Marriage & Family Therapy
The Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares candidates for careers as marriage and family therapists. The curriculum and clinical training at Fairfield University focuses on preparing you to work in a wide variety of professional settings with diverse populations experiencing a broad range of problems.
Our program is dedicated to providing a learning context that fundamentally values diversity and nondiscrimination. The core curriculum, the clinical training component of the program, and the faculty and supervisors strive to address diversity, power, privilege, and social justice in all aspects of training and education. Toward that end, the faculty are committed to creating an environment that welcomes and provides mentorship to a diverse student body by a diverse group of faculty, instructors, and supervisors.
Fairfield's program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). All faculty members are Approved Supervisors and Clinical Members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and licensed in the State of Connecticut. Faculty members maintain national and international recognition in the field through:
- Published works
- Presentations of papers
- Service on numerous professional, state, and national committees
Upon completion of the program, students may apply for associate membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Following additional post-degree clinical experience and supervision, they may apply for clinical membership in this organization and sit for Connecticut's licensing examination.
The Master of Arts in Family Studies
The Master of Arts in Family Studies is a program within the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. Unlike the MFT, it is not a clinical degree. Rather the Family Studies program is an advanced educational track focusing on early childhood, interpersonal relations, family studies, and human development. Graduates may enter various human services vocations (such as development officer, case manager, grant writer) and/or pursue a doctoral degree with the goal of becoming an educator or researcher. The program requires a minimum of 33 credits. Learn more about the program.
We invite you to learn more about our programs and the admission requirements, courses, faculty, student handbook, and conceptual framework. Have more questions? Contact us. We hope you'll find our programs challenge you intellectually and enrich your life.