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Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy La Salle University


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What is Marriage and Family Therapy?
Marriage and Family Therapy is an approach to mental health care, which seeks to help people within the context of their families and their relationships, using family systems theories and interventions. Its practitioners hold a common assumption that if the individual is to change, the context must change. Therefore, the unit of treatment is no longer the person, even if only a single person is in treatment. It is the overall context of the client’s life and the set of relationships in which the person is embedded that is addressed as part of the treatment.

Who are Marriage and Family Therapists and what do they do?
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy, family systems, and relationship issues. They are licensed to treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders within the context of individuals, couples, and marriage and family systems. Some of the problems that Marriage and Family Therapist help people with are as follows:

Communication between family members, intimate partners, friends, coworkers, or others.
Parental concerns such as learning effective approaches to discipline and how to effectively deal with children and/or adolescent’s psychological, behavioral and emotional difficulties.
Marital or couple discord
Sexual difficulties and concerns
Feelings of depression, anxiety, or loneliness
Unmanageable anger, hostility, or violence

Marriage and Family Therapists are widely employed as clinicians and consultants in mental health clinics, hospitals, schools, drug and alcohol centers, and a variety of other settings. Marriage and family therapists with additional training in research method and design also conduct or direct research.

What is La Salle’s Program?
The Marriage and Family Therapy program is a 60-credit hour degree that can be completed within four years on a part-time basis, or within three years on a full-time basis.

The required courses (57 credits) fulfill the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania (and most other states) as well as for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Students complete the additional 3 credits for the 60-credit degree by choosing one elective course.

The MFT program progresses from a knowledge base of core courses in systems theory to a sequence of skills courses in assessment and intervention, to actual clinical practice, completed in a 12-month clinical placement (i.e., Internship) in the final year.

La Salle’s MFT degree prepares students for licensure as marriage and family therapists (LMFT) in Pennsylvania and most other states and for employment in many professional settings. Upon graduation from the program, students meet the education eligibility requirement the national exam for licensure. The MFT degree also is excellent preparation for those students planning to pursue doctoral studies in marriage and family therapy or a related field.


In keeping with the Lasallian tradition, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy strives to prepare professionals with the abilities and competencies requisite for the practice of marriage and family therapy. The curriculum emphasizes a conceptualization of the role of an individual in primary relationships, such as couple, marriage and the family. Students are provided with course work and clinical experiences that encourage them to examine the complex interplay of all forces (scientific, interpersonal, and spiritual) which coexist within and exert influence on an individual and on a family system.

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Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees

USD $835 per credit hour


14 Jan


La Salle University

1900 West Olney Avenue,



19141, United States

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees

USD $835 per credit hour


14 Jan


Montgomery County Center

Victory Office Park,

220 West Germantown Pike,



19462, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum of 9-12 hours in psychology, marriage and family studies or counseling—and a GPA of 3.0. All transcripts of academic institutions attended should be submitted, particularly if credits were transferred.
Acceptable scores in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Note: This requirement is waived for applicants that already possess a master’s degree (in any field). It also may be waived for applicants that have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

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