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 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
14 Total Credits
Year 1
Spring Semester
15 Total Credits
Year 1
Summer Semester
6 Total Credits
MAFT 601. Enduring Questions for Systemic Therapists (1) MAFT 633. Couple Therapy: Systemic Assessment and Intervention (3) MAFT 677. Summer Practicum and Supervision III (1)
MAFT 624. MFT Ethics and Professional Practice (3) MAFT 635. Marriage and Family Therapy II: Systemic Assessment and Intervention (3) MAFT 631. Individual and Family Life Cycle Development (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 690. Play Therapy (1) 
MAFT 642. Psychopathology and the Family (3) BITH 561. Theological Anthropology (2) MAFT 659. Human Sexuality (1) 
MAFT 671. Personal and Professional 
Development Group I (PPDG) (1)
MAFT 672. Personal and Professional Development Group II (PPDG) (1)  
MAFT 675. Practicum & Supervision I (3) MAFT 676. Practicum & Supervision II (3)  
Year 2
Fall Semester
13 Total Credits
Year 2
Spring Semester
12 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 691. Advanced Clinical Practicum (1)
PSYC 512. Theories and Principles of Counseling (3) MAFT 643. Trauma and Addiction: Systemic Assessment and Intervention (3)  
BITH 565. Christian Theology (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 678. Internship & Supervision I (2) MAFT 679. Internship & Supervision II (2)  
Sequential Years
Fall/Spring Semester
As Needed
MAFT 691. Advanced Clinical Practicum (0-3)


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 standardsestablished 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 the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) website, or visit the Educational Outcomes page for a list of states for which Wheaton's MFT program meets licensure requirements. 


COAMFTE Graduate Achievement Data 2024

Graduate Achievement Data Disclosure 2024

IP=In Process: Students from the cohort listed have not yet graduated.
Programs are only required to provide data on the past 7 years/cohort or since the program was initially accredited, whichever is shorter.
* Graduation Rate is the program’s Advertised Length of Completion.
** Job Placement Rate is the percentage of graduates from the cohort year that are employed utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program.
*** Licensure rate is the percentage of graduates from the cohort year that have achieved any level of MFT licensure. Licensure rates are calculated 3 years after graduation. For Master’s programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% licensure rate for each cohort.
**** This cohort has not reached the 3 years after graduation mark yet. Data in this cell is current as of 01/31/2024.

Graduate Achievement Data Disclosure Table (PDF format; Jan 31, 2024)