The M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S./M.F.T.), offered through Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services, is designed for the beginning professional and provides students with the coursework and supervised clinical training experiences to work toward earning a degree that fulfills the educational requirements for dual licensure as marriage and family therapists and clinical alcohol and drug counselors. Students learn to assess and treat families, couples and individuals in their systemic contexts. Initial courses help build the foundations in counseling/therapy skills. The M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 838-9808. The accreditation period is effective May 1, 2014 through May 1, 2020. Students complete the standard curriculum as stipulated by COAMFTE while gaining a knowledge base in psychology, systemic thinking, and addiction treatment as they prepare for professional practice based on ethical principles and multicultural understanding.
COAMFTE has established rigorous academic standards that ensure the quality and transparency of programs with accreditation. In line with that expectation, information about the academic quality and student achievements in the M.S. program is published for the public. Student achievement data,including graduation rates, exam pass rates, and licensure rates are collected by the program and reported to the Commission on an annual basis. The web address below links to more details about what information is collected as well as data for the M.S. program at Seton Hall University.
Student Achievement Data
A Unique Approach
Seton Hall University offers the only master's program in marriage and
family therapy in the state of New Jersey. Students in the program, who
come from the United States and abroad, ordinarily complete the program
in three years. An emphasis on multicultural processes runs throughout
the curriculum and clinical training.
Who Should Apply?
Individuals interested in working with children and their families, couples, families struggling with addiction, and people in their larger family/social contexts should apply to this program. Undergraduate students approaching graduation and those with a baccalaureate degree who want to work with families, children and couples in counseling and therapy find opportunities for professional training ending in a license-eligible degree. Applicants who do not have experience providing counseling/therapy must demonstrate a readiness to do so. For specific application requirements, click on admissions.
The M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy is a 60-credit program that combines foundation courses and core courses in marriage and family with 500 hours of clinical training (100 hours must be approved supervision). During the program, students will acquire:
- Family assessment and intervention skills with individuals, couples and families across the life cycle;
- Clinical competence through intensive supervision with AAMFT-approved supervisors;
- Multicultural awareness, knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment;
- Ethical understanding through development of a decision-making process informed by the codes of ethics and personal values;
- Integrative perspective through the study of psychological foundations, life span development and systems-based theories and practices.
- Specialized training in alcohol and drug treatment.
The degree fulfills the current educational requirements for licensing in New Jersey as a marriage and family therapist and a clinical alcohol and drug counselor, as well as for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. For detailed program requirements, click on curriculum.
Graduates of the M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy program are working in key leadership positions as clinicians in community mental health centers; social service agencies; child protective services (DYFS); hospitals; schools; prisons; and, when licensed in private practice in urban, suburban and inner-city settings in the tristate area and around the United States.