MA and MS Degrees

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

Program Details

Credits: 60 semester hours
Program Length: 9 semesters, minimum 
Start: Fall only
Program Director: Lana Kim, PhD:



The Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy (MCFT) Program is designed to lead graduates to eventual licensure and employment as marriage and family therapists in a variety of clinical and agency settings. The MCFT program curriculum provides the knowledge and skills necessary for practitioners to provide high-quality, effective therapy using active, positive approaches that help individuals, couples, and families build on their strengths, improve their relationships, and generate solutions to mental health and relational problems. The program is unique in its emphasis on taking a social justice perspective in the practice of family therapy.

One thing I like most about Lewis & Clark is that everyone comes from a genuine place of curiosity. They want to hear what you have to say and they want to learn your perspective.Paula Emerick,
M.A. MCFT ’12


The program is generally designed to take full-time students three years and part-time students four years to complete.

Graduates of this program will have met the academic requirements needed to become licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) and clinical members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  


MCFT students can include a special concentration in addictions treatment in the context of families, sex therapy, or ecopsychology.. 

Cohort Model and Classroom Experience

The MCFT program uses a cohort model which encourages students to build relationships and help each other develop over time.  Throughout the program, students complete readings and assignments to prepare for active participation and application exercises in the classroom. Course material is continuously applied through practice, with the goal of integrating theory, research and practice into a total learning experience. Practice skills are integrated throughout courses and students complete an extensive supervised clinical internship during the last 15 months of their program in order to develop core practice competencies. Emphasis is placed on approaches that are strength-based, brief, critical, and contemporary.


The Masters programs in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy at Lewis & Clark prepare competent and effective professionals who practice relational therapy in ways that demonstrate: (a) integrity, compassion, and a sincere commitment to working with members of diverse groups, (b) excellent therapeutic skills with individuals, couples, and families, and (c) dedication to social justice and global citizenship. Students learn family therapy approaches and related theory from general systems, social constructionist, and critical theory perspectives.

Master of Science Option

Program Details

Credits: Minimum of 62 semester hours
No direct admission is available for this program (see below)
Thesis project required
View program of study in current course catalog

There is also a Master of Science option for the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program. This degree is for students who have demonstrated interest and potential in research. Students pursuing a Master of Science degree fulfill all the requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in MCFT, with the additional requirement of completing a thesis project. Students wishing to pursue this degree concentration are initially admitted to the Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy Program. Students are only admitted to the Master of Science after successfully completing the following: required coursework, formation of a thesis committee, and approval of the thesis proposal at a proposal meeting.