Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Online LMFT Degree Our Online MFT Degree vs. Other MFT Programs Online

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy online MFT program is designed to provide graduate coursework to those seeking to work with couples and families as a licensed marriage and family therapist. The MFT degree online emphasizes the development of research-supported counseling skills from a Christian worldview. The LMFT degree consists mostly of classes offered online, but there are required on-campus classes due to state mandates that apply to all MFT programs online.

About the Online MFT Program

The LMFT degree coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  in the state of Texas. Students complete a three-semester practicum, consisting of a minimum of 700 clock hours, in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist supervisor, as part of the MFT degree online. Our online MFT program provides one of the shortest counseling degrees compared to other MFT programs online.

Before becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, the graduate must pass the national licensure examination administered by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) or the State of California marriage and family therapy licensure examination as well as the state MFT Jurisprudence Exam and complete a supervised work experience (3,000 hours) in marriage and family therapy services under the supervision of an LMFT-S.

HCU Online was recently ranked #21 of the best marriage and family counseling degrees online as well as the “Most Comprehensive Program.”

Requirements for the Online MFT Degree

This MFT degree online program is 60 hours of graduate coursework. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher, and satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination.

This program includes one 16-week intensive, requiring each student to be on campus for one week during the intensive course.

For students seeking certification or licensure inside the State of Texas: Programs offered at HCU designed to fulfill the educational requirements for a specific professional licensure or certification do meet the educational requirements for the State of Texas.

For students seeking certification or licensure outside the State of Texas: Students seeking certification or licensure from any state other than Texas should check with their state licensing board to determine eligibility. Houston Christian University has not determined whether their program of study meets the students state licensure requirements. Please check the Professional Licensure Directory for more information.

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Admission Requirements
  1. Official Transcripts – For students pursuing licensure, you are required to submit ALL of your transcripts to
  2. References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be professional or academic contacts. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
  3. Resumé/CV – Email a current resumé or CV to
  4. Writing Prompt – Applicants must provide a response, at least 500 words but not more than 800 words total, to the following questions:
    • What is the purpose of being a mental health practitioner?
    • What are the characteristics that make you a good counselor? In which of these do you excel? How do you know?
    • Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in Counseling and why here at Houston Christian University?
    • Given your history and circumstances, describe any challenges that could prevent you from completion of this degree and how you might address them should they arise.
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