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Our M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy is comprised of 48 credit hours divided into three different sections: Core Courses (36 credit hours), Clinical Pre-Practicum and Practicum (6 credit hours), and Theological Studies (6 credit hours).

Course Descriptions can be found in the current Course Catalog
Important dates and deadlines can be found in the current Academic Calendar.

The following handbooks are available for download:


                                         Year 1         
                                  Fall Semester
                                 13 total credits

                                      Year 1 
                              Spring Semester
                               12 total credits

MAFT 624 - MFT Ethics and Professional Practice (3)

MAFT 633 - Couple Therapy: Systemic Assessment and Intervention (3)

MAFT 631 -  Individual and Family Life Cycle Development (3)

MAFT 635 - Marriage and Family Therapy II: Systemic Assessment and Intervention (3)

MAFT  634 - Marriage and Family Therapy I: Theoretical Foundations (3)

MAFT 637 - Families in Context: Culture, Class, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexual Identity, and Religion (3)

MAFT 642 - Psychopathology and the Family (3)

BITH 561 - Theological Anthropology (2)

MAFT 661 - Personal and Professional 
Development Group I (PPDG) (0)

MAFT 662 - Personal and Professional Development Group II (PPDG) (0)

MAFT 696 - Clinical Pre-Practicum I (1)

MAFT 697 - Clinical Pre-Practicum II (1)

                                      Year 2
                               Fall Semester
                              12 total credits

                                        Year 2
                               Spring Semester
                                11 total credits

MAFT 645 - Systemic Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)

MAFT 618 - Family Therapy Research and Implications for Evidence-Based Practice (3)

PSYC 512 - Theories and Principles of Counseling (3)

MAFT 655 - Systemic Interventions with Special Populations:  Abusive Families, Families with Addiction, Domestic Violence, and Under-Resourced Families (3)

Theological Studies Requirement: (Choose One) 

BITH 565 - Christian Theology (4) 
BITH 566 - Foundations of Biblical Interpretation (4)
BITH 576 - History of the Church to 1900 (4)

MAFT 656 - Integration seminar:  MFT and Christian Faith/Practice (3)

MAFT 663 - Personal and Professional Development Group III (PPDG) (0)

MAFT 664 - Personal and Professional Development Group IV (PPDG) (0)

MAFT 698 - Clinical Practicum I (2)

MAFT 699 - Clinical Practicum II (2)

                              Sequential Years                                                                     As Needed  

MAFT 690 - Advanced Clinical Practicum (1-3)



Our Accreditation

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Wheaton College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and received initial COAMFTE accreditation in May 2016.

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
112 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Wheaton College’s MFT Program has been designed to meet licensure requirements in the state of Illinois, as outlined by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. Our program's COAMFTE accreditation will ensure that you receive a quality education that meets the standards established by the marriage and family therapy profession, and will help prepare you for the national licensure examination and Illinois state licensure. Graduates of our program will have a recognized qualifying degree by virtue of having completed a COAMFTE accredited program, which may help facilitate obtaining a license and securing employment post- graduation. However, MFT licensure requirements vary by state; for more information regarding state by state requirements, students may refer to www.AMFTRB.org.

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data


*Information will become available for each cohort after minimum/advertised time for graduation has elapsed (2 years from each respective cohort’s start date of program)
**Job Placement Rates are calculated based on number of graduates who self-reported on job placement status
***National Exam Pass Rates are calculated based on number of graduates eligible to sit for the exam (in their respective state of licensure) who sat for the national exam and who self-reported on national exam pass rate