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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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 centers. 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.

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program (MAMFT) is offered at Regis University's Thornton campus. 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:

MCPY 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.

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).

FT=Full-time
PT=Part-time
N/A = Not Applicable


***Graduation Rates

Although we do not have a part-time program at Regis University, the program was developed to meet the needs of individuals who may be employed full time or have additional life responsibilities. Therefore, students can increase or decrease the number of courses they are taking per semester which impacts whether they are able to graduate in the advertised time. Many of our students vacillate between taking a full time and part time load, which substantially impacts graduation rates.

None of the cohorts represented have not reached the maximum time to graduation. Percentages are based on students who have graduated as of May 2018.

The 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and a portion of the 2014-2015 full time cohorts have not reached the advertised time to graduate.  Percentages are based on students who have graduated as of May 2018.

**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 who responded to the survey. This data was collected from our alumni survey, which had a 28% response rate in 2016-2017 academic year, therefore the data does not represent the experience alumni who did not respond.

  • No data indicates we have not received information from any graduates in the cohort on their job placement information.

***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 generally take the licensure exam at the end of that two year period or later, just before they apply for licensure.

  • No data indicates we have not received information from any graduates in the cohort on whether they have sat for the national exam or become licensed

FAQ

What is the difference between the MAC and MAMFT degree?
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists believe that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context. In Marriage and Family Therapy, the unit of intervention and treatment is not the individual person – even if only a single person is interviewed – it is systemic, focusing on the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital/couples problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.

Is the MAMFT COAMFTE Accredited?
Yes. COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) only accredits high quality programs which meet specific national standards. COAMFTE is the accrediting arm of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Admission to the program is therefore competitive. Graduating from a COAMFTE program will help you immensely in your job search, application to a Ph.D. program, and will ease your application for licensure in many states.

What is the course delivery method?
Courses are ground based only and offered in the following formats to meet the needs of both nontraditional and distance learning students: Eight (8) Week Format, once a week from 6-10 p.m. Full Semester Format, once a week for 16 weeks from 6-9 p.m. Weekend Intensive Format, meeting 4 specified weekends (Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Where are classes held?
Classes are held on the Thornton and Colorado Springs campuses.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?
You have six years from the date you sign your degree plan to complete your degree. A 60 credit hour program generally takes students approximately three years to complete.

What kind of professional experience does the person completing the recommendation form need to possess?
The best recommendation forms come from individuals who have seen you work in professional and academic settings that would have knowledge of your interpersonal and academic skills.

How will I be notified of acceptance or denial?
After the admission interview, the faculty Admissions Committee notifies applicants by letter of their admission status. Included in the letter is the date of the program orientation meeting which is required before registering for coursework. Your advisor’s name and contact information will be included in the letter. Admission will be conditional pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

How many hours are required for the practicum and internship?
Practicum is completed in a minimum of one semester. Each practicum student must complete 40 direct hours of logged experience at an approved marriage and family site. Practicum also requires one hour of weekly individual supervision with a program faculty member, one hour of weekly individual supervision with an onsite supervisor, and 1.5 weekly hours of group supervision with program faculty.

Internship is completed in a minimum of 2 semesters of coursework, and totals 300 hours of logged experience at an approved marriage and family therapy site. Internship students must also have 1.5 hours of group supervision a week with a faculty supervisor and one hour of weekly onsite supervision.

What are the requirements beyond completion of the degree for obtaining the license?
The State of Colorado Licensure Board for Marriage and Family Therapists requires an additional 1,500 hours (minimum of 2 yrs) of experience under the supervision of a board approved supervisor. To become an LMFT in Colorado you must also pass the state licensure exam for marriage and family therapists. The licensure board issues a counseling license to applicants upon completion of all requirements.

Does Regis issue the license?
No. The Regis MAMFT program meets only the academic requirements for licensure. Regis University will issue the student a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy upon completion of all degree requirements.

Tuition

Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the MA Marriage and Family Therapy.

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today.

  • Select 'Graduate Admission'
  • Next select 'Graduate Admission'

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

Application Process

  • Application: Completed the Graduated Application
  • Application Fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates) 
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited institution 
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard 
      Mail Code: A-12
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
    • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
    • Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Review the essay prompts. Two essays required (instructions to upload the documents are included within the online application).
  • Submit two recommendation forms. Select professional and/or academic references who can address your professional and academic potential.
  • Submit a current resume including all professional and volunteer experience
  • Faculty interview
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

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

Admission Deadlines and Interview Process

Class Starts Early App Deadline/Interview Date Final App Deadline/Interview Date
Summer 2019
February 4, 2019/March 4, 2019
Fall 2019 February 4, 2019/March 4, 2019 June 3, 2019/June 24, 2019
Spring 2020 June 3, 2019/June 24, 2019 September 2, 2019/October 21, 2019

  • All Counseling and Family Therapy Division applicants must submit all application requirements prior to the application deadline to be considered for admission.
  • Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview with program faculty two weeks after the application deadline.
    • During the half-day admission interview, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and written reflective assignments designed to further assess each student's readiness for the program.
  • Applicants who are offered admission to the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy must submit his or her 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.

Eligibility

Applicants seeking a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree must possess a bachelor's 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.

Eligibility for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check. Admission to Regis University does not guarantee professional licensure. To learn more, visit Disqualifying Offenses and Eligibility of Licensure Notification.

Ranking

The faculty admits students who demonstrate academic and psychological readiness. Admission is competitive and limited by the programs' need to maintain appropriate clinical faculty/student ratios in the respective programs.

An admissions committee made up of faculty representing the program the student is applying for (MFT or Counseling) carefully assesses each applicant's appropriateness for their respective programs through evaluation of application materials and assessments of the applicant during the admission process and admission interview. Applicants must complete the interview to be considered for admission and are required to attend an orientation upon acceptance. Eligibility for the Master's in Counseling or Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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