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.

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 two semesters of supervised internships at local mental health counseling agencies.

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

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 663 Counseling Military Families (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).

MAMFT July 31, 2015 Student Achievement Data
Advertised Program Length 3 years
Maximum Time to Complete Program 6 years

Year Full Time Students
Entered Program
Graduation Rate* Graduation Rate by the advertised (minimum) length of program completion. Graduation Rate by the maximum allowable time for program completion. National Exam Pass Rate** Licensure Rate**
2005 - 2006 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2006 - 2007 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2007 - 2008 66.7% 33.33% 66.7% 0.00% 0.00%
2008 - 2009 63.64% 18.18% 63.64% 0.00% 0.00%
2009 - 2010 70.00% 36.67% 70.00% 100.00% 9.52%
2010 - 2011 64.71% 23.53% 64.71% 100.00% 0.00%
2011 - 2012 44.00% 16.00% 44.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2012 - 2013 13.04% 13.04% 13.04% 0.00% 0.00%
2013 - 2014 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2014 - 2015 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%** 0.00%**
Year Full Time Students
Entered Program
Graduation Rate* Graduation Rate by the advertised (minimum) length of program completion. Graduation Rate by the maximum allowable time for program completion. National Exam Pass Rate** Licensure Rate**
2005 - 2006 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2006 - 2007 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2007 - 2008 50.0% 0.00% 50.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2008 - 2009 29.41% 29.41% 29.41% 0.00% 0.00%
2009 - 2010 47.62% 19.05% 47.62% 0.00% 0.00%
2010 - 2011 45.45% 18.18% 45.45%
100.00% 20.00%
2011 - 2012 0.00%
0.00%
0.00%
0.00% 0.00%
2012 - 2013 12.50% 12.50%
12.50%
0.00% 0.00%
2013 - 2014 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
2014 - 2015 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%** 0.00%**

*2008-2015 Graduates:53.8% of all of our graduates to date have completed the program in 10 trimester terms, which is 3.33 years. Many of our students are taking an extra term to graduate because they are choosing to take additional elective classes outside the required curriculum for two reasons: 1) We offer classes that prepare students to attain additional credentialing, such as registered Play Therapist and certification as an Addiction Counselor and 2) Students have chosen to take elective classes while they are completing prerequisites for their clinical component.

**National Exam Pass Rate, Licensure Rate, and Job Placement Rate: National Exam Pass rate, Licensure rate, and Job Placement rate data are collected from our alumni survey, which had 22 responses total for the 2014-2015 academic year. Since 22 out of our 62 alumni responded, we had a 35% response rate. We know that it takes most full-time students 3.3 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. Therefore there is limited data available for our exam pass rates and licensure rates. 

**Based on our alumni survey with 22 out of 62 responding during the 2014-2015 academic year: 100 % of the respondents are employed in the field of MFT, 73% (16 alumni) finished the program in 3 years, 10 alumni had taken the AMFTRB national exam, and 9 of them passed the exam. 


Tuition Fall 2016-Summer 2017

Tuition (per semester hour) $625
Other Fees
Application Fee $50
Background Check (external agency fee) $20
Task Stream (external agency fee) $90
Practicum Fee (one time) $500
Graduation Application Fee $50
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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. 

See upcoming information sessions here.