As a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), you are specifically trained to treat mental and emotional concerns individually, relationally, and systemically. Whether a concern is related to work or home, parent-child, immediate/extended family, partner/couple or other contemporary relationship, an MFT focuses on providing holistic care from a systemic perspective that is inclusive of a client’s relationships and environment.
MFTs are mental health professionals who receive training in both psychotherapy and family systems. They are trained and equipped to recognize how relational dynamics impact mental health as well as how mental health impacts relationships. While treatment focuses primarily on the individual(s) in the room, awareness of the broader perspective of the systems surrounding those individuals is important to successful therapy outcomes.
Demand for licensed marriage and family therapists continues to increase. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for marriage and family therapists are expected to grow by 14% (faster than average) by 2031.
“We are proud to offer a program that trains new therapists to support healthy change while honoring their client’s lived experience.”
- Deb Polacek, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor,
Associate Dean and Program Director
Learn On-Site from Practicing Professionals
Students learn within a community of colleagues in our cohort-based program. We limit enrollment to allow for small class size and individual attention. All Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) faculty have extensive clinical experience in their subject area and maintain active therapy practices. With evening classes, learning is geared toward working adults who need flexibility. Full-time students can complete the program in as few as 22 months. Most part-time students graduate within 3 years.
Program-Coordinated Clinical Placement
Edgewood College’s Marriage and Family Therapy program offers students an extraordinary advantage in having access to their own training facility. The Family Center is an outpatient, community-based mental health center that offers low-cost supportive therapy for individuals, couples, and families. This facility continues to be integral to the success of our program as it provides a supervised location for active therapy practice that supports both student learning and the mental health needs of the community.
Unlike many other programs, the MFT program will connect you to the best internship opportunity so your focus can remain on the learning experience. The MFT Program has built an extensive list of partnership placement options managed by The Family Center which will assist students in fostering additional skill development in areas of personal interest. Internship placement will always seek to connect students with hands-on experiences that complement the systemic approach to therapy.
Postgraduate Support in Licensure Application Process
Your dream job begins with a plan. Faculty in the MFT program will walk alongside you – long after you have accepted your master’s degree. We understand that achieving your graduate degree is a big step – but it’s not going to be your last. We will support you in the application process for licensure, and in exploring that dream job. From networking to career exploration, MFT alumni receive wraparound postgraduate support. Our success is not only measured by your classroom experience.
A Program with History and Vision
The Marriage and Family Therapy program at Edgewood College has trained successful psychotherapists since 1996. With a “family systems” lens and a vision to bring mental health advocacy to the Greater Madison area, Dr. Peter Fabian founded both the academic program and The Family Center.
We blend the theoretical and therapeutic approaches within the “General Systems” paradigm, with the primary goal of clinical excellence in training within this field. Unlike other mental health disciplines where students may take one or two classes in how to work holistically and relationally with clients, our entire program focuses on training and education to work within this paradigm.
Program Handbook Graduate Achievement Data
Evening Classes offer Flexibility
Graduate in as few as 22 months
Internship Placement & Support
“I specifically chose the Marriage and Family Therapy program for the systemic framework remembering that each person has an experience, has a previous relationship that shapes them. The program really helped me to remember just how important that is…”
Eric Baer ’19 Psychotherapist, LMFT
To receive a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, students must:
MFT 600 - Foundations of Systemic Practice
MFT 605 - MFT Theories & Models
MFT 610 - Clinical Treatment: Families/Groups
MFT 620 - Diverse/Multicultural Communities
MFT 625 - Clinical Treatment: Couples
MFT 630 - Mental Health Diagnosis & Treatment
MFT 635 - Systemic/Relational Assessment
MFT 700 - Research & Evaluation
MFT 725 - Relational Practicum
MFT 735 - Lifespan Development
MFT 740 - Clinical Treatment: Child/Adolescent
MFT 745 - Contemporary Issues & Collaboration
MFT 750 - Clinical Internship I
MFT 760 - Clinical Internship II
MFT 770 - Clinical Internship III
MFT 780 - Clinical Internship IV, if needed
MFT 800 - Ethics, Law & Social Responsibility
Course catalog descriptions can be found here. An Independent Study option may be arranged with the Program Director when needed.
Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your M.S. MFT degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace.
Tuition and Financial Aid information for license and master’s programs.
Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.
Our admissions and financial aid counselors work with students who have questions on graduate school affordability. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to maximize all available aid including tuition reimbursement plans, corporate partnership tuition discounts, third party billing, monthly payment plans, and veteran benefits.
Two scholarships are available. These are awarded based on financial need and merit. Students are eligible to apply during their 2nd semester in the program.
Guidelines for Scholarship Application:
Submit the letter and essay to the Program Director by February 15th.
An MFT department committee reviews the submissions. The recipients for the upcoming academic year will be contacted during April and the funds will be disbursed during the subsequent Fall and Spring semesters.
Applicants for any of the student classifications except non-degree must meet all requirements for admission to the graduate programs
Admission into the graduate program does not imply the right to admission into the clinical year. The last three semesters of the program contain clinical experiences. Students are separately reviewed for “readiness” for the clinical experiences during their second semester.
Up to 15 semester hours of graduate credit may be submitted for consideration of transfer for application to this degree program. Approval of the MFT program director is required. To be considered, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.
After acceptance into the program, each student is required to complete a caregiver background checkthrough the DOJ website and provide a scanned copy of the results to the program director preferably before attending your first course, yet no later than the end of the student’s first semester. If a background check is not received by this deadline, further participation in the program may be limited.
Our program is based on national and state standards for course content and clinical practice. It prepares students to apply for credentialing in Wisconsin as licensed marriage and family therapists. It also supports the development of soft skills applicable to many areas of social and human service.
Learn more about the requirements and process to receive a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Wisconsin. If planning to apply for licensure outside of Wisconsin, find State/Provincial information here.
Our outcome-based educational framework has a systemic focus and aligns with developmental competencies in the following areas: (1) knowledge of the profession, (2) practice of therapy, (3) human diversity and social structure, (4) professional ethics, law and identity, and (5) research and evidence-based practice.
With its roots in the Mission and Identity of Edgewood College, the master's degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to advance professional competency in the field in a manner that fosters clinical proficiency, ethical sensitivity, respect for diversity, and dedication to service to the people in our communities.
Program Goal #1:
Student Learning Outcomes
The program will educate students on foundational MFT theoretical knowledge.
SLO #1 Student will demonstrate an understanding of systemic theories and MFT models.
Program Goal #2:
The program will provide opportunity for supervised relational practice hours and the development of clinical skills.
SLO #2 Student will demonstrate competence in systemic and relational clinical skills within a practice setting.
Program Goal #3:
The program will foster an environment that supports human dignity, respect for diversity, and dedication to inclusive service across communities.
SLO #3 Student will exhibit awareness of the importance of human dignity and inclusivity as well as the impact of social structure.
Program Goal #4:
The program will inform and support understanding of relevant legal standards of practice, ethical codes, professionalism, and models of ethical decision-making.
SLO #4 Student will demonstrate understanding of ethical decision-making and the use of relevant legal and professional resources.
Program Goal #5:
The program will promote the use of MFT-related research as well as the principles of evidence-based interventions and practice.
SLO #5 Student will demonstrate skills as critical consumers of MFT-related research as well as an understanding of the principles of evidence-based practice.
Edgewood College has been continuously accredited since March 28, 1958, by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456 | HLC Confirmation Link
The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program is an accredited training program approved by the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education. IACSTE Confirmation Link
All MFT program courses have been specifically developed to meet the external accreditation requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Our program has met the eligibility criteria for COAMFTE accreditation and is moving toward full accreditation.