Marriage and Family Therapist at a Glance

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Best States for Marriage and Family Therapist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
California 9,120 $47,230 $23
New Jersey 5,280 $67,870 $33
Florida 2,130 $43,390 $21

Becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist

Marriage and family therapists must hold a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. Marriage and family therapy degree programs teach students how interpersonal relationships affect mental and emotional health and typically include supervised clinical experiences with individuals, couples, and families. Full-time students can usually complete a master's degree in two years time.

Online master's degree programs in marriage and family therapy will include an on-site supervised fieldwork work requirement. Students may need to locate an appropriate setting in their community and propose it as a setting for fieldwork. A sampling of classes you may take in a marriage and family therapy degree program, drawn from course listings for Touro University Worldwide's master of arts degree in marriage and family therapy program, include the following:

  • Development Within the Family Life Cycle
  • Research Methodology
  • Studies in Human Communication
  • Ethics & Law for Marriage & Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapists must complete a master's degree and two years of supervised clinical experience before they can be state licensed. Before enrolling in a degree program, students should check to see if the program complies with the requirements for state licensure and will prepare them to sit for the state's licensure exam. The Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards provides contact information for each state's regulating boards.