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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) programs (Austin; Nashville) provide the knowledge and skills you need to help individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds overcome life challenges and improve their mental wellbeing. Through rigorous coursework and a minimum of 300 hours of clinical training, you will be well prepared for the MFT licensing exams.

Whether you are straight out of undergraduate studies, looking for a meaningful career change or would like to expand your existing skill set in helping others, a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy can position you to serve and heal in impactful ways.

Our programs can be completed in 24 months through a cohort format, following a specific course sequence.Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) Logo

The Lipscomb Marriage and Family Therapy Program in Nashville is COAMFTE accredited. While the Austin program will be pursuing COAMFTE accreditation, it is being modeled after an established  and successful accredited program. The academic curriculum and clinical experience components in each program align with state regulations in their respective states.

The Lipscomb MMFT programs are supported by an advisory board composed of strategic stakeholders inside and outside of Lipscomb University.

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program Outcomes

The mission of our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy programs is to prepare you with academic and clinical training in marriage and family therapy that is founded in science for work with individuals, couples, families and social systems from diverse ideological, spiritual, demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. This training is informed by Christian values such as love, empathy, forgiveness, grace and tolerance, encouraging students to provide greater service in the home, congregation, community, nation and world.

Through our robust MMFT programs, you can provide effective marriage and family therapy services in a variety of settings such as mental health centers, private practices and churches as a highly trained, caring and compassionate therapist. You will be equipped with the key counseling techniques and skills to serve individuals overcoming their mental health challenges, help couples restore a thriving relationship and lead families to create healthy and effective family processes.

Review detailed Program Goals and Outcomes for both programs.

Explore program outcome information specific to the Nashville program:

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Ready to apply to Lipscomb University’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program?  Please submit:

  • Lipscomb University's online application
  • Write an essay describing your dream job in the field of marriage and family therapy. There is no one "right" way to answer this question. Great responses are thoughtful and may cover topics including preferred work settings, clientele, areas of special clinical interest, etc. It is required that you do not exceed 600 words. This is the equivalent of about two pages (1" margins) of content that is double spaced using a 12-point font style similar to Arial, GT Times or Times New Roman. 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all schools in which a degree was conferred
  • GRE scores (waived if you already hold a master's degree, optional if you have a 3.0 or above undergraduate GPA)
  • Optional--You may submit a 45-60 second video that answers the following question: What has led you to apply for the master's of marriage and family therapy program at Lipscomb University?  
  • Interview

The deadline for Fall 2023 will be March 1, 2023.

We are currently accepting applications for the MFT program in Austin.

MMFT Courses

MMFT Courses

With a robust 60-credit-hour curriculum, the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program offers comprehensive courses to cultivate your therapy techniques, diagnostic skills and systemic therapeutic approaches, as well as a holistic understanding of theoretical frameworks of marriage and family therapy. In addition to the courses, you’ll participate in a minimum of 300 hours of clinical work through our clinical practice courses while pursuing the Marriage and Family Therapy license during your program of study. 

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • Whether you are joining our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) degree program in Nashville, Tennessee or Austin, Texas, you will receive the same quality education in a welcoming and engaging learning environment at a tuition rate of $962* per credit hour. An iPad for the program is included in the tuition. 

    Committed to providing affordable education to our students, Lipscomb University offers various scholarships and financial aid programs to help you pay your tuition. Explore your graduate financial aid options.

    *Note: Graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective at the start of the summer term.

Types of Aid


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Why Earn Your MMFT Degree at Lipscomb University?

Multiple Campus Locations

Lipscomb University’s first-class Master of Marriage and Family Therapy programs are available at our Nashville campus in Tennessee and the Lipscomb University Austin Center in Texas. Our programs includes mainly in-person classes with a few online courses.

Austin Center Location

Cohort Model

Our MMFT degree programs employ a cohort model that emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. It provides students with the unique opportunity to learn systems theory while forming a social system within their cohort. You’ll have the opportunity to develop professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that extend far beyond the duration of the program.

Hands-on Clinical Training

Besides strong theoretical courses, our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program includes a minimum of 300 hours of hands-on clinical training. You will obtain valuable face-to-face client work experience to prepare for your future therapy practice. In Nashville, you may complete your clinical training at our Lipscomb Family Therapy Center or at our partner clinics. In Austin, training will be completed at partner clinics.

Small Class Sizes

With a low student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one mentorship and gain more personal feedback from our attentive faculty in our small-size classes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

COAMFTE Accreditation

The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program in Nashville, Tennessee, is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marital and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the gold standard in the field. This accreditation ensures that our MMFT program delivers quality education and a high job placement rate after graduation. While the Austin program will be pursuing COAMFTE accreditation, it is being modeled after an established and successful accredited program.

Our Faculty

  • Chris Gonzalez headshot

    Chris Gonzalez

    Professor and Director, Marriage and Family Therapy

    Gonzalez joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota. He teaches several courses in the MFT program....

    Meet Chris Gonzalez
  • Justin Briggs headshot

    Justin Briggs

    Assistant Professor and Clinical Director and Assistant Prof

    Justin Gregory Briggs joined the faculty at Lipscomb University in 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University and earned his M.S. in Marital and...

    Meet Justin Briggs
  • Dave Morgan

    Dave Morgan

    Associate Professor

    Morgan joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2013 after a several years in the Lipscomb University Counseling Center where he served as a therapist and the Director of...

    Meet Dave Morgan
  • William Turner headshot

    William Turner

    Distinguished Professor

    Turner holds a Distinguished Professorship in the College of Leadership and Public Service and is Special Counsel to the President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. An expert in family, community,...

    Meet William Turner
  • Tim Parker headshot

    Tim Parker

    Director, Austin MFT Program

    Meet Tim Parker
  • Hunter Stanfield

    Hunter Stanfield

    Assistant Professor

    Hunter was born and raised in Florence, Alabama. Before arriving at Lipscomb in August 2019, he spent formative years in Los Angeles, California; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; Manhattan, Kansas; and...

    Meet Hunter Stanfield
  • Meghan Lacks headshot

    Meghan Lacks

    Assistant Professor

    Meet Meghan Lacks
  • Amber Kelley headshot

    Amber Kelley

    Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Marriage and Family The

    Meet Amber Kelley

Career Paths

Marriage and Family Therapists

Marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships.

Play Therapist

After becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, you can become a registered play therapist. A Registered Play Therapist will use play therapy to help clients (regardless of age) find healing and achieve the growth they desire.