MA: Marriage and Family Therapy

HBU Online Learning Program


About the Degree

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA-LMFT) program is designed to provide graduate coursework to those seeking to work with couples and families as a licensed marriage and family therapist. The program emphasizes the development of research supported counseling skills while encouraging students to reflect on their personal values, and to grow in maturity. There will be classes offered online, but there are required on-campus classes due to state mandates.

The coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Texas. Students complete a 3-semester practicum, in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist supervisor (LMFT-S), as part of the degree plan. Before becoming an LMFT, the graduate must pass the MFT Jurisprudence Exam and complete a minimum of two years of supervised work experience (3000 hours) in marriage and family therapy services.

Admissions Requirements

Students must provide all official transcripts, two recommendations, a resume/CV, an official GRE report, and complete an interview.

Transcripts should be sent from the college or university that awarded your bachelor’s degree to The Graduate School.  Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted. **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any post-baccalaureate or graduate level transcripts will also be required. Candidates have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with a major in psychology in the last seven years from a regionally accredited college or university. Coursework should include the following: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics with a grade of B or better. Candidates have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with another major, but have taken undergraduate Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics in the last seven years and passed with a grade of B or better.  These courses may have been taken as part of the bachelor’s degree, or may have been taken separately (e.g., at a community college.)  Candidates may be accepted into the program and then take PSYC 5300 (General Psychology), PSYC 5301 (Introduction to Statistics), and PSYC 5302 (Abnormal Psychology) before beginning their graduate coursework.

Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.

Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old).  All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing.  Details may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website.  The HBU GRE code is 6282. *You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.

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