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.
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:
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?
The deadline for Fall 2023 will be March 1, 2023.
We are currently accepting applications for the MFT program in Austin.
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
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.