately after being offered admission.

Applicants who are offered admission to the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy must submit their response to the Office of Admissions no later than 10 business days after notification. A non-refundable deposit of $350.00 is required at the time of acceptance to guarantee a position in the program. The deposit will be applied directly to tuition.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant. 

**Please note, essay topics and recommendation instructions will be emailed to you immediately after initiating the application**

Admission Deadlines, Applicant Interview Dates and New Student Orientation Dates

Info Sessions

Considering our Master of Arts in Counseling or Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, or one of our graduate certificates? Plan to attend an informative session which includes a faculty guided tour of our Center for Counseling and Family Therapy. Please RSVP to Kendra Docker, LPC, at kdocker@regis.edu

All sessions will be held at:

Thornton Campus
450 E 84th Ave
Thornton, CO 80229

Upcoming Info Sessions
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug 24, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 26, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, October 17, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 18, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, November 1, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 10 a.m.

Please RSVP to Kendra Docker, LPC, at kdocker@regis.edu, with your name and which info session you'd like to attend.