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M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy Curriculum


The MFT Program Curriculum is designed to form skilled and competent marriage and family therapists who integrate their personhood as followers of Christ, as well as to meet the licensure requirements for the state of Illinois.

The below curriculum is an example. Please note that the most current and official curriculum information is found in our Course Catalog. Our M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy is comprised of 60 credit hours divided into three different sections: Core Courses (44 credit hours), Clinical Pre-Practicum and Practicum (10 credit hours), and Theological Studies (6 credit hours).

Year 1
Fall Semester
16 Total Credits
Year 1
Spring Semester
14 Total Credits
Year 1
Summer Semester
3 Total Credits
MAFT 601. Enduring Questions for Systemic Therapists (1) MAFT 633. Couple Therapy: Systemic Assessment and Intervention (3) MAFT 683. Summer Clinical Practicum I (0)
MAFT 624. MFT Ethics and Professional Practice (3) MAFT 635. Marriage and Family Therapy II: Systemic Assessment and Intervention (3) MAFT 657. MFT Clinical Development: Improv (1) 
MAFT 631. Individual and Family Life Cycle Development (3) MAFT 637. Families in Context: Culture, Class, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexual Identity, and Religion (3) MAFT 658. The Business of Marriage and Family Therapy (1) 
MAFT  634. Marriage and Family Therapy I: Theoretical Foundations (3) BITH 561. Theological Anthropology (2) MAFT 659. Human Sexuality (1) 
MAFT 642. Psychopathology and the Family (3) MAFT 672. Personal and Professional Development Group II (PPDG) (1)  
MAFT 671. Personal and Professional 
Development Group I (PPDG) (1)
MAFT 682. Clinical Pre-Practicum II (2)  
MAFT 681. Clinical Pre-Practicum I (2)    
Year 2
Fall Semester
14 Total Credits
Year 2
Spring Semester
13 Total Credits
Year 2 
Summer Semester
0 Total Credits
MAFT 645. Systemic Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3) MAFT 618. Family Therapy Research and Implications for Evidence-Based Practice (3) MAFT 686. Summer Clinical Practicum II (0)
PSYC 512. Theories and Principles of Counseling (3) MAFT 643. Trauma and Addiction: Systemic Assessment and Intervention (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 673. Personal and Professional Development Group III (PPDG) (1) MAFT 674. Personal and Professional Development Group IV (PPDG) (1)  
MAFT 684. Clinical Practicum I (3) MAFT 685. Clinical Practicum II (3)  
Sequential Years
Fall/Spring Semester
As Needed
MAFT 691. Advanced Clinical Practicum (1-3)


Our Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education logoThe 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, or visit the Educational Outcomes page for a list of states for which Wheaton's MFT program meets licensure requirements. 

COAMFTE Graduate Achievement Criteria Data

COAMFTE Graduate Achievement Criteria

Link to PDF of updated COAMFTE GAC Data 2021.

* 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). This table is reviewed by the program every January to coincide with the program's annual report.
** Information will become available for each cohort after maximum allowed length of program completion (5 years from each respective cohort’s start date of program).
*** Job Placement Rates by cohort is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program and 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.