Master of Science in Family Therapy

Transforming lives

Marriage and family therapy is a great profession for people who value helping others discover positive change in the midst of personal and relationship struggles. A family therapy degree can help prepare you for the specific challenges faced in family counseling.

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Program Highlights

Real-world knowledge. Supportive learning.

Mission Statement: The MSFT Program embodies core Quaker values while engaging students on an educational journey of personal and professional transformation to affect change in the lives of those they will serve.

Two Locations

Friends University offers a unique opportunity to study the profession of marriage and family therapy with on-ground classes in Wichita or Kansas City.

Highly Ranked Program

Our Marriage & Family Therapy program has been awarded top rankings year after year.

Passionate Faculty

Accessible educators with real-world experience and expertise

Informative Information Sessions

Join us for one of our Master of Family Therapy Information Sessions in Wichita or Kansas City

High Job Placement Rates

Job placement rates for Wichita MFT graduates at 100% since 2013-2014. View Student Achievement Criteria Data below.

Career Services

Helpful career guidance

“The MSFT program at Friends is student-focused, it is professionally relevant, it is well-respected and it is a family. What other graduate program can boast that its alumni return to teach, supervise, volunteer and host students on a regular basis?”

Erin Cavanaugh, Family Therapy Graduate 2011

Costs & Value

Getting an MFT graduate degree has great long term success and value. With the competitive advantage, higher salary and real world experience that comes from a graduate degree, it only makes sense to pursue a graduate degree! Did you know that those with a graduate degree earn almost 20% more than those that only have an undergraduate degree? Read more reasons why it pays to get a graduate degree.

What jobs can you get with a master’s degree in family therapy?

Marriage and family therapy is an ideal profession for those who value helping others discover positive change in the midst of personal and relationship struggles. A family therapy degree at Friends University prepares you with the theoretical, clinical, multicultural and interpersonal competencies for eventual licensure and practice as a Marriage and Family Therapy mental health professional. Current Marriage and Family Therapy graduates are working as counselors, therapists and social workers.

With a high job growth in therapy degrees over the next decade, there has never been a better time to get a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. The need for jobs in social work, therapy and counseling is expected to grow 22% by 2028.

Counselor or Therapist Degree?

Are counselors and therapists the same thing? While titles like “counselor” and “therapist” are often used interchangeably when identifying health professionals, there are distinct differences that are key to helping you make the right degree choice.

A degree for counselors, therapists and social workers

The MSFT program trains students in the context of a relational and systemic perspective and strives to produce ethically sound clinicians who are competent in multicultural, theoretical, clinical, and interpersonal domains.

Psychotherapy with individuals, couples and families all require specialized knowledge and training as well as personal inspiration. Our COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) accredited program offers extensive training and experience providing care to others in personal distress. Each year advanced students in the program collectively provide more than 10,000 hours of relational services to individuals, couples and families. In this, we believe we have created a unique graduate training experience that offers you these practices and more.

The Master of Science in Family Therapy Program at Friends University is pleased to provide a public portfolio of program information in compliance with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. This information includes but is not limited to the MSFT program’s mission statement, program goals, student learning outcomes, faculty information, demographic data, student achievement data, and policies and procedures supporting the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Friends University. To access the information, please select the following link to the MSFT LiveText Portfolio Management System (www.livetext.com), select the “visitor pass,” and enter the following code: 340BA284

Accreditation

The marriage and family therapy graduate degree at Friends University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (703-838-9808), coa@aamft.org.

Application Deadlines

Wichita Application Calendar:

The Master of Science in Family Therapy program information meetings are for program applicants to learn about the MSFT Program in Wichita and for program faculty to meet with prospective students about the 24 month, 60-credit degree, COAMFTE accredited degree program. All applicants are required to attend one informational meeting. There are officially three interview rounds during the 2022-2023 academic year. A potential fourth round will only be held if the program has openings. Early applicants have the first option on the limited number of available seats in the program and are encouraged to apply early.

*Potential to be adapted into a Webinar

Early Admission Application Review and Interviews

Deadline to complete early applications: Friday, September 23, 2022
Early bird applicant Interviews: Monday, October 24, 2022
Application Decision letters sent: Friday, November 4, 2022
Early Bird Deposit Deadline: Friday, November 18, 2022

Second Application Review and Interviews

Deadline for Round 2 applications: Friday, January 13, 2023
Second Round Interviews: Monday, January 30, 2023
Application Decision letters sent: Friday, February 10, 2023
Deposit Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2023 

Third Application Review and Interviews

Deadline for Round 3 applications: Friday, March 17, 2023
Third Round Interviews: Monday, April 3, 2023
Application Decision letters sent: Friday, April 21, 2023
Deposit Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2023

Fourth Application Review and Interviews: (only held if program spots are available

Deadline for Round 4 applications: Friday, May 5, 2023
Fourth Round Interviews: Monday, May 22, 2023
Application Decision letters sent: Friday, June 9, 2023
Deposit Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2023

MSFT Pre Program Academic Orientation

Monday, July 17, 2023 (Wichita) planned/hosted by MSFT faculty & staff

If you would like to know more about the Master of Science in Family Therapy program, please contact Melanie Flynn at melanie_flynn@friends.edu or 316-295-5602.

For public information regarding graduation rates, national exam pass rates and other learning measures, a public portfolio is available at www.livetext.com and entering 340BA284 into the Visitor Pass section.

Kansas City Application Calendar

The Master of Science in Family Therapy program information meetings are for program applicants to learn about the MSFT Program in Kansas City and for program faculty to meet with prospective students about the 24-month, 60 credit, COAMFTE accredited degree program. All applicants are strongly recommended to attend an informational meeting. There are four interview dates during the 2022-2023 academic year. Early applicants have the first option to reserve one of the maximum 35 available seats in the program and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Early Admission Application Review and Interviews

Deadline to complete early applications: Friday, October 7, 2022

Faculty review of priority applications: Friday, October 14, 2022

Early bird applicant interviews: Friday, November 4, 2022

Application Decision letters sent: Friday, November 18, 2022

Early Bird Deposit Deadline: Friday, December 02, 2022  

Second Application Review and Interviews

Deadline for Round 2 applications: Friday, December 02, 2023

Faculty review of applications: Friday, December 08, 2023

Interview for second round of applicants: Friday, January 13, 2023

Application Decision letters: Friday, January 27, 2023

Deposit Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023 

Third Application Review and Interviews

Deadline for Round 3 applications: Friday, March 4, 2023

Faculty review of applications: Friday, March 10, 2023

Interview for third round of applicants: Friday, March 24, 2023

Application decision letters sent: Friday, April 21, 2023

Deposit Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023 

Final Application Review and Interviews

Deadline for Round 4 applications: Friday, May 12, 2023

Faculty review of applications: Friday, May 19, 2023

Interview for final round of applicants: Friday, June 02, 2023

Application decision letters sent: Friday, June 08, 2023

Deposit Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2023 

MSFT Pre Program Academic Orientation

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023 (Kansas City) planned/hosted by MSFT faculty & staff

If you would like to know more about the Master of Science in Family Therapy program, please contact Program Director, Christopher M Habben, Ph.D., LCMFT at chabben@friends.edu or call 913-233-8706.

For public information regarding graduation rates, national exam pass rates and other learning measures, a public portfolio is available at www.livetext.com and entering 340BA284 into the Visitor Pass section.

*As need might occur, in an effort to advance the admission process, the MSFT Program may create additional interview dates for those with completed applications.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes for the Marriage & Family Therapy graduate program are below:

  • Demonstrate awareness and regulation of self emotion.
  • Demonstrate awareness and regulation of self in interaction.
  • Demonstrate constructive response to difference.
  • Demonstrate the ability to promote therapeutic alliance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use therapeutic influence constructively.
  • Demonstrate understanding of relevant conceptual knowledge.
  • Demonstrate application of relevant conceptual knowledge.
  • Demonstrate integration of multiple concept frameworks organized by systematic/relational orientation.
  • Initiate and assess treatment need.
  • Plan and facilitate research/theory informed intervention.
  • Evaluate progress and conclude treatment.
  • Utilize supervision and professional collaboration.
  • Follow legal, ethical and professional standards.

Featured Faculty

Rebecca Culver-Turner

Dr. Rebecca Culver-Turner

  • Associate Professor of MFT (Wichita) and Wichita Site Program Director
  • B.A., Ozark Christian College; Ph.D., Kansas State University
Chris Habben

Dr. Chris Habben

  • Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy; Kansas City Site Program Director; Kansas City Site Specialized Accreditation & Assessment Administration
  • B.A., Hope College; M.S., M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Sarah Lyon

Dr. Sarah Lyon

  • Assistant Professor of MFT (Kansas City) and Kansas City Site Clinical Director and Internship Supervisor
  • B.A., University of Kansas; M.S., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University
Steve Rathbun

Dr. Steve Rathbun

  • Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy
  • B.A., Mid-America Nazarene College; M.A., University of Northern Colorado; Ph.D., Kansas State University
Michelle Robertson

Dr. Michelle Robertson

  • Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • B.A., Midwestern State University; M.M.F.T., Abilene Christian University; Ph.D., University of Louisiana

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