Couples and Family Therapy Program

Why earn a graduate degree in couples and family therapy?

Our Couples and Family Therapy (CFT) master’s program is for people who want to develop advanced counseling skills and provide counseling services for individuals, couples, intimate partners, and families.

This program prepares students to become professional family therapists in preparation for licensure in any US state that offers an LMFT license.  

Our program uses a cohort model, meaning students generally start together and graduate with each other. Clinical supervision courses are small (6–8 students to each faculty member), and we emphasize a noncompetitive environment that places high value on acceptance, cooperation, and respect for diversity.

Information Sessions

CFT will have Information Sessions (zoom-based for now) on the following date:

May 20, 2021, 3:00–4:00 p.m. (PST)

Program Options 

Although there are no prerequisite degree-specific requirements—a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, minimally, is required. The Couples and Family Therapy (CFT) program leads to a master of science (MS) degree.

Master of Science

University of Oregon College of Education CFT Master of Science Students

University of Oregon College of Education SLPSR students

Couples and Family Therapy graduate students may also add the Spanish Language Specialization, which is housed in within the Counseling Psychology program.

Spanish Language Specialization

What can I do with a degree in couples and family therapy?

Out graduates are very successful in securing employment in a variety of settings. Our alumni are employed in:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient nonprofit clinics
  • School-based agencies
  • Adoption support centers
  • Private practice
  • Addiction recovery inpatient and outpatient centers
  • Residential treatment centers

Many of our graduates also eventually move into clinical director positions, clinical supervision, and professional consultation—or go on to earn doctoral degrees and work in university settings.

More Information

Additionally, there is a useful 1-credit Saturday workshop offered in fall, winter, and spring that prepares students for applying to graduate programs in the social sciences: CPSY 408 Grad School Prep.


Since 2003, the Couples and Family Therapy master’s program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.

The CFT program meets the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist base licensure requirements for every state in the US that offers a LMFT license. Keep in mind that post-graduation contact hours required for licensure vary from state to state.

Contact Information

Bernice Ofori-Parku
Academic Program Coordinator