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Master of Family Therapy


Drexel’s Master of Family Therapy program trains students to become highly skilled, systemic thinking, culturally competent clinicians that are desirable in a myriad of work environments. Our experienced faculty accomplishes this by exposing students to an array of classical, postmodern, and evidence-based approaches in family therapy and considers the relevance of culture and Person of the Therapists in clinical practice.

This distinctive program emphasizes the application of a systems/relational context to the assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, families and/or groups. Particular attention is given to collaborative work with larger systems.  Students are encouraged to use theory and clinical philosophy to developed their own personalized therapeutic approach. Supervised clinical practicum are completed at Community Practicum sites and at the Drexel University Individual Couple and Family Therapy Clinical Practices. The program is committed to training therapists to be aware of and sensitive to cultural diversity, including the student's own culture.

Graduates are employed at behavioral health and healthcare institutions, addiction facilities, schools, hospitals, law practices, religious institutions, and in private practices.

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.

You will be fully trained to meet the educational requirement for clinical practice and licensure requirements for couple and family therapy in PA. At the end of the program, you will qualify for Pre-Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

The educational and training experience has seven major components:

  • Historical development of systems theory and cybernetics and use of the systems paradigm in treatment;
  • Comprehensive survey of major models of change in couple and family therapy, with emphasis on assessment and treatment;
  • Conceptual understanding of complex relational dynamics across the family lifecycle;
  • Person of the Therapist Training;
  • Ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities of couple and family therapists.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research in couple and family therapy;
  • Supervised clinical practicum in which students receive a minimum of 100 hours of supervision and 350 hours of face-to-face client contact.

What makes the Drexel Master of Family Therapy program unique?

  • The program introduces students to the major approaches to couple and family therapy and offers six comprehensively courses in modern, postmodern, and evidence-based family practices as well as the application of culturally diverse frameworks.
  • Person of the Therapist Training.
  • Emphasis on social justice and a learning environment that fosters diversity.
  • Students are placed in a variety of practicums by our Director of Clinical Training.
  • Clinical faculty provide weekly individual and group supervision 
  • International and Nationally Recognized Faculty and Clinical Supervisors.

You are part of theDrexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and simulated health care scenarios.

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


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

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

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


  • 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


Three professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened. Recommenders should be faculty from prior programs that you have attended unless you have been out of school for a while in which case you may request recommendations from employers as well. 

  • 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:
Personal statement describing your pertinent human services experiences and how they will enhance your development as a couple and family therapist.

Mandatory Personal Group Interview


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:
  • 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:, 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). 

International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
P.O. Box 8629
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629
215.222.8454, ext. 603

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
3600 Market St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

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

About Funding:
We offer a competitive Deans Award which is merit based. Also, 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.


Clinical Practice

The purpose of the practicum is to provide interns with an intensive supervised clinical experience working with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups from a systems perspective. The goal is to equip students with the clinical experience essential to their growth and development as a Couple and Family Therapist. Supervision is designed to facilitate the student's integration of theory and practice. The knowledge and skills that students are expected to achieve are delineated in the supervisor’s quarterly assessments provided by the Competency Based Evaluation Form as well as initial clinical feedback from core faculty at the end of the first quarter.

Students will be exposed to the Program’s Administrative Manual, AAMFT Code of Ethics, and state reporting laws during Practicum Orientation, the course, and during the first month of group supervision.

In accordance with COAMFTE requirements concerning clinical hours and supervision all students must complete seven (7) quarters of clinical practicum (including summer) in the program. Students must have 350 hours of direct client contact (250 of the 350 hours must be with couples and/or families; and a minimum of 100 hours of individual). Students must accumulate 100 hours of supervision, (50 of the 100 hours must be focused on observable raw data, 25 of the 50 observable raw data hours must be video and/or direct observation; and 50 of the 100 hours must consist of group supervision) prior to graduation. Students should receive a minimum of 75 clinical hours per quarter. All students will be assigned an on-site supervisor, group supervisor and possibly an off-site supervisor if needed.

Additionally, all students are required to take and successfully complete the course or to demonstrate the equivalents thereof to be considered for clinical practice. Successful completion of the course or equivalence and current enrollment in all required first quarter courses are required conditions for full-time students before beginning Practicum II. Part-time students must also take the course and all required first quarter courses prior to beginning Practicum II.

The Clinical Seminar course is designed to prepare students for couple and family therapy in a professional setting. Students will be exposed to family therapy concepts and terms, along with basic clinical skills necessary to engage, assess and treat clients. Additionally, students will be exposed to contextual issues such as race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, age, ability, power and privilege all of which are necessary in order to provide family therapy effectively. Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to manage a case at the early developmental stages of therapeutic intervention. The student’s clinical ability will be observed and assessed in a Simulated Laboratory Experience at the end of the first quarter. The student will be given feedback both immediately after the Simulated Lab experience as well as in feedback sessions with the core faculty during the examination period of the first quarter. (Overall course evaluations will include clinical feedback from class participation, role-play experiences, simulated laboratory observation, and supervisor evaluations.)


Drexel's Master of Family Therapy Program is accredited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Therapy Education.


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