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  • Estimated Tuition
  • Duration
    2 Years

Program Overview

A Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is designed to enhance students' understanding and use of intervention methods with individuals, couples, and families and can be completed in 2 to 3 years.

Through the program at Saint Mary's, you will deepen your understanding and skills in facilitating relational health with a diverse client base. And true to our practitioner-based learning model, all instructors are experienced therapists who engage in clinical practice. You'll benefit as you gain confidence through trained therapy simulations, all of which are supervised by licensed professionals teaching in their areas of expertise.

Saint Mary's curriculum in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program prepares graduates to see licensure with the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are mental health professionals who are trained in psychotherapy and family systems. They are licensed to assess, diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and related health problems with individuals, couples, and family systems.

Students admitted to the program will be part of one of two cohorts. A Fall cohort, beginning in late August, is flexibly designed for working adults and will take nine semesters, or three years, to complete. A summer cohort, beginning in early May, is intended for students who wish to finish the program at a more accelerated pace. The cohort will take 7 semesters, or 2.3 years, to complete.

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy Faculty and Supervisor Demographics

Gender Headcount/Percent

  • Female 21/62%
  • Male 13/38%

Race/ethnicity unknown Headcount/Percent

  • Nonresident Alien 0/0%
  • Race/ethnicity unknown 1/3% 
  • Hispanic/Latino 2/6% 
  • American Indian or Alaska Native 1/3% 
  • Asian 0/0% 
  • Black or African American 2/6% 
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0/0%
  • White 28/82% 
  • Two or more races 0/0% 

Collected by the Office of Institutional Research: Faculty included are faculty and supervisors teaching a marriage and family therapy course in the 2016-17 Fiscal Year. Data is self-report at time of hire. 

Course Information

Preparing graduates for professional work in human services, this master's program provides marriage and family therapy coursework in human development, marriage and family studies, research, and professional issues.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree.
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits.
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator.
  6. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  7. Three recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability.
  8. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  9. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.

Applications completed prior to December 1 will be guaranteed an admission interview. Applications completed after the December 15 deadline may be considered for the 2020 cohorts only if there is still space available in the program.

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Key Dates

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Start Date
2021 Summer Semester
2021 Fall Semester

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $555 Per Credit


Integration paper and oral exam fee:$165

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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