Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapists are driven to understand the unique relationship dynamics existing between families and society to form holistic patient treatment plans.

The state of the family is changing as society continues to evolve in the 21st century. Marriage and family therapists are driven to understand the unique relationship dynamics existing between families and society to form holistic patient treatment plans that pay close attention to the dynamics of the family system.

The marriage and family therapy (MFT) profession has gained ground in recent years with the increased recognition and understanding of the relationship between marital and family dysfunction and serious mental and emotional disorders such as chemical dependency, substance abuse, eating disorders, disorders of childhood and adolescence and other forms of psychopathology.

Marriage and family therapy differs from other mental health professions because of its focus on the following:

  • Treating couples and families and the family as a system.
  • Present day problems instead of historical or intra-psychic conflicts.
  • Understanding interpersonal relationships as a way of identifying and treating mental health problems.

Touro University Worldwide’s (TUW) online Marriage & Family Therapy graduate degree program helps you meet the demands of a new health care market influenced by the Health Care Reform Act, which has created a push for using health care teams when treating patients. Marriage and family therapists are valuable members of these teams and deliver holistic treatment plans that focus on family relationships and dynamics. Graduates can work in mental health agencies, government agencies or in their own private practice.

TUW’s fully online marriage and family therapy graduate degree program delivers a course of study focused on this mental health sector and prepares graduates to function in this critical discipline to foster the well-being of couples and families. The program offers multiple tracks, so you can choose the option that best fits your chosen career path.

TUW MFT Degree Options/Tracks: Overview

The program offers multiple tracks, so you can choose the option that best fits your chosen career path.

(1) M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Track

*Combines online courses and field internship

  • Minimum: 18 courses (54 credits)
  • Minimum: 6 practicum courses, (18 credits)
  • Total Minimum for the entire program 72 credit hours
  • 300 Total Practicum Client Contact Hours (Please note that some states minimum requirements for licensure application may be more than 300 direct client contact hours. Therefore, students are required to check the licensure requirements for their respective state).

(2) M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy Non-Clinical Track 

  • Minimum: 18 courses (54 credits)
  • No practicum course requirement
  • No clinical hour requirement

(3) M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC) Track

*Combines online courses and field internship

  • Minimum: 18 courses (54 credits)
  • Minimum: 4 courses of LPCC, (10 credits)
  • Minimum: 6 practicum courses, (18 credits)
  • Total Minimum for the entire program 82 credit hours
  • 300 Total Practicum Client Contact Hours (Please note that some states minimum requirements for licensure application may be more than 300 direct client contact hours. Therefore, students are required to check the licensure requirements for their respective state.

The MFT program under the COAMFTE Standards requires students to complete the following Practicum Clinical Hours:

  • Total of 300 Practicum Client Contact Hours (Please note that some states minimum requirements for licensure application may be more than 300 direct client contact hours. Therefore, students are required to check the licensure requirements for their respective state) and at least 100 supervision hours.

Practicum Client Contact: Out of the 300 total hours, student must complete the following hours:

  • A minimum of 100 Practicum Couple and Family Hours (Please note that some states minimum requirements for licensure application may be more than 100 couple and family hours. Therefore, students are required to check the licensure requirements for their respective state.)
  • With the remaining hours consisting of individual, couple, or family hours.

Practicum Supervision Contact: Total of 100 supervision hours with Site Supervisor and TUW Supervisor, who must be an AAMFT approved supervisor, AAMFT approved supervisor in training, OR an Equivalent.

  • The supervision hours will be face to face with your site, and an additional 2 hours a week will be with TUW Supervisor.
  • Total of 50 Practicum Raw Data Live/Video Hours
  • Of the 50 hours of Raw Data, No more than 25 hours can consist of Audio

Publications and Policies

The below links are for students enrolled starting Summer 2018 – 2 session and/or those who formally opted-in to the COAMFTE aligned program. All other students may contact their academic advisor, the coordinator of practicum for practicum information, or refer to the handbook you received when you enrolled.

  1. COAMFTE 12.5 Standards Updates
  2. MFT Student Handbook
  3. Faculty Demographics
  4. Student/Graduate Achievement
  5. Portability of Degree
  6. Student Demographics
  7. Technology Requirements
  8. Academic Calendar
  9. Degree Completion Timeline
  10. Supervisor Demographics
  11. State Licensure Requirements
  12. Marriage & Family Therapy Licensure by State

MFT Leadership Team

Dr. Godkin

Masha Godkin, Psy.D, LMFT

Director, MFT Program
MFT Faculty


Jacqueline Jemmott, PhD, LMFT, MCAP

Assistant Director, MFT Program
Coordinator of Practicum
MFT Faculty


Nicole Laurel

Nicole Laurel, MS

Community Placement Liaison Advisor


Sakeenah Sato

Sakeenah Sato, MA

Academic Advisor

TUW MFT Accreditations

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Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). For more information on WSCUC, visit www.wascsenior.org or write WSCUC at 985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501.

The online Marriage & Family Therapy graduate degree program at Touro University Worldwide is approved by the California Board of Behavior Sciences (BBS), and is designed so that graduates are eligible for MFT Licensure in the State of California (and most other states) without requiring any additional coursework.

Specialty Accreditation

The MFT program at Touro University Worldwide (TUW) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Tuition & Fees

TUW’s tuition is $500 per semester credit. Each eight (8) week, three (3) credit course costs $1,500.

Track 1 credit 3 credits Cost of Program
Non-Clinical Track $500 $1,500 $27,000*
Clinical Track $500 $1,500 $36,000*
LPCC Track $500 $1,500 $41,000*

* Based on number of credits required for the degree

Application Fee: Students applying to the Master in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) degree program pay a onetime $25 application fee.

Material Fee: Students on the Clinical track are required to pay $145 Material Fee during the Capstone course (MFT690), which will provide access to exam kit that prepares students for the CA Exam, National Exam and LPCC Exam. The exam kit is part of the capstone course only.

For detail University fees please click here (link the click here to this page: https://www.tuw.edu/admissions/tuition/

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