MA in Family and Marriage Therapy – Online MFT Degree Help Couples & Families


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Online* with required intensives

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you interested in counseling families through difficult issues? A Liberty University marriage and family therapy master’s program online can prepare you to help individuals, couples, and families find healing through counseling. Build a strong foundation in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) principles and strategies that can equip you to seek licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Courses within our MFT degree can sharpen your understanding of individuals, couples, and family counseling theory, techniques, and effective clinical practice. With Liberty’s master’s degree in MFT, you’ll learn ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling from a professional and biblical perspective.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

As an accredited Christian university committed to the health and well-being of families, Liberty is invested in your success as a marriage and family therapist. As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to design a strong academic program for busy people like you. Our LMFT degree is designed to enhance your life – not control it.

The online marriage and family counseling program meets the highest level of academic and professional standards. Additionally, it is designed to help you meet Virginia educational requirements for marriage and family therapy licensure (LMFT).

Liberty University, a nonprofit, faith-based institution of higher education, was founded in 1971 and remains one of the leading Christian universities in the world. Our faculty members provide quality, professional academic training from a biblical perspective. In addition to providing mentorship, faculty also may provide clinical supervision during your field experience and partner with interested students on research.

It is our mission to equip you as an ethical and spiritually aware mental health professional who has the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the health and wellness of clients across diverse populations. By choosing our master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, you can prepare to pursue careers in a variety of mental health settings – including mental health agencies, public or private practice, faith-based counseling settings, or hospitals.

Choose a marriage and family masters program that is Biblically rooted and taught by esteemed experts. As a Christian university, we believe that Christ should be both the center of a relationship and the standard to which families strive. Our professors teach from a Biblical worldview – and they have a passion for helping you pursue your career goals.

Throughout our marriage and family therapy degree, you can gain the tools needed to understand and serve your clients. This knowledge can be applied regularly in your mental health career post-graduation.

Our online master’s in marriage and family therapy will cover ethical and legal issues, human growth and development, multicultural counseling, and counseling techniques for cultivating helping relationships. From there, this online MFT degree will guide you through the integration of spirituality and counseling and theories of counseling.

In the advanced core courses of this MFT online, you will study group counseling, research and program evaluation, and assessment techniques in counseling. You will also study career development, advanced psychopathology, and theories of family systems.

Additionally, our LMFT degree will guide you through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning in family counseling, couple and marital counseling, and counseling children and adolescents. This online MFT program also requires you to complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam to ensure that you are prepared to enter the field with confidence.

Our MFT degree also requires you to complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, which will be taken over the course of 2 semesters. Rounding out our MFT online program is an elective course – which can be a class in human sexuality or substance abuse therapy.

Each online counseling class in Liberty’s master’s degree program for marriage and family therapy can teach you how to ethically integrate faith and spirituality into client care, which is a unique skill that can help set you apart from your peers. You can then enhance awareness of diversity and provide holistic care for clients, incorporating spirituality into their lives as an important component.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.