May 29, 2023  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Couple & Family Therapy, MA

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MA in Couple and Family Therapy
AU New England
Credits for Degree: 61 semester credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Low Residency
Standard time to completion: 33 months

Program Overview

The Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy prepares students to become socially proficient couples and family therapists by integrating the principles of social justice and diversity throughout all courses and clinical work. These mental health professionals are trained to work with individuals, couples,and families from a relational and systemic perspective. Through a systemic lens, CFTs approach treatment holistically by focusing on the mind, body, social contexts, and relational systems-partners, coworkers, friends, and family members-of their clients.

Students are prepared  to begin a career in CFT by providing basic didactic and clinical skills, as well as professional development and socialization. The CFT curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of New Hampshire and is professionally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). It remains for students to ensure they are eligible for licensing in the specific state(s) in which they intend to practice.

Designed to be completed in just under three years of full-time enrollment, the master’s program is offered through a low-residency format. In-person residencies are required throughout the three-year program as follows:  Two 4-day residencies (fall and spring) during years one and two and one final, 2-day residency in year three in spring with your graduating cohort. Residencies typically take place on or near the Antioch New England Campus in the fall semester (generally September), as well as the spring concluding residency; and on or near one of our Antioch Southern California Campuses for the spring semester . Between residencies, students work on course material both asynchronously through online assignments and synchronously through virtual (Zoom) class meetings. Students complete one full year of coursework before engaging in  internship experiences in years two and three. During the internship experience, students will be required to attend weekly virtual (Zoom) supervision meetings, in addition to attending on-site supervision meetings at their internship placement/site.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Plan of Study

Clinical Courses - 16 Semester Credits

Clinical & Internship Courses

Internships consist of a total of 1,250 supervised clock hours in an approved internship site, completed over the course of five semesters.

Elective Courses - 9 semester credits

Students may select any 3 courses.

Electives may include courses offered in other clinical departments. Not all electives are available every semester. You will plan your electives with your advisor in advance of your first summer.


In order to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Couple and Family Therapy a 61-credit minimum is required unless courses are waived at time of admission to the program. 

By the conclusion of the internship requirements, students must have provided a minimum of 500 direct client contact hours including no fewer than 250 direct client contact relational hours. Students also need to complete no fewer than 100 hours of approved supervision, 50 hours of which must be live, video, or audio recorded therapy sessions directly observed by the supervisor, and 50 hours of which must be individual supervision (no more than two students present with the supervisor). Students are required to video and audio record their sessions using Supervision Assist, a HIPAA compliant software program. All COAMFTE clinical requirements must be adhered to by the sites and supervisors. The Director of Clinical Training will provide current information and will assist CFT students to obtain an appropriate clinical site placement and supervision.

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