Studying Marriage & Family Therapy at Regis

Our highly interactive, on-campus M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy degree prepares busy professionals for careers as marriage and family therapists who treat mental and emotional disorders, while promoting optimum relational health through a systemic, holistic approach. In Marriage and Family Therapy, the unit of intervention and treatment is not the individual person, even if only a single person is interviewed. Instead, the focus is systemic and relational, bringing together all involved individuals into the healing process. The Regis Counseling and Family Therapy faculty are committed to fostering an open culture of social, relational and cross–cultural contexts of learning that are essential for effective therapist training.

Licensure: Regis University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program is a 60-credit-hour degree that meets the academic requirements for Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) set forth by the Colorado Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists Examiners Board. The MAMFT degree is accredited by the  and the . The program curriculum provides you with hands-on training through 6-credit-hours of Practicum in the department's state–of–the–art counseling centers一道本不卡免费高清. You'll also gain essential clinical experience through three semesters of supervised internships at local mental health counseling agencies. Students interested in being licensed in states other than Colorado are responsible for looking at the academic requirements for licensure in those states.

一道本不卡免费高清The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program (MAMFT) is offered at Regis University's Thornton campus. Most students complete the program in three years, taking an average of two to three courses a semester.

As a graduate marriage and family therapy student at Regis, you will be a part of a challenging, supportive, learning community that promotes a sense of responsibility and willingness to advocate for human justice and social change in the world. You will become skilled at creating therapeutic relationships that foster hope and courage for clients who are striving to live more productive and just lives.

Total Degree Requirements: 60 credit hours
Core course requirements: 54 credit hours
Elective course requirements: 6 credit hours

Mission: The mission of the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program is to prepare competent and effective professionals who practice systemic/relational therapy with individual, couples, or families with an emphasis on: (a) excellent clinical skills that are informed by diverse theoretical traditions; (b) personal growth opportunities to encourage person-of-the-therapist competence and to facilitate an awareness of their own approach to therapy; and (c) an awareness of the construction of power and knowledge, and how to work therapeutically with dominant and oppressed people, systems, and ideas.

Program Goals: As a program, we strive to prepare competent and effective professionals who practice systemic/relational therapy with individual, couples, or families. We value collaborative conversation among diverse theoretical traditions to help all of us deepen our theoretical sophistication, clinical skills, and contributions to families in context. Outcomes based on this mission include:

  1. Graduate beginning family therapists that demonstrate competency based on MFT professional standards (e.g. Core Competencies, AAMFT Code of Ethics)
  2. Produce scholarly works that deepen our theoretical sophistication, clinical skills, and contributions to families in context
  3. Contribute to cultural diversity and social justice by graduating a diverse student body who embody social awareness and cultural competence

Student Learning Outcomes: As stated in the program mission, students are expected to practice systemic/relational therapy with an emphasis on:

  1. Excellent MFT clinical skills that are informed by diverse theoretical traditions (SLO-1);
  2. Personal growth opportunities to encourage person-of-the-therapist competence and to facilitate an awareness of their own approach to therapy (SLO-2); and
  3. An awareness of the construction of power and knowledge, and how to work therapeutically with dominant and oppressed people, systems, and ideas (SLO-3)

Diversity Statement:一道本不卡免费高清 Regis University strongly supports diversity. We encourage applications from persons from a variety of sociopolitical contexts, such as racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, sexual and gender minorities, and individuals from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds. Regis University is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Start Term Priority App Deadline/Interview Date Final App Deadline/Interview Date
Spring 2020 October 1, 2019/October 21, 2019
Summer 2020 October 1, 2019/October 21, 2019 February 3, 2020/March 2, 2020
Fall 2020 February 3, 2020/March 2, 2020 June 1, 2020/June 22, 2020
Spring 2021 June 1, 2020/June 22, 2020 September 21, 2020/October 19, 2020
Summer 2021 September 21, 2020/October 19, 2020

一道本不卡免费高清Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Regis University. The co-requisite course is MFT 605 Human Growth and Development (3 semester hours). The total degree requires 60 semester hours.

Core Courses (54 Credit Hours)
MFT 610 Theories of Family Therapy
MFT 615 Cultural Issues and Social Justice
MFT 620 Assessment and Diagnosis 
MFT 621 Integrated Healthcare
MFT 625 Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues
MFT 635 Counseling Techniques I 
MFT 638 Advanced Family and Couples Therapy Techniques
MFT 640 Research Methods and Program Evaluation
MFT 650 Family Origins and Lifecycles
MFT 660 Substance Abuse Treatment
MFT 665 Gender Development and Sexuality
MFT 667 Couples Therapy
MFT 668 Play in Family Therapy
MFT 690 Practicum: The Practice of Family Therapy
MFT 692 Practicum: Clinical Supervision
MFT 699A Supervised MFT Internship A
MFT 699B Supervised MFT Internship B
MFT 699C Supervised MFT Internship C

Electives (6 Credit Hours)

一道本不卡免费高清Complete one course from the following list and choose any MFT, MCPY or CFT course for two total electives:

MFT 669 Advanced Couples Therapy Techniques 
MCPY 630 Groups: Process and Counseling
MFT 670 Advanced Play Therapy

Download a printable fact sheet with program details.

一道本不卡免费高清Please note recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.

Take the next step in your Regis experience and start your application today.

  • Select 'Graduate Admission'
  • Next, select 'Graduate Application'

You can email your admission counselor with questions at ruadmissions@peikekhabari.com

Application Process

  • Application: Complete the Graduate Application
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited institution 
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard 
      Mail Code: A-12
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
    • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@peikekhabari.com
    • Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale to apply. (Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Review the essay prompts. Two essays required (instructions to upload the documents are included within the online application).
  • Submit two recommendation forms. Select professional and/or academic references who can address your professional and academic potential. The online application will ask you to include the contact information for your references. Once you submit your application, your references will be emailed the recommendation form with steps to complete it.
  • Submit a current resume including all professional and volunteer experience
  • Faculty interview
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.

Admission Deadlines and Interview Process

Start Term Priority App Deadline/Interview Date Final App Deadline/Interview Date
Spring 2020 September 2, 2019/October 21, 2019
Summer 2020 September 2, 2019/October 21, 2019 February 3, 2020/March 2, 2020
Fall 2020 February 3, 2020/March 2, 2020 June 1, 2020/June 22, 2020
Spring 2021 June 1, 2020/June 22, 2020 September 21, 2020/October 19, 2020
Summer 2021 September 21, 2020/October 19, 2020

  • All Counseling and Family Therapy Division applicants must submit all application requirements prior to the application deadline to be considered for admission.
  • Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview with program faculty two weeks after the application deadline.
    • During the half-day admission interview, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and written reflective assignments designed to further assess each student's readiness for the program.
  • Applicants who are offered admission to the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy must submit his or her response to the Office of Admissions no later than 10 business days after notification. A non-refundable deposit of $350.00 is required at the time of acceptance to guarantee a position in the program. The deposit will be applied directly to tuition.

Ranking

The faculty admits students who demonstrate academic and psychological readiness. Admission is competitive and limited by the programs' need to maintain appropriate clinical faculty/student ratios in the respective programs.

一道本不卡免费高清An admissions committee made up of faculty representing the program the student is applying for (MFT or Counseling) carefully assesses each applicant's appropriateness for their respective programs through evaluation of application materials and assessments of the applicant during the admission process and admission interview. Applicants must complete the interview to be considered for admission and are required to attend an orientation upon acceptance. Eligibility for the Master's in Counseling or Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

一道本不卡免费高清Viable candidates for admission often have a background in psychology or family studies demonstrated by several or all of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or family studies
  • Work experience related to psychology or helping relationships
  • Participation in personal psychotherapy
  • Personal life experiences that would indicate an ability for introspection, empathy for others and psychological maturity


Visit our Cost of Tuition page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the MA Marriage and Family Therapy.

一道本不卡免费高清Regis University is accredited by .

The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.

Student Achievement Criterion (SAC) data is available for Graduation Rates, National Exam pass rates and Licensure Rates at the following link ().

Notes on Interpreting the Achievement Criteria Table

一道本不卡免费高清1. Percentages noted in red mean the time indicated has not fully elapsed yet. For example, we have not reached the advertised graduation date or the maximum graduation date for the indicated cohorts. This means this data is incomplete and does not fully represent the graduation rates for those particular cohorts.

一道本不卡免费高清2. To complete the program in the advertised length of time students needs to take a miniumum of 6 credit hours per term, with the exception of two terms where they would need to complete 9 credit hours. Since most of our students are working professionals, many choose to take fewer classes per term for at least oart of their program. This helps you to understand the graduation rates within the advertised length of time. Since students may fluctuate between full and part time status throughout their program of study and do not have to apply for one or the other, we report all students together.

3. N/A means information is not available. For the part-time program, this is because we do not separate our students into tracks. For graduation rates, and licensure pass rates this is because we do not have graduates from these cohorts to track yet. The advertised time to graduate has not elapsed. 

FT=Full-time
PT=Part-time
N/A = Not Applicable

一道本不卡免费高清Programs are only required to provide data on the past 10 years/cohort or since the program was initially accredited, whichever is shorter.

*Programs should report graduation rates for program's Advertised Length of Completion which is how long the program is designed to complete as written.

一道本不卡免费高清**Programs applying for initial or renewal of accreditation are required to publish the following in their SAC table: (1) the maximum length of program completion (years only) and (2) graduation rates for maximum length of program completion (maximum allowable time in which a student must finish the program). Programs in Maintenance of Accreditation are encouraged to continue publishing the graduation rates for maximum length of completion but are not required to do so.

一道本不卡免费高清***Masters and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information. Job Placement Rates by cohort is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program.

一道本不卡免费高清****Masters programs are required to provide this information. Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master's programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort. Programs in California can use the California Law and Ethics exam for MFTs to meet this requirement. Masters programs can add a column if they have International students who do not take the exam or if they have students who take either the National Exam or the California Exam.


General Questions

What is the focus of the MAMFT degree?
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists believe that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context. In Marriage and Family Therapy, the unit of intervention and treatment is not the individual person – even if only a single person is interviewed – it is systemic, focusing on the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital/couples’ problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.

Is the MAMFT Program COAMFTE Accredited?
Yes.  (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) only accredits high quality programs which meet specific national standards. COAMFTE is the accrediting arm of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Admission to the program is therefore competitive. Graduating from a COAMFTE program will help you immensely in your job search, application to a Ph.D. program, and will ease your application for licensure in many states.

Where can I find the Student Handbook and Clinical Manual?

Visit the Division of Counseling & Family Therapy Current Student Resources page.

Can I transfer courses into Regis’ MAMFT program?

The transfer of a maximum of twelve credit hours from another regionally accredited institution is possible if approved by the Faculty Advisor. They must be graduate level courses of a passing grade (B- or better) and be no older than 6 years in order to count towards degree requirements. The transfer courses cannot be part of a previously completed Master’s or Doctoral degree.  See page 16 of the Clinical Manual for more information.

What is the course delivery method? 
Courses are ground based only and offered in the following formats:

  • Term courses: These are seven weeks long and you come to class once a week from 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Semester courses: These are 14 weeks long and you come to class once a week from 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Intensive format: These are four days per month and you come to class Friday and/or Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm

Where are classes held?
Classes are primarily held on the Thornton Campus.  Some coursework is periodically offered at the Northwest Denver campus or Denver Tech Center campus based upon student and faculty needs.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?
You have six years from the date you sign your degree plan to complete your degree. A 60-credit hour program generally takes students approximately three years to complete.

What is the structure of practicum?

一道本不卡免费高清Regis MAMFT students complete a one-semester practicum on campus. They work with individuals, couples and families while being supervised by an AAMFT Approved Supervisor or AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate behind a one-way mirror or video monitor.

Students will be registered by the Clinical Administrative Coordinator for two classes (MFT690 & MFT692) which include:

  • Clinical work & supervision at the Regis Center for Counseling and Family Therapy –Thornton. This class meets for a 6-hour class period once each week during the semester and includes both the clinical work AND supervision. Specific days and times for practicum vary between semester and assignment to practicum occurs after the application deadline each semester.
  • Time outside of clinical work and supervision to complete case documentation. This typically takes an additional 2-4 hours a week. All of this work must occur on-campus in the HIPPA compliant lab.

See PRACTICUM section of the Clinical Manual for more details.

What is the structure of internship?

Students will be registered by the Clinical Administrative Coordinator for one class (MFT 699A, MFT 699B, or MFT 699C)- which includes:

  • Approximately 20-25 hours per week at an approved clinical Internship site – This time includes about 10-15 client contact hours each week, individual/triadic supervision with approved site supervisor, documentation, preparation, training, and in-service time.
  • Regis Group Supervision- This class meets for 2 hours every week during weekday hours (9-5pm) with a Regis AAMFT Approved Supervisor faculty and a maximum of 8 Regis student interns. Specific days and times for internship sections vary between semester and assignment to internship section occurs after the application deadline each semester.

See INTERNSHIP section of Clinical Manual for more details.

How many hours are required for the practicum and internship?
Students must accrue a minimum of 500 clinical hours in order to complete the clinical component of the MAMFT program. See pages 8-9 of the Clinical Manual for more details.

How do students pay for the program? 
The majority of student in the program are paying for tuition through student loans. Once admitted to the program, student will have a financial aid counselor available to work with you on securing loans.  Regis has two graduate scholarships and an external scholarship database that students can use to seek additional scholarship opportunities.  Find more information at our Financial Aid website.

Can I work while in the program?

Students can work while they are completing the program.  Outside of the clinical component of the program, courses are taught in the evening or weekend format allowing for flexibility depending on a student’s lifestyle and commitments.  Once students enter practicum and internship, flexibility in employment is very important as students will likely see clients during the day/working hours.

Is there housing available for graduate students on campus? 

Housing on-campus is not available to graduate students in the MAMFT program.



Application Questions

What are the prerequisites for the program?

There are no prerequisites for applying to the MAMFT program.  However, prior to graduation, students must complete a Human Growth and Development course.  Students may transfer in an equivalent undergraduate or graduate course taken within the last 6 years (must be approved by MFT Chair).

Does Regis require the GRE?

No, GRE scores are not required to apply.

What is the minimum GPA needed to apply?

一道本不卡免费高清A 3.0 or higher GPA is preferred.  Applicants must have a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA to apply.  Candidates below a 2.75 GPA are encouraged to speak to an admissions counselor as applicants with a GPA below a 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis.

As a Jesuit institution, do you use “religion” as a criterion for acceptance?
No. Regis University does not use religion as a criterion for admission.

What are you looking for in applicants?

  • Graduate level writing and critical analysis skills
  • Academic background in psychology, family studies or related area is preferred
  • Experience (professional, academic, and/or volunteer), preferably related to the mental health and psychology field, that has exposed the applicant to the clinical space, given them the chance to determine why this field will be a good career fit for them and provided opportunities to develop introspective, self-awareness and relationship-building skills.

Are there any requirements as to who should complete the letters of recommendation and how many are needed?

Two recommendation forms are required as part of the application process.  Select professional and/or academic references who can address your professional and academic potential.  Professional references should come from a supervisor.  Do not submit references from:

  • Peers or friends
  • Personal counselor or therapist
  • Family members

What happens after I submit my application?

Barring any issues with their fully completed applications and if applicants meet the admissions requirements, applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview with program faculty one to two weeks after the application deadline.

What can I expect from the interview process?

During the half-day admission interview at Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and written reflective assignments designed to further assess each student's readiness for the program.

Are your interview dates flexible?
No. No exceptions are made to assigned interview dates.

Do you offer phone or Skype interviews? 
Rarely. In general, all candidates are required to interview in person on campus. The only exception to this rule is if an applicant lives outside of the US and is unable to travel due to visa regulations.

How will I be notified of my admissions decision?
After the admission interview, candidates are notified by email and mail of their admission decision. Admission will be conditional pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.



Licensure Questions

What are the requirements beyond completion of the degree for obtaining the license? 
The State of Colorado Licensure Board for Marriage and Family Therapists requires an additional 2,000 hours of experience under the supervision of a board approved supervisor. To become an LMFT in Colorado you must also pass the state licensure exam for marriage and family therapists. The licensure board issues a counseling license to applicants upon completion of all requirements.

Does Regis issue the license?
No. The Regis MAMFT program meets only the academic requirements for licensure. Regis University will issue the student a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy upon completion of all degree requirements.  Students interested in being licensed in states other than Colorado are responsible for looking at the academic requirements for licensure in those states.

Where can I find more information on LMFT licensure in Colorado?

The outlines in great detail the requirements for licensure in Colorado.