Top Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Programs

Find out what to look for in a good marriage and family therapy graduate program. Read about three top-ranked schools with programs in MFT, and check out what degrees each school offers. Schools offering Marriage & Family Therapy degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Makes a Top Graduate School for Marriage and Family Therapy?

When looking for a graduate school, it's important to find those offering programs that can prepare you for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in your state. You'll need to check with your state to find out what requirements must be met. You also might look for schools that provide supervised internships and/or practicums, whether these opportunities are at the school's mental health center or at an external site. If the school has its own mental health center, you might check to see if it uses the latest technology.

Top schools often have master's or doctoral programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). This accreditation determines if the school's marriage and family therapy programs meet industry standards and if your clinical and supervision hours will count toward membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

What are Three Top Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Schools?

Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT

U.S. News & World Report ranked Fairfield University the number two regional university in the North and the number eight best value school in that region in 2012. The Princeton Review included Fairfield on its Best Northeastern Colleges list in the same year. The COAMFTE-accredited Master of Arts in Family and Marriage Therapy program offers a concentration in school-based marriage and therapy counseling. As a student in this program, you'll complete five consecutive semesters of clinical training.

Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

Ranked as the number 12 national university in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report, Northwestern University has a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program that is accredited by COAMFTE. Working with practicing clinicians from the school's Family Institute, you'll learn to counsel both couples and individuals, as well as take part in community programs. The Princeton Review named the school a best value private college in 2012.

Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State University the 17th-best public school in the nation in 2012, and The Princeton Review named it as a Best Midwestern College that same year. The university offers a COAMFTE-accredited Doctor of Philosophy in Couple and Family Therapy program, which is designed for students who already hold a master's degree in a clinical area. The focus of the program is on research rather than clinical work, but you will still get clinical training in multiple environments. The program's low student enrollment could mean a more personalized educational experience.

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