Strengthen families and couples 
in a fast-growing field.

Strengthen families and couples
in a fast-growing field.

Couple and Family Therapy Overview

The Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program is a COAMFTE-accredited program dedicated to training quality couple and family therapists firmly grounded in systemic theories who are socially responsible and sensitive to diversity with a clear professional identity as a Couple and Family Therapist.

Underlying the training philosophy of the Couple and Family Therapy Department are vital core values including (a) change takes place in the context of relationship, (b) systemic thinking, (c) openness to diversity, (d) sensitivity to cultural context, (e) CFT professional identity, (f) commitment to clinical excellence, and (g) social responsibility. These are achieved through a commitment to our Educational Outcomes. As evidenced by these Educational Outcomes, the Couple and Family Therapy Department is committed to diversity in a variety of ways including the composition of our faculty, supervisors, and students.

With higher than average job growth projected over the next eight years and a spot on U.S. News and World Report's 100 Best Jobs of 2016 list, couple and family therapists are paving the way for healthier communities.

Our Couple and Family Therapy program prepares highly skilled, entry-level marriage and family therapists (MFT) to fulfill this rising need for therapists with expertise in couples and family systems. The ability to work with families is particularly valuable for clinicians treating children and adolescents.

We embrace a scholar-practitioner model, which means that we train practitioners who can apply empirically based knowledge and techniques to their clinical practice. Students are trained to perceive children, individuals, couples, and families within complex relational, family, and societal dynamics—a systems perspective.

Our robust curriculum is taught in small classes by core and adjunct faculty who bring real-world experiences to the classroom. Our program draws on the field’s rich clinical traditions, coupled with practicum experiences providing students with strong conceptual, assessment, treatment planning, and intervention skills based on the major models of couples and family therapy.

Through strong faculty support, a dedicated Clinical Training Department, and the University’s partnerships with community agencies, our students gain valuable practicum and clinical experience.

Our graduates have a core professional identity as couple and family therapists, and are qualified for membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). They work in a wide variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, treatment programs, community mental health centers and agencies, other organizations, and private practice.


This program’s sequence of courses and supervised clinical training are intended to assist professionals in meeting the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) in the state of Illinois. LMFT requirements vary from state to state. 

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Approved applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an on-campus interview with faculty.

The Couple and Family Therapy Program at Adler University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.