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Program Overview

Program Overview

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) Logo

Lipscomb University’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) degree is the only COAMFTE accredited program in Middle Tennessee. The program provides 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 500 hours of clinical training, you will be well prepared for the MFT licensing exams.

Offered in a flexible hybrid format, the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program is available at our Nashville campus and Austin Center location. Full-time students can finish the program in as little as 24 months.

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.

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Program Outcomes

The mission of our Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program 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 the robust MMFT program, 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 the detailed Program Goals and Outcomes, and learn more in the MFT and LFTC Manual.

Learn More about the MMFT Program

Do you want to provide helpful guidance to individuals, couples and families and make a positive impact in their lives? If so, apply to Lipscomb University’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program today or request information to learn more.

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
  • A 500-700 word essay that explains more about you, why you want to apply to the program and why you chose Lipscomb
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • GRE scores (waived if you already hold a master's degree, optional if you have a 3.0 or above undergraduate GPA)

Applications for Fall 2021 are now closed.

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 500 hours of clinical work through our clinical practice courses while pursuing the Marriage and Family Therapy license during your program of study. 

Capstone: Theory of Change

As a capstone project, students write a Theory of Change (TOC) paper. The TOC is an integrative culmination of all learning in the program into a coherent articulation of how students conceptualize and perform their practice of marriage and family therapy.

Clinical Hours Requirements

In Tennessee and many other states, 300 direct client contact hours is all that is required in order to pursue licensure as a marriage and family therapist after graduation. However, in many other states, 500 or more hours of direct client contact are required. Therefore, we strongly recommend graduating with over 500 hours of direct client contact. The AMFTRB national exam website has information on state practicum requirements in their “Licensure Resources” section. For the most up-to-date information, we recommend looking directly at state board information on practicum requirements for MFT licensure.

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. Books and iPads for the program are 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.

Types of Aid

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


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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 program is available at our Nashville campus in Tennessee and the Lipscomb University Austin Center in Texas. Offered in a flexible hybrid format, the program includes a blend of in-person and online courses that can accommodate your busy schedule.

Austin Center Location

COAMFTE Accreditation

The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program 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.

COAMFTE Information

Cohort Model

Our MMFT degree program employs 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 500-hours of hands-on clinical training. You will obtain valuable face-to-face client work experience to prepare for your future therapy practice. You may complete your clinical training at our Lipscomb Family Therapy Center or at our partnered 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.

Our Faculty

  • Chris Gonzalez

    Chris Gonzalez

    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

    Justin Briggs

    Clinical Director

    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 Prof of Leadership and Public Policy

    Turner holds a Distinguished Professorship in the College of Leadership and Public Service and is Counselor to the President at Lipscomb University on matters of diversity and strategic community engagement....

    Meet William Turner

Career Paths

Marriage and Family Therapist

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of marriage and family therapists will increase 22% through 2029. MFTs help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships. They examine individual and relational suffering of loss, grief, trauma, difficult transitions and conflict as a presence that can catalyze healing.

Play Therapist

After becoming a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist, you can become a registered play therapist. A Registered Play Therapist uses play therapy to help clients (regardless of age) find healing and achieve the growth they desire.

Mental Health Counselor

Working with individuals, families and communities, Mental Health Counselors assist people with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues and offer treatment plans to improve their mental wellbeing. In addition, mental health counseling is an in-demand occupation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 25% employment increase through 2029.