Strengthen families and couples 
in a fast-growing field.

Strengthen families and couples
in a fast-growing field.

Master's (M.A.) in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Empower families, couples, and youth as a clinician trained to tackle real-world issues.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study in our COAMFTE-accredited program.
  • Train with expert faculty and gain hands-on experience to pursue your professional goals.
  • Build your career with personalized mentorship and communitybased practicums.

Our Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program prepares entry-level marriage and family therapists to serve families, couples, youth, and individuals. With higher than average job growth projected and a spot on U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2017 list, these professionals are paving the way for healthier communities.

Our innovative program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), facilitating portability of licensure and expanding employment opportunities.

We train students to demonstrate cultural competency in practicing with diverse populations. We are firmly grounded in systemic, modern, and post-modern models of couple and family therapy theory. Our approach brings together intensive coursework with real-world clinical practicum experience to help students establish a clear professional identity as a Couple and Family Therapist.

We embrace a scholar-practitioner approach with a unique focus on social justice that promotes positive change within personal relationships and larger social systems. Our program emphasizes excellence and scholarship in clinical practice that is centered on empirically based knowledge and techniques. For M.A. students wishing to continue their studies, we also offer a Ph.D. program in Couple & Family Therapy that is pursuing accreditation with COAMFTE.

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, training culturally competent clinicians who advocate for a more just society.

Program Mission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes 
Racial and Gender Composition of the Program
Student Achievement Data on the Program


Our program is designed to prepare expert couple and family therapists to treat families, couples, youth, and individuals in diverse settings such as:

  • Mental health centers
  • Private practice
  • Schools
  • Social service agencies
  • Military organizations
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Inpatient care centers and hospitals

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change with small, collaborative classes taught by practitioners and scholars in the field of marriage and family therapy. Our diverse faculty brings together experiential classroom learning with individualized mentorship focusing on self-of-the-therapist development and real-world practicum experience.

Students participate in a Social Justice Practicum during their first year and complete their clinical practicum during the program’s second year.

We offer future clinicians unique professional development opportunities through our network of community partners. Tailored to one’s professional goals, this hands-on experience equips students with a strong, practical foundation in clinical assessment, treatment planning, and intervention.

Couple and Family Therapy Department Handbook (“CFT Handbook”) is available here for applicants and current students. This contains the most up-to-date information regarding the department and our degree and certificate offerings.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, including a clinical practicum during the second year with a comprehensive qualifying exam.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.


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 Illinois. LMFT requirements vary by state. Through individualized advising, students will work with our faculty to plan their curriculum in order to meet the criteria for the specific state/s where they intend to practice. As the program is COAMFTE-accredited, it also improves student’s portability of their degree for licensure.