About the Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is to provide systemically-oriented, ethical, inclusive and socially-just training that meets rigorous clinical and academic standards. The program trains students in modern and postmodern theories, with emphasis on critical thinking and reflective practice in an effort to develop therapists who are competent to work with diverse families, couples, and individuals throughout the lifespan in a variety of professional settings.

Vision Statement

To train the next generation of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide quality marriage and family therapy.

Marriage and Family Therapy Program

We are a community of scholars who engage in collaborative dialogue to enhance students' educational experiences. In order to facilitate this, faculty and students maintain ongoing conversations in and out of the classroom. We host monthy community meetings. 

Students majoring in the Marriage and Family Therapy program leading to a Master of Arts degree take courses listed below. This program is designed for advanced preparation of therapists to work with families in a wide variety of settings.

We are a thesis optional program. Opportunities to work on faculty research projects are available to students. 

MFT Program Required Courses (DOCX, 143 KB).

MFT Program Overview (DOCX, 21 KB).


Class of 2016COAMFTE Accreditation

The Marriage and Family Therapy program and Appalachian State University has maintained accreditation since 1998 with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

IACSTE Accreditation

The MFT program is accredited by the  International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE) through the Family Therapy Association (IFTA) ifta-familytherapy.org.