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Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Arts

Help couples and families navigate the ups and downs of life.

Our Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) degree is a highly interactive program, designed to help students develop a strong foundational knowledge of best practices and therapeutic skills, from a systemic and relational framework. Our graduates help clients understand their symptoms and how to create change in the context of their relationships with family, friends, coworkers, teachers and others.

Graduates of the MFT program help people understand and cope with symptoms of anger, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and relationship challenges, with the ultimate goal of resolving conflicts, healing wounds and reestablishing progress toward common goals. They work in community agencies, non-profit mental health organizations, private practices, schools and substance abuse treatment centers providing therapy to individuals, couples and families.

On average, lecture classes consist of 18 students, skills classes of 12 students and clinical classes of 8 students. These small class sizes allow us to emphasize experiential learning, and all students participate as therapists in training at our own endowed Regis Center for Counseling and Family Therapy.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Evening classes are taught at our Thornton campus, with select courses offered in a weekend model

Time Commitment
2.5-3 years

Priority Application Deadlines
May 15
(Spring start), Sept. 15 (Summer start), Jan. 15 (Fall start)

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Community Mental Health Therapist

Work with individuals, couples and families in mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment centers and medical settings.


Private Practice Therapist

Provide individual, couple and/or family therapy as a member of a group or independent private practice.


School-Based Therapist

Provide interventions and therapy for children, both individually and with their peer groups, as well as with their families within a child’s school.


Youth Therapist

Build developmental assets for youth to thrive, working in such settings as juvenile justice, community mental health and private practice.


Couple and Family Therapy Educator and Supervisor

Pursue a Ph.D. to become a professor, researcher and clinical supervisor working in higher education and practice settings.


By the Numbers

100%
National exam pass rate for recent cohorts*
100%
Job placement rate for Regis graduates**
16%
Projected job growth through 2030***

*COAMFTE
**Graduate Outcomes, Regis University
***U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/marriage-and-family-therapists.htm

Program Details

Get all the details on our M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy program, including course requirements and application materials. 

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MFT 650: Family Origins and Lifecycles

An in-depth study of the family life cycle, how the impact of transitions such as career, marriage, divorce and death at different stages can be used as guides to therapeutic understanding.

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MFT 665: Gender Development and Sexuality

Explores the physical, psychological, social, cultural and ethical aspects of human sexuality and gender development including gender roles, sexual expression and misconceptions and variations in gendered and sexual behavior.

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MFT 667: Couples Therapy

Examines theories of couples therapy, relational dynamics, cycles of partnering and negotiating, and emphasizes skills for working with couples conflict, violence, infidelity, commitment and divorce.

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Post-Graduate Certificates

Whether you are a new graduate of a counseling program, still completing your master’s degree in counseling, or an experienced counselor, our 18-credit-hour post-graduate certificates will help you become a more skilled counseling professional.

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coamfte_logo_final.jpg 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.

 

To apply to the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Two admissions essays
  • Two professional and/or academic recommendation forms
  • Current resume including all professional and volunteer experience
  • On-campus interview
    • Beginning Fall 2021, on-campus interviews will resume as a final step of the admission process. Should anything drastically change with the pandemic, virtual interviews may be considered.

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Program tuition: $760 per credit hour

Total program credits: 60

Fees: 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. Additional fees may include a background check, practicum fee, books and materials, among others.

Earning your Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis sets you apart and expands your professional network — think of it as an investment in your future. Between scholarship opportunities and financial aid packages, advancing your education is within reach. Explore our Investing in Your Future graduate financing guide or sign up for one of our upcoming graduate financial aid information sessions.

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What's Next?

Learn more about what to expect, from completing the application process to next steps for admitted students.

Frequently Asked Questions

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, taking an average of two to three courses a semester.

During the half-day admission interview at Regis’ Northwest Denver or Thornton Campus, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and written reflective assignments designed to further assess each student's readiness for the program. 

Are your interview dates flexible?
No. No exceptions are made to assigned interview dates.

Do you offer virtual interviews? 
Rarely. In general, all candidates are required to interview in person on campus. The only exception to this rule is if an applicant lives outside of the US and is unable to travel due to visa regulations.

Classes are primarily held on the Thornton Campus. Some coursework is periodically offered at the Northwest Denver campus or Denver Tech Center campus based upon student and faculty needs.

Courses are offered in the following formats: 

  • Term courses: These are seven weeks long and you come to class once a week from 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Semester courses: These are 14 weeks long and you come to class once a week from 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Intensive format: These are four days per month and you come to class Friday and/or Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm

Practicum:

Regis MFT students complete a one-semester practicum on campus. They work with individuals, couples and families while being supervised by an AAMFT Approved Supervisor or AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate behind a one-way mirror or video monitor.

Students will be registered by the Clinical Administrative Coordinator for two classes (MFT 690 and MFT 692) which include:

  • Clinical work & supervision at the Regis Center for Counseling and Family Therapy –Thornton. This class meets for a 6-hour class period once each week during the semester and includes both the clinical work AND supervision. Specific days and times for practicum vary between semester and assignment to practicum occurs after the application deadline each semester.
  • Time outside of clinical work and supervision to complete case documentation. This typically takes an additional 2-4 hours a week. All of this work must occur on-campus in the HIPPA compliant lab.

Internship:

Students will be registered by the Clinical Administrative Coordinator for one class (MFT 699A, MFT 699B, or MFT 699C) which includes:

  • Approximately 20-25 hours per week at an approved clinical Internship site – This time includes about 10-15 client contact hours each week, individual/triadic supervision with approved site supervisor, documentation, preparation, training, and in-service time.
  • Regis Group Supervision- This class meets for 2 hours every week during weekday hours (9-5pm) with a Regis AAMFT Approved Supervisor faculty and a maximum of 8 Regis student interns. Specific days and times for internship sections vary between semester and assignment to internship section occurs after the application deadline each semester.

Yes, many students do work while taking classes. Outside of the clinical component of the program, courses are taught in the evening or weekend format allowing for flexibility depending on a student’s lifestyle and commitments. Once students enter practicum and internship, flexibility in employment is very important as students will likely see clients during the day/working hours.

The State of Colorado Licensure Board for Marriage and Family Therapists requires an additional 2,000 hours 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, as well as the Colorado state jurisprudence exam. The licensure board issues a Marriage and Family Therapist License to applicants upon completion of all requirements.

Regis University does not issue licenses, rather the Regis MFT program meets the academic requirements for licensure in the state of Colorado. Regis University will issue the student a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy upon completion of all degree requirements.

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) outlines in great detail the requirements for licensure in Colorado. Students interested in being licensed in states other than Colorado are responsible for looking at the academic requirements for licensure in those states. The Regis MFT program has not determined whether it meets academic requirements in any other state.

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Student Achievement Criterion (SAC) data is available for Graduation Rates, National Exam pass rates and Licensure Rates.

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Notes on interpreting the Achievement Criteria Table

  1. Percentages noted in red mean the time indicated has not fully elapsed yet. For example, we have not reached the advertised graduation date or the maximum graduation date for the indicated cohorts. This means this data in incomplete and does not fully represent the graduation rates for those particular cohorts. For licensure pass rates the advertised and/or max time to graduate has not elapsed yet or we do not have graduates who have reported taking the national exam yet. In the state of Colorado, graduates can sit for the National Licensing exam anytime between graduation and applying for licensure. Graduates must have passed the Licensing exam to become licensed.
  2. To complete the program in the advertised length of time students need to take a minimum of 6 credit hours per term, with the exception of two terms where they would need to complete 9 credit hours. Since most of our students are working professionals, many choose to take fewer classes per term for at least part of their program. This helps you to understand the graduation rates within the advertised length of time. Since students may fluctuate between full and part-time status throughout their program of study and do not have to apply for one or the other, we report all students together.
  3. Job placement and licensure pass rate is based on surveys distributed to graduates. This means this information only represents graduates that have responded to our surveys and do not include all students who graduated within a specific academic year. The result is percentages may not accurately represent the experience of the overall group.
  4. N/A means information in not available. For the part-time program, this is because we do not separate our students into tracks.
  5. Student data on those admitted and starting Summer 2020 has not yet been calculated and included in this tabulation.

 

FT=Full-time
PT=Part-time

Programs are only required to provide data on the past 10 years/cohort or since the program was initial accredited, whichever is shorter.

*Programs should report graduation rates for program's Advertised Length of Completion which is how long the program is designed to complete as written.

**Programs applying for initial or renewal of accreditation are required to publish the following in their SAC table: (1) the maximum length of program completion (years only) and (2) graduation rates for maximum length of program completion (maximum allowable time in which a student must finish the program). Programs in Maintenance of Accreditation are encouraged to continue publishing the graduation rates for maximum length of completion but are not required to do so.

***Masters and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information. Job Placement Rates by cohort is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program.

****Masters programs are required to provide this information. Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master's programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort. Programs in California can use the California Law and Ethics exam for MFTs to meet this requirement. Masters programs can add a column if they have International students that do not take the exam or if they have students that take either the National Exam or the California Exam.

A Culture of Excellence

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is offered by the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy within the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.