Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) offers families and couples support, guidance, and healing. Earning a master's degree in marriage and family therapy will prepare you to counsel couples as a licensed therapist.

During an online MFT master’s degree program, you'll develop a deep understanding of the complexities of human relationships. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to help people overcome many emotional and psychological difficulties. The program will include both theoretical knowledge and practical application on these topics.

To become an MFT, you’ll need to meet the academic requirement for licensure, which is a master’s in marriage and family therapy or a similar field. You may work as a couples counselor, family therapist, group therapist, or therapist specializing in substance abuse, trauma, or similar areas. Work settings include private practice, healthcare facilities, counseling centers, community nonprofit programs, and government programs.

2024 - Best Online Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT)'s Online Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) rankings are based on a comprehensive methodology that considers key factors such as completion rates, cost of living, competitiveness of the institution, diversity of programs offered, and years of faculty experience. This comprehensive approach allows prospective students to make informed decisions about the best program for their individual needs and interests. The methodology used to create the rankings is outlined in detail on the website, which you can access by clicking here.


Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University is a private university located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With a student population of more than 9,000, it offers a variety of degree programs, including an online Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Regent strives to provide a Christian, values-based education, preparing students for fulfilling lives and successful careers.


Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University, located in Evanston, Illinois, is a private research university. With more than 21,000 students and faculty, Northwestern is one of the largest universities in the United States. Northwestern offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including an online Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Students benefit from small class sizes and a world-class faculty dedicated to providing an outstanding learning experience.


Alliant International University

Los Angeles, CA

Alliant International University-San Diego offers a highly sought-after Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy through its California School of Professional Psychology. This program prepares students to become licensed therapists through a comprehensive curriculum that integrates theoretical knowledge with practical experience. Situated in the vibrant city of San Diego, students have access to diverse clinical training opportunities and cutting-edge research facilities.

What Will I Learn in an Online MFT Master's Degree Program?

An online master’s in MFT degree is a two-year program focusing on relationship therapy, primarily within a family structure. A family structure might include couples and families identifying as traditional, split, blended, or non-traditional. The programs are between 60 to 70 credit hours.

The coursework of an online master's marriage and family therapy degree program can feature many classes. Some classes that students often take are:

  • Family Systems Theory
  • Human Development and Family Dynamics
  • Couples and Family Therapy Techniques
  • Assessment and Diagnosis in MFT
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in MFT
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence in MFT

These online master's degrees include classroom work and an extensive practicum component. During a practicum, you can apply the theoretical knowledge you're learning in a supervised setting. Because you’ll study online, this will likely occur in your local community.

Admissions Requirements for an MFT Master’s Degree Program

When you apply for online marriage and family therapy programs, you must submit multiple items. Here are some common elements that applicants usually have to submit:

  • Bachelor’s degree in MFT, counseling, psychology, or related field from an accredited institution
  • Transcripts showing introductory coursework and a minimum GPA (3.0-3.5 usually)
  • Personal statement explaining interest and goals in MFT
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers or professionals in a related field
  • Relevant experiences in the mental health field, such as volunteer work or internships
  • A virtual interview with the admissions committee

Evidence of basic counseling skills and knowledge, such as scores from standardized tests like the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

It is important to note that admission requirements may vary between programs, so it is crucial to review each program’s specific requirements. For example, Falk College of Syracuse University has a soft GPA requirement of 3.4. Other schools may have a hard requirement or a different number.

Be sure to check the specific application requirements of any online master's degree program in marriage and family therapy that you're interested in.

List of MFT Master’s Degree Programs

Find an online or campus-based master’s program in marriage and family therapy today. Our state-by-state listings make it easy to find a great program near you.

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1200 Taylor Rd
Montgomery, AL 36117-3553
(334) 387-3877 x7550

Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294-0110
(205) 934-4011


10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 635-4000

First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929-0150
(530) 898-6116

5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93740
(559) 278-4240

18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-1200

6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
(916) 278-6011

Master's Programs
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-6815

Master's Programs
50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298
(415) 457-4440

135 N Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA 91182
(626) 584-5200

Master's Programs
11139 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-1000

2075 E. Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92019-1108
(619) 201-8999


1380 Lawrence Street, Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1400
Denver, CO 80217-3364
(303) 556-5600

Carter Hall - Rm 4000
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1890


1615 Stanley St
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2278

Master's Programs
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1355
(203) 392-5200


3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
(954) 262-7300

421 N Woodland Blvd
DeLand, FL 32723
(386) 822-7000

Master's Programs
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-2000


1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 333-5800


1 University Pky
University Park, IL 60484
(708) 534-5000

Master's Programs
5500 N Saint Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
(773) 583-4050

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-3741


Master's Programs
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
(219) 989-2400


2030 E College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
(913) 782-3750


204 N Lexington Ave
Wilmore, KY 40390-1199
(859) 858-3581

1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
(270) 745-0111


10225 Yellow Circle Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55343
(612) 861-7554

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3389
(866) 808-4080

Master's Programs
720 Fourth Ave. South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498
(320) 308-0121


Master's Programs
200 South Capitol Street
Clinton, MS 39058
(601) 925-3000


Master's Programs
One North Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097
(314) 977-2222

108 W South Street
Warrensburg, MO 64093
(660) 543-4111


4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3011

New Hampshire

Master's Programs
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
(603) 535-5000

New Jersey

Master's Programs
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 737-5326

New York

Master's Programs
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
(516) 463-6600

Master's Programs
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(800) 637-2969

500 W 185th St
New York, NY 10033-3299
(212) 960-5400

North Carolina

1400 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
(336) 334-5000


3500 SW 119th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73170-9797
(405) 691-3800

Master's Programs
107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, OK 74078-1015
(405) 744-5000


615 S Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219-7899
(503) 768-7000

724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 725-3000

Master's Programs
110 Johnson Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-1000


Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000

15200 Kutztown Rd
Kutztown, PA 19530-0730
(610) 683-4000

Master's Programs
1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199
(215) 951-1000

Rhode Island

Green Hall, 35 Campus Avenue
Kingston, RI 02881
(401) 874-1000


1120 N Ocoee St
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 614-8000

One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951
(615) 966-1000

333 Murfreesboro Rd
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 248-1200

Southern Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-2000


Master's Programs
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX 75275-0221
(214) 768-2000

Master's Programs
304 Administration Dr
Denton, TX 76204
(940) 898-2000

Master's Programs
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1002
(281) 283-7600


Main Campus
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4636


Master's Programs
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
(434) 582-2000

1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 352-4127

200 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
(757) 221-4000


Master's Programs
2326 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121-1814
(206) 441-5352

Master's Programs
E 502 Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258-0001
(800) 986-9585

3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119-1997
(206) 281-2000

Master's Programs
300 W Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99251
(509) 777-1000


Master's Programs
712 S Broadway St
Menomonie, WI 54751
(715) 232-1122

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Tara Moretti, LMHC
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