Marriage and Family Therapy - MMFT

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

The MMFT is designed to prepare students for clinical careers in marriage and family therapy.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is housed in the College of Education and Human Services, which is in the top 2% ranked #1 in Utah and #32 in the Nation of all Graduate Schools and is #13 in the Nation for Total Research Dollars Generated.

HDFS also offers a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (MS) with a Marriage and Family Therapy specialization, and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies with a Marriage and Family Therapy concentration.

What You Will Learn

As they study human development and marital and family relations, students are provided with basic academic and initial clinical practice requirements for Utah state licensure as marriage and family therapists and for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and qualifies students for intern-level licensure as marriage and family therapists in the state of Utah.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have found employment as counselors in the following areas:

  • Public schools
  • Academic departments at colleges and universities
  • Research centers
  • Hospitals
  • Head Start
  • Child care programs
  • Social services agencies
  • Mental health agencies
  • Private and clinical practice settings
  • Extension services
  • Financial institutions and agencies
  • Any related agencies that teach about, study, or serve individuals and families

Job Outlook



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MFT Graduate Program Director
Office: SCCE 413
Phone: 435-797-7431

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Admission Requirements

It is preferred that applicants have the equivalent of at least a minor in family, consumer, or child studies. However, competent students have been admitted from a variety of backgrounds. If a student does not have a family, consumer, or child studies background, they may be required to take prerequisite courses depending on their experience.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • PhD applicants must also: Submit an academic writing sample of at least five double-spaced pages in length. Examples may include a class paper, literature review, undergraduate or master's thesis, or an in-progress or published scholarly manuscript.

Please refer to our MFT Application Process for additional requirements.

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Completed applications must be submitted by the following deadline:

  • Fall semester – December 15

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