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Master of Family Therapy

Program

Download the COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Drexel University Master in Family Therapy program here (PDF).

The mission of the COAMFTE-accredited MFT graduate program is to prepare systemically-trained, culturally competent, socially-just clinicians to meet the academic and clinical standards for independent practice in the field of family therapy.  The Program exposes students to an array of classical, postmodern, and research-informed family therapy approaches, using an integration of the Person of the Therapist, cultural competency, and commitment to social justice for education, supervision, and training.

Our distinguished, internationally-recognized faculty is dedicated to training students to serve a diverse client base across myriad communities, and increasing the number of diverse clinicians in the field of couple and family therapy.

Our graduates are trained to assume clinical practice positions in the field and are desirable in myriad work environments. The 90-credit Master degree meets the minimum educational requirements for MFT licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. Graduates are employed at behavioral health and healthcare institutions, addiction treatment facilities, schools, hospitals, law practices, religious institutions, and in private practice. Graduates qualify for Pre-Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

What you’ll learn

The Master in Family Therapy Degree program integrates theory and practice. Issues of age, ability, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality and ethnicity are addressed. We emphasize a systems/relational context to work with individuals, couples, and families. Students are trained to be able to work with clients of myriad backgrounds and include the aforementioned contextual variables.

The educational and training experience includes the following components:

  • Clinical and professional skill development courses
  • Comprehensive survey of classical and post-modern family therapy models
  • Exposure to research methodologies and best clinical practices in CFT
  • Familiarity with the ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities of clinical work
  • Historical development of systems theory, cybernetics, and use of the systems paradigm
  • Social Justice capstone
  • Training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues with children and adults, across the family life cycle

What makes the Drexel Master of Family Therapy program unique?

  • Drexel University Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy Services clinic, a training facility for graduate students serving individuals, couples, and families in the Philadelphia region
  • Drexel University Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice, affords students the unique opportunity to develop clinical skills via simulated experiences with trained actors
  • Emphasis on social justice, power, privilege, and oppression and the social positioning of the therapist
  • Nine months of training in the Person of the Therapist model
  • Ongoing, direct faculty supervision during clinical placement
  • Students have two distinct practicum internships secured by the Director of Clinical Training

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admissions: Fall Quarter Only

Degree:
Bachelors from fully accredited institution. Preferred GPA is at least 3.0.

Standardized Tests:
We do not require GRE scores for this program.

Transcripts:

  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions

Prerequisites:
Bachelors from fully accredited institution.

References:
Three professional references required from academic instructors or professional supervisors who can attest to applicant's strengths and potential aptitude for graduate study and to be a family therapist. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender.

  • You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service 
  • If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.

Personal Statement/Essay:

A one to two page personal statement describing your pertinent human services experiences, and how they will enhance your development as a couple and family therapist. For fall 2018 applicants, the new essay requirement is: A one to two page essay answering the questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a family therapist?
  2. Why do you want to attend the Drexel MFT program?
  3. How your past professional and life experience has prepared you to be a family therapist?

Interview/Portfolio:
We begin reviewing applications in the fall of each year.  Interviews are scheduled beginning in December and continue, through the spring, until such time as the class is full. If you are invited to interview, please note:

Mandatory in-person, group interview for all domestic applicants.
Mandatory virtual, group interview for all international applicants.

CV/Resume:
Required.

Licenses:
Copy of any current license required.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Transcript Evaluation: All international students applying to a graduate program must have their transcripts evaluated by the approved agency: World Education Services (WES), 212.966.6311, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, Web site: www.wes.org/.
  • TOEFL: Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For more information visit the Web site: www.ets.org, then click on TOEFL.
  • I-20/DS-2019 and Supporting Financial Documents (international students only): Please print, complete, and submit the I-20/DS-2019 Application Form (PDF). 

Tuition and Fee Rates
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

About Funding:
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) sponsors the Minority Fellowship Program – Youth (MFP-Y) award. Information on the award can be found here.

Accreditation

Drexel's Master of Family Therapy program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).  More information may be found at: http://www.coamfte.org/iMIS15/coamfte/

Outcomes

Student Achievement Criteria Data Disclosure: Graduation rates, national exam pass rate, and licensure rate can be found here.

Clinical Practice

The goal of practicum is to provide students with an intensive, clinical experience working with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups, from a systemic perspective.  All students are required to minimally complete a 12-month continuous practicum prior to graduation, under the COAMFTE accreditation requirements.  Drexel University’s Master of Family Therapy program further requires all students complete an additional 9-month continuous practicum, prior to graduation.    

Students are required to complete:

  • Mandatory Clinical Orientation  (Prior to the start of Clinical Readiness Seminar)
  • Passing Clinical Readiness Seminar (Required in order to move forward with your clinical placement)
  • Passing Clinical Practicum sequentially over the course of 7 quarters
  • Passing a minimum of two faculty supervisor clinical evaluations, over the course of your clinical placements, in the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice

Supervision is embedded in the practicum courses and designed to facilitate the student's integration of theory and practice.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 500 direct client contact hours.  250 of the 500 hours must be with couples and/or families.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of supervision.  50 of the 100 hours must be observable (video or audio), 25 of the 50 observable hours must be of the student.  Students are expected to complete 75 client contact hours per quarter.

Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to practice in the field and begin accumulating hours towards licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.

Students complete their clinical practicum at the Drexel University Individual, Couple, and Family Services Clinic (DUCFT), a training facility, directly affiliated with the Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University, or one of over 35 additional placement sites, in the region.  More information on DUCFT may be found at: http://drexel.edu/cnhp/practices/Individual-Couple-and-Family-Therapy-Services/.

A full list of our current clinical placement sites may be downloaded by clicking here.