M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

Do you want to make a positive impact on families and relationships?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers and Salary Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery On Campus

UW-Stout's Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy has a long-standing reputation for rigorous clinical training in counseling and therapy, and our graduates are outstanding. Our program has been continuously accredited for over forty years! We have proven methods of training successful, effective therapists. 

Unique features of our program include:

  • A cohort model, where each class of 13 students moves through the program as a group.
  • Our on-campus, state-of-the-art clinic, where students do half of their required 500 hours of clinical practice.
  • Close supervision and one-on-one activities with faculty.
  • A compressed Monday-Tuesday schedule for all on-campus classes.
  • A learning context in which diversity and non-discrimination are addressed, practiced and valued. 
  • A base of loyal and supportive alumni.

Our Clinical Services Center

Apply the knowledge you've learned in class to real-life scenarios in our unique clinic right on campus.

Preparing Students for Success

Our curriculum adheres to the high standards for MFT training set by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Accredited since 1977, our program has the distinction of being one of the two longest COAMFTE-accredited programs in the nation. Accreditation is important because it requires programs to use measures of student progress and graduate success to evaluate training effectiveness and to make changes where necessary. This goes a long way toward ensuring that: 

  1. the program curriculum contains state-of-the-art MFT content,
  2. instructors and clinical supervisors are appropriately trained and credentialed, and
  3. graduates are well positioned to meet licensing requirements and to be successful in the workplace.

Evidence of the success of students in this program is found in our high graduation rate, success rates of graduates in passing the national exam, and the percentage of graduates who obtain licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists.

Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements


To be admitted with full status to the M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy program, you must:

  • Hold an appropriate Bachelor's degree from an accredited college.
  • Have earned an overall GPA of at least 2.75.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:

  • Program Application Online or PDF
  • Recommendation Form Online or PDF
    • Please gather your recommendation(s) from previous supervisors, mentors, employers, colleagues, or similarly qualified persons.

These may be completed online or mailed to the Program Director. 

Application Deadline

    Applicants are strongly advised to complete the admissions process prior to February 1. Applications received after this deadline will be considered as space is available.

    Objectives and Outcomes

    As part of our accreditation process, the MFT program has established a number of Educational Outcomes for students, faculty, and the overall program that are used to evaluate success. Data is collected on each of these outcomes and reviewed on a regular basis so that adjustments can be made to the program that will allow it to continue meeting its goal of training therapists who are ready to practice when they graduate.  

    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Students will comprehend theoretical concepts underlying couple and family therapy including models of family therapy, dynamics of family interaction and human development, treatment of abuse, diagnosis, psychometric testing, and basic research principles.
    2. Students will exhibit clinical skills necessary for the practice of couple and family therapy including the use of self in therapy, clinical assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning and management, assessment of potential for harm to self or others, and therapeutic intervention.
    3. Students will demonstrate an awareness of power, privilege, and difference within therapeutic and supervisory contexts.
    4. Students will demonstrate an applied knowledge of ethics, legalities, and professional standards related to the practice of couple and family therapy.

    Faculty Outcomes

    1. Core faculty will meet university expectations in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.
    2. Faculty will demonstrate competence in the teaching of MFT students.
    3. Supervisors will demonstrate competence in the supervision of MFT students.
    4. Core faculty will maintain a commitment to growing in their understanding of power, privilege, difference, and inclusivity.
    5. Core faculty will contribute to their profession and their community.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Students will successfully complete the Marriage and Family Therapy program at UW-Stout.
    2. Alumni will successfully transition from the graduate program to becoming practitioners of couple and family therapy.
    3. The program will foster an environment that recognizes privilege and difference and values inclusivity.
    Career Opportunities

    The marriage and family therapist industry will experience future growth of 30 percent, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in part to an increased recognition of the field. It is more common for people to seek help for their marital and family problems than it was in the past. Our graduates can feel assured that they'll find exceptional opportunities for gainful, rewarding employment.

    Our grads find work in a variety of settings, to name a few:

    • Private and Public Mental Health Agencies
    • Behavioral Health Units
    • Chemical Dependency Facilities
    • Adolescent Day Treatment
    • Hospice Programs
    • Hospitals
    • Home-Based Family Therapy
    • Community Social Service Agencies
    • Alternative Schools
    • Faith Communities and Churches
    • Employee Assistance Programs
    MSMFT Advisory Board

    2018 MSMFT Advisory Board

    • Dale Hawley, Program Director
    • Scott Jacobs, Director of Access Center, Aurora Community Counseling, Menomonie
    • Jeanne Rothaupt, Counselor, University Counseling Center
    • Terry Linzmeier, Mayo Red Cross Behavioral Health
    • John Klem, Director, Mental Health Counseling Program
    • Sarah Benedict, Dunn County Criminal Justice Coordinator, Dunn County Judicial Center
    • Angela Ruchti, Counselor, Menomonie High School
    • Bruce Pamperin, CAHSS/Social Science
    • Jennifer Kastner, Student representative
    • Doug Kunick, Dunn County Human Services, Behavioral Health Clinic

    Earn While You Learn

    Graduate Assistantships

    Gain valuable professional experience while enjoying paid employment as a graduate student at UW-Stout.

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