Marriage & Family Therapy Graduate Programs in Minnesota (MN)

Many schools in Minnesota have programs that prepare graduates for marriage and family therapy roles, including Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Students can pursue a master's degree or even a PhD focused in marriage and family therapy, such as those addressed in this article. Schools offering Marriage & Family Therapy degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Adler Graduate School

At Adler Graduate School, students can earn a Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with a focus in Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling. The program consists of 60 credit hours, an internship component, and emphasis on systems & relationships to prepare graduates for licensure and practice.

Bethel University

Bethel University has a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program that consists of 60 credit hours through online and on-campus instruction. The program takes around three years to complete, offers a Christian perspective, and prepares graduates for licensure as marriage and family therapists.

Minnesota State University - Mankato

The 50-credit-hour Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Minnesota State University - Mankato prepares graduates for licensure exams, including the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). MSUM also has a Marriage and Family Counseling Certificate (15 credit hours) that can be completed with the MS or after the completion of a master's degree program.

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud State University has a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program that features a cohort model and consists of 52 or 58 credit hours. SCSU also offers a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy that consists of 39 to 42 credit hours and is available to students with a master's degree.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota prepares graduates for the LMFT licensure exam through a practitioner-based learning approach. The program runs as a cohort, with entry points in spring, fall, and summer (accelerated), takes around 7 semesters to completed, and consists of 48 credit hours.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

University of Minnesota has a couple & family therapy doctoral program that consists of 72 credit hours and can be completed in four years. Graduates receive a Ph.D. in Couple & Family Therapy and are prepared to teach, lead, produce research, and provide advanced therapy to couples and families.

University of St Thomas

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at University of St Thomas allows students to choose a concentration in family psychology. The program involves an internship, 66 credit hours, and meets the requirements for becoming a marriage and family therapist upon passing the LMFT examination.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Adler Graduate School MA in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy
Concentration in Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling
$16,772 (2019-2020)**
Bethel University MA in Marriage and Family Therapy $11,700
Minnesota State University - Mankato MS in Mental Health Counseling
Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling
$7,404
Saint Cloud State University MS in Marriage and Family Therapy
Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
$7,975 in-state
$12,116 out-of-state
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota MA in Marriage and Family Therapy $9,000
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities PhD in Couple & Family Therapy $17,064 in-state
$26,412 out-of-state
University of St Thomas MA in Counseling Psychology
Concentration in Family Psychology
$25,954

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Adler Graduate School

Admittance Requirements for Marriage & Family Therapy Graduate Programs in Minnesota

Graduate programs in marriage and family therapy require students to have earned a bachelor's degree, although most programs do not place a restriction on what fields that degree must be in (but may require prerequisite courses such as psychology). Students may need to have earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or similar and to have completed a GRE or an equivalent within the last five years. Programs may require students to express their commitment to the field/program in written essays and/or through work experience. Other requirements may include letters of recommendation/references, other essays, and an interview.

Marriage & Family Therapy: Jobs & Salary

Marriage and Family Therapists

Marriage and family therapists work with individuals, families, and couples to improve their relationships. They may work in a variety of settings, refer clients to other practitioners, and often provide a family-centered approach to improving the lives of their clients. Marriage and family therapists must have a master's degree in fields such as psychology and/or marriage and family therapy as well as state licensure (LMFT).

Mental Health Counselors

Mental health counselors work with individuals, couples, families, and groups to help improve the lives of their clients. Many mental health counselors work with specific groups of people, such as couples and/or families, and treat clients for a variety of issues which may include depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. Mental health counselors typically need a master's degree and internship experience as well as licensure.

Postsecondary Teacher: Psychology

Postsecondary teachers work in colleges, universities, and other institutions beyond high school and provide instruction and guidance to students. Depending on the graduate program that students complete they may be able to teach subjects such as psychology and/or counseling. Graduates of a master's degree program may be qualified to teach at community colleges while graduates of a doctoral program may qualify to teach at universities.

Job Title Median Annual Salary (2018)* Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Marriage and Family Therapists $50,090 22%
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors $44,630 22%
Postsecondary Teachers: Psychology $76,710 12%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

There are marriage and family therapy graduate programs available at several schools in Minnesota which may lead to a master's degree or even a PhD. Graduates are prepared for licensure as marriage & family therapists as well as positions in education and counseling.

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