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