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.


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  Master of Arts degree program take courses listed below. This program curriculum meets the North Carolina Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) requirements. We are a thesis optional program. Opportunities to work on faculty research projects are available to students. 

    MFT Program Required Courses (PDF, 46 KB).

    MFT Program Overview and Course Sequence (PDF, 101 KB).


Students complete a 12 month community internship during the second year of the program. Current interns are current placed at agencies engaging in intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, in-school day treatment, school-based therapy, outpatient individual and family services, in-home services, and residential treatment. 

Thesis and Research

The MFT program offers a thesis option. Students who select the thesis option must complete 45 semester hours of coursework and 4 thesis hours. Additionally, opportunities to work on faculty research projects are available to students. 

HPC Graduate Certificates

The Department of Human Development and Family Science offers 3 graduate certificate programs which MFT students can apply to. Certificates offer additional concentrated training: Systemic Multicultural CounselingExpressive Arts Therapy, and Addictions Counseling.


The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3061.