Marriage & Family Therapy

Master of Science

Previously named Couples and Family Therapy – name change effective Fall 2019
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The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy provides the knowledge and skills needed to become a licensed marriage and family therapist and an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow. This program will prepare graduates to work in private practice, counseling centers, mental health agencies, hospitals, family service clinics, shelters, and state departments for children and family services. According to U.S. News and World Report, marriage and family therapy is one of the fastest-growing occupations today. In fact, marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are ranked 2nd in best social service jobs. Regarding the job outlook, ranging from 2014-2024, MFTs are at a 19% increase, which is much faster than average.

A marriage and family therapist is a helping professional who is trained to intervene in human problems in a holistic way. A marriage and family therapist is trained in various theories and methods stemming from a model of understanding human interaction called systems theory. Systems theory is an integrated set of concepts which describes how each person is interconnected with his or her context in very complex ways, and looks at the individual as simultaneously a whole entity and as part of a larger system. Systems theory holds that individuals function in relation to others and in relation to a set of circumstances that dictate how each person is to react. Conversely, the individual is also seen as being capable of having powerful input into how the larger system operates and can have an influence in changing his or her environment.

Please Note:  The MS in Couples and Family Therapy program will officially change names to MS in Marriage and Family Therapy for the 19-20 academic year.  If you will be applying to the program for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019 semesters, your application will be considered for the program under the name Couples and Family Therapy. In Summer 2019, you will have the option to change majors to fall under the Marriage and Family Therapy program name.

Contact Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director, Dr. Stephen Flynn, with any questions related to the MFT program or certificate.

Students can complete the 60 credit MS in Marriage and Family Therapy by itself or add one of the following concentrations:

Addictions Treatment
Eating Disorders Institute
Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH)
Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH)
Play Therapy
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Spring 2019 Registration Now Open

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

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Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to or faxed to 603-535-2724.

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“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

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Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

New Hampshire State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) Requirements – This website shows the New Hampshire state LMFT requirements.

Diversity Information – Plymouth State University Marriage and Family Therapy Program’s Diversity Information can be found here: Demographics (1)

Graduation Rate – As of September 2018, 100% of our graduates have graduated within the maximum graduation time-frame.

Program Retention Rate: As of September 2018, the Plymouth State University Marriage and Family Therapy Program has retained 87.5% of its students.

MFT Course Offerings for 2019:
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Marriage and Family Therapy courses will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.