Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

People are complex beings embedded within complicated systems of relationships. You examine the relationships that exist between your clients and their partners, coworkers, friends, and families to learn about their emotional health, physical health, social life, and community involvement. At Antioch University New England, you study systemic, feminist, and postmodern theories for application in clinical settings.

Attend a nationally accredited program.

Antioch University New England’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). This specialized professional accreditation ensures students that the program meets national standards not just state or regional standards for marriage and family therapy education.

Get experience during your program.

You complete 500 face-to-face clinical hours, including 250 hours with couples or families during your program.

Be part of a small, close-knit group.

You get to know your professors and classmates very well as you enter the program at the same time and attend classes together throughout your programs.

Program Delivery

  • Classes one day and one evening a week in Fall and Spring
  • First year students take practicum in the Antioch University Couple and Family Therapy Institute one day per week
  • Second year students complete a clinical internship near their home town.
  • 61 credits

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Marriage and Family Therapy StudentAntioch University New England is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Here is a link to our current student achievement criteria data

You get to know your professors and classmates very well as you attend classes together and work in the clinic during your program.

Theoretical Foundations of Marriage & Family Therapy – 9 credits

Assessment & Treatment in Marital & Family Therapy Courses ; 12 credits

Human Development & Family Studies – 6

Ethics & Professional Studies – 3

Research – 3

Electives – 3

Practicum – 10 credits

Internship – 15 credits

Statement on Diversity

Diversity is defined in terms of differences between groups of people with respect to structural disadvantage and systemic marginalization. These differences are related to such factors as gender, sexual identity, social class, ethnicity, race, religion, spirituality, age, health/ability, immigrant status, etc.

To foster socially proficient couples and family therapists, we integrate all courses and clinical work with themes of social justice and diversity.  One of our program’s top priorities is training diverse therapists here, who will become agents of change within their own communities. Dr. Lucille Byno, Director, MFT Program

Diversity at Antioch University

Antioch University as a system is committed to issues of social justice and diversity. To this end, we work to support diversity in as many ways as we can within the program. However, Antioch University New England is located in an area with very little racial diversity (New Hampshire is 94% White and Keene is nearly 95% White). As a result, our faculty, supervisors, and students largely represent the area demographics in terms of racial diversity. However, because our clinical sites are located all over New England, many of our students work with families from a wide range of socio-economic statuses and religious backgrounds, and in some of the urban areas, immigrant groups.

Our department faculty includes includes White women and men who are heterosexual, lesbian, disabled, and multi-generational.

Our adjunct faculty and field supervisors are fairly evenly split in terms of gender and are mostly White, with one or two Latino and African American supervisors, depending upon the yearly distribution of clinical sites.

Our student body in the master’s program is predominantly female (about 85%) and mostly White at this time, but again it reflects a diversity of socio-economic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and sexual orientations. One aspect of diversity in our student population is age diversity, which has run from 22 to 68 years old. Our doctoral program student body tends to be very diverse and includes African American, Vietnamese American, Iranian American, Korean, and Turkish students.

Social Justice Focus

Social justice informs our thinking about training in the Marriage and Family Therapy programs. We see social justice in Marriage and Family Therapy education as involving the following key concepts:

  • Social justice implies an explicit action orientation.
  • Social justice involves understanding diversity of people and families:
    1. Diversity includes ability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and country of origin, age, social class, religion, and gender (that is, systems that affect individual and family access to power and resources). Particular focus is on underserved and high-risk families.
    2. Diversity also includes diverse family structures, including extended kinship networks, gay and lesbian families, step-families, etc.
  • Social justice has policy implications-therapists working from a social justice perspective work to effect supportive family policy that recognizes diversity and improves resiliency, and have a responsibility to participate in social and political systems affecting families.
    1. Social justice involves recognizing that social and legal systems affect people with whom we work
  • Social justice researchers have a responsibility to do “socially informed” research, which is sensitive to diversity.
  • Social justice clinical practice is focused on helping diverse families and contributes to the positive development of these families and their communities.

Program Delivery

The MFT-MA full-time program is designed to be a five-semester (fall-spring-summer-fall-spring) program.

Students begin clinical work with a Practicum in their first Fall semester in the Antioch University Couple and Family Therapy Institute, and continue this placement through Summer and into the next Fall. Additional on-campus clinical work will also be required in the first year.

Classes for the Fall and Spring Semesters will typically meet on Tuesday. Classes during the Summer session meet on both Monday and Tuesday. Students take a number of common core departmental courses online (including courses in ethics, psychopathology, human development, diversity, and research methods).  Specialization courses include foundational and postmodern theories of marriage and family therapy, couples therapy, sexuality and sex therapy, intrafamilial violence, working with families and larger systems, addictions, and understanding family dynamics.

After the practicum, students  will have a 12-month Internship placement located closer to their homes.  Students complete 500 face-to-face client contact hours in the MFT program, with at least half of these hours involving couples or families.

  • Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competency in MFT practice.
    1. Students demonstrate conceptual and theoretical skills in applying MFT models
    2. Students demonstrate basic counseling executive skills, including joining and the development of therapeutic alliance with clients and client systems
    3. Students will demonstrate competency in assessment and diagnosis
  • Student Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate professionalism, and understanding and application of ethical codes and principles in MFT practice.
  • Student Learning Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate application of broader knowledge bases to MFT practice and content areas, including:
    1. Human development and Family Studies
    2. Working with groups and families in larger systems
    3. Human sexuality and sex therapy
    4. Family therapy with substance abuse
    5. Intrafamilial violence
  • Student Learning Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate ability to critique and utilize MFT research and program evaluation.
  • Student Learning Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate attention to issues of diversity and social justice across domains of MFT practice.

Antioch University New England Marriage and Family Therapy

MFT Required Courses

The courses by semester can be seen in this pdf MA-MFT Courses but are subject to change.

Students enter this two-year program in the fall semester after a summer online course. Classes are held one day a week during fall and spring semesters and two days per week during the summer semester at Antioch University New England. First year students also complete an on-site practicum at least one day and evening a week.

In the first year, students are introduced to systems thinking and to the basic theories of individual and family process, professional ethics, approaches to family assessment and treatment, practical skills in observing and intervening in family and larger systems, and issues of diversity. Students also complete an eight-month practicum in the Antioch University Couple & Family Therapy Institute concurrent with a professional seminar experience. This on-site practicum includes an evening meeting on either Monday or Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and additional clinical hours during the week. The Institute has several family therapy rooms with observation booths and digital video recording capabilities for live supervision of cases by AUNE faculty (core and adjunct) and doctoral student supervisors.

In the second year, students work on advanced topics including human sexuality and sex therapy, family violence, MFT research methods, groups and larger systems, and substance abuse, and enroll in a second year-long professional seminar. A 12-month, 1,000 hour clinical internship is also required. Through their practicum and internship placements, students complete a minimum of 500 face-to-face clinical hours during the program, at least 250 of which are with couples or families.

  • Minimum number of required semesters: 6
  • Expected sequence of study: pre-summer, fall, spring, summer, fall, spring
  • Students must fulfill the requirements of both the standard curriculum and the clinical training

Credentials and Licensure: Marriage and Family Therapy

Upon completion of post-graduate clinical requirements, graduates of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program are eligible for American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) clinical membership and licensure or certification as Marriage and Family Therapists in most states where such licensure or certification exists. Graduates’ self-reported, five-year pass rate on the national MFT licensure exam is 88%. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Antioch University New England is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Go to Student Achievement Data to see our graduation rates, national exam pass rates and licensure rates.

More information about credentialing


For information on how to access requirements specific to each profession, contact American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy at 703-838-9808.

Courses at Antioch University New England

Links for MFT Supervisor CEU Opportunities in New England