About the Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is to provide clinical and academic training in marriage and family therapy to students who are committed to ethical, effective, systemic, multicultural informed practice of marriage and family therapy and to functioning at a high level of clinical competence.

Group photo of Marriage and Family Therapy graduates, class of 2016Vision Statement

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

Marriage and Family Therapy Program

We think of the people in our program as a community of scholars and we expect them to be able and willing to engage in a collaborative dialogue with us to enhance their educational experience. In order to facilitate this, faculty is in an ongoing conversation with student.

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

Click here to view the Required Courses (DOCX, 143 KB).

Click here to view a Program Overview (DOCX, 21 KB).


Class of 2016COAMFTE Accreditation

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

IFTA Accreditation

We are pleased to announce our new accreditation with the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA). For more information on IFTA, please visit their website at ifta-familytherapy.org.