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COST PER CREDIT $610* (financial aid & scholarships available)
COURSE FORMAT Daytime and late afternoon classes
APPLICATION DEADLINE Jan. 1 for early consideration. All other applications should be submitted by Feb. 1.

*for the 2016-17 academic year


  • Spokane’s only M.A. program dedicated solely to marriage and family therapy.
  • 23-month program quickly prepares you for employment as a therapist.
  • On-site clinical training takes place at Whitworth’s Marriage & Family Therapy Wellness Center and in off-site community clinical training locations.

In just 23 months, Whitworth’s Marriage & Family Therapy Program will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to help people discover positive change in the midst of their personal struggles. Through an academically challenging curriculum that emphasizes cultural competence, spiritual sensitivity and clinical soundness, our graduates are prepared for licensure as marriage and family therapists.

Students will gain clinical training at both our on-site Marriage & Family Therapy Wellness Center and through local clinics and agencies, as Whitworth University takes its mission of mind and heart into the community. You will work under the close supervision of clinical faculty approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Your clinical training equips you to provide systemic therapy to help individuals, couples, and families reconcile a wide range of issues and move toward wholeness.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and a desire to have a positive influence on your community by helping individuals, couples, and/or families, it’s time to make your dream a reality.

Enhance Your Career Opportunities

Whitworth’s Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy Program gives you a strong foundation for licensure as a marriage and family therapist, providing you with the knowledge and experience to work with individuals, couples and families struggling with mental health and relationship issues. Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) work in agencies and organizations, as well as in independent and private practice.

"Employment of marriage and family therapists is expected to grow by 41 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.” - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Cohort Format

The M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy Program is a 64-credit, full-time day program that begins each June. Students move through the program as a cohort, taking each of the classes together in sequence. This provides a support system for students as they complete the program and helps establish their first network of professional colleagues.

During the first two semesters, students will be immersed in full-time coursework that provides an introduction to counseling and a foundation for the treatment of clients in a clinical setting. During the remainder of the program, students will split their time between taking classes and treating clients in both community and on-site clinics. In the final semester, students will complete a comprehensive examination that evaluates the student’s mastery of concepts learned throughout the program.

Required Core Courses (18 credits)

EDC 509 Research for Counselors - periodically offered online
3 Credits

Marriage & Family Therapy Courses (33 credits)

Clinical Experience (13 credits)

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree in a specific area to be accepted into the MFT Program?

There is no required major for those entering the MFT Program. Prior to admission, all students must have completed a course in both abnormal psychology and statistics.

When does the program begin and end?

The MFT Program begins in June and ends 23 months later.

When are applications due?

We begin reviewing applications as soon as September for the following June. For early consideration, complete applications should be submitted no later than Jan. 1. All other applications should be submitted by Feb. 1. Interviews will begin in February for early admission, subsequent admission decisions will be made in March. If space allows, strong applications may be considered after this time.

Do I need to take the GRE?

We do not require GRE scores for admission, although students are encouraged to take the exam. If you do not submit GRE scores, we will require an essay that we will use to evaluate both your writing and your analytic abilities.

Can I transfer coursework from a different program?

Up to six credits of approved coursework may be transferred. In the instance that a previously completed course is the same in content and structure, students may petition to be excused from the course at Whitworth.

What kinds of employment opportunities can I anticipate once I graduate?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for marriage and family therapists is expected to grow much faster through 2020 than the average for all occupations. In fact, BLS estimated that from 2010-20 there will be a 41 percent increase in positions for marriage and family therapists.

What is a typical class schedule?

Students will take classes two days per week and spend the other three days in a clinical setting.

Is there a part-time option?

Students can take coursework part time. However, students should be prepared to transition to full-time status when they begin their clinical obligations.


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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