Marriage and Family Therapy - Master of Arts - Charlotte and Raleigh / Durham Campus

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer is designed to prepare servant leaders as marriage and family therapists and agents of positive change to work specifically with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of work settings. The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program is to provide effective clinical and academic training to students who affirm the dignity and integrity of all individuals and who demonstrate respect for diversity through life-long learning and the competent practice of marriage and family therapy. The MMFT program is intended to meet the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of North Carolina, and to prepare students for the national examination in Marital and Family Therapy (AMFTRB).

In collaboration with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Pfeiffer University’s MMFT Program is offered at both the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham locations. Student admission to the program is determined by a structured application process and the approval of the Admissions Committee. Rigorous clinical training is required through the completion of a supervised internship that will require a total of 500 minimum clinical face-to-face hours (250 individual & 250 relational hours) and 100 hours of supervision (50 hours must be live observation) during a minimum of (3) consecutive semesters. Additional semesters may be required to complete the 500 clinical hours contingent upon full-time or part-time class schedules. Since Marriage & Family Therapy students must be continuously enrolled every semester, students are required to enroll in a minimum of (2) courses during each fall and spring semester, and a minimum of (1) course during each summer semester. Generally speaking, full-time and part-time students should expect to complete the program in 3 or 4 years respectively with a minimum of 66 graduate semester hours and a passing grade on the MMFT Comprehensive Exam. Note: Students have a maximum of (5) years from the date of enrollment to complete the program.

The required number of clinical hours will be consistent with COAMFTE standards and the North Carolina MFT licensure. The successful completion of the pre-internship and internship requirements is considered to be the most critical experience in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Students will also be expected to actively identify with the Marriage and Family Therapy profession as a student member and participate in local, state, and national conferences such as AAMFT and NCAMFT. Additionally, students will be required to furnish professional (student) liability insurance during his/her internship experience. To ensure that every student continues to live up to his or her potential as an evolving therapist, all MMFT students will complete (10) hours of confidential personal growth counseling for each academic year in which they are enrolled in the program.

There are key milestones for reviewing the performance of our Marriage and Family Therapy students which are subsequent to the admissions interview including pre-internship, internship candidacy after 21 semester hours of designated coursework, a minimum of (3) consecutive semesters of a supervised internship experience, and a comprehensive exit exam prior to graduation. Note: All staff or faculty members who serve as clinical supervisors will be Approved AAMFT Supervisors or Supervisory Candidates.



Contact

Susan Wilkie Program Director: 
Dr. Susan B Wilkie-McHale, LPC, LMFT, NCC, NCSC


Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
AAMFT Approved Supervisor * LPC Approved Supervisor
4701 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
704.945.7359
susan.wilkie@pfeiffer.edu

Admission Requirements

Download the MFT Application Packet here.

Please forward documents only after the application and application fee have been submitted:

  • Bachelor's degree with 9-12 hours of coursework in the social sciences
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA in major: 3.00, overall: 2.75
  • Acceptable GRE scores: official scores mailed to Pfeiffer University
  • Official transcripts sent from all colleges/universities attended
  • (3) letters of recommendation written on official letterhead & respective recommendation form, including one from a recent employer and two from academic professionals/instructors attesting to your ability
  • A writing sample describing how you anticipate that your degree and experiential training will influence your personal and professional goals
  • Resume or vitae
  • Personal small group interview with Admissions Committee approval
  • Proof of satisfactory criminal background record check for all states of residence for the past (5) years

Admission Deadlines

Charlotte Campus

  • For applicants wishing to begin during the summer or fall semester, the deadline is February 1.
  • For applicants wishing to begin only during the fall semester, the deadline is April 1.
  • Applications received after the priority deadline will require the applicable late fee and will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • Should applicants miss a deadline, please ask about our visiting student status.

 

 

Raleigh/Durham Campus
  • For applicants wishing to begin during the summer or fall semester, the deadline is March 1.
  • For applicants wishing to begin only during the fall semester, the deadline is May 1.
  • For applicants wishing to begin during the spring semester, the deadline is October 15.
  • Applications received after the priority deadline will require the applicable late fee and will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • Should applicants miss a deadline, please ask about our visiting student status.

Required Documents

You may submit items separately, or mail in one envelope.

  • Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Admission Application
  • Non-refundable $75 application fee; $25 late application fee (money order)
  • Official transcripts in unopened envelopes mailed directly from each college/university attended
  • Official GRE scores mailed directly to Pfeiffer University
  • Recommendation letters on official letterhead and recommendation forms in sealed envelopes with respective signature signed across each flap. Recommendation letters must be written by someone you know who has been in an administrative or faculty position to evaluate you
  • Writing sample which clearly describes how your degree and experiential training will influence your personal and professional goals
  • Resume or vitae

Please send all required documents to:  Pfeiffer University, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Marriage & Family Therapy Program, 4701 Park Road, Charlotte, NC   28209.  Specific questions about the MFT program may be directed to Dr. Susan B. Wilkie, Program Director.  E-mail:  susan.wilkie@pfeiffer.edu  or  call 704.945.7359.  Please note that required documents will not be accepted until the proper application and application fee have been submitted

 

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2 Courses per Semester

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY
SUGGESTED PROGRAM OF STUDY – 2 COURSES FALL and SPRING/1-2 COURSES SUMMER

Academic School Year 2013-2014

FALL I SPRING I SUMMER I - 1 SUMMER I - 2
MMFT 601 MMFT 602 MMFT 610 MMFT 680
PSYC 604 MMFT 630    

Academic School Year 2014-2015

FALL II SPRING II SUMMER II - 1 SUMMER II - 2
MMFT 600 MMFT 620 MMFT 640 MMFT 605
PSYC 610 PSYC 615    

 Academic School Year 2015-2016

FALL III SPRING III SUMMER III - 1 SUMMER III - 2
MMFT 603 MMFT 608 *(MMFT 690)-> <-*MMFT 690
MMFT 606 PSYC  600    
 

PSYC 630
Thesis Only
Optional

PSYC 635
Thesis Only
Optional
 

Academic School Year 2016-2017

FALL IV  SPRING IV 
 PSYC 610  MMFT 670
 MMFT 621  *MMFT 690
 *MMFT 690  

 

* In order to complete the 500-hour direct client contact requirement within a one-year period, the student will conduct 12-15 hours of therapy weekly in addition to proper client case management.  A total of 100 hours of structured supervision is also required by a designated AAMFT supervisor (30 hours of individual supervision and 70 hours of group supervision).  Of the 100 required hours, 50 must be live supervision.  NOTE: A minimum of (3) successive semesters of internship is required!!

3 Courses per Semester

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY
SUGGESTED PROGRAM OF STUDY – 3 COURSES FALL & SPRING/1-2 COURSES SUMMER

Academic School Year 2013-2014

FALL I SPRING I SUMMER I - 1 SUMMER I - 2
MMFT 601 MMFT 602 MMFT 610 MMFT 680
MMFT 604 MMFT 630    
PSYC 625 PSYC 600    

 Academic School Year 2014-2015

FALL II SPRING II SUMMER II - 1 SUMMER II - 2
MMFT 603 MMFT 620 MMFT 605  
MMFT 606 MMFT 608 *MMFT 690 -> <-*MMFT 690
MMFT 600 *MMFT 690    

 * In order to complete the 500-hour direct client contact requirement within a one-year period, the student will conduct 15 hours of therapy weekly in addition to proper client case management. A total of 100 hours of structured supervision is also required by a designated AAMFT supervisor (30 hours of individual supervision and 70 hours of group supervision). Of the 100 required hours, 50 must be live supervision. NOTE: A minimum of (3) successive semesters of internship is required!!

Academic School Year 2015-2016

FALL III SPRING III SUMMER III - 1
PSYC 610 PSYC 615 MMFT 640
MMFT 621 MMFT 670  
*MMFT 690?? PSYC 630
(Thesis Only)
OPTIONAL 
 PSYC 635
(Thesis Only)
OPTIONAL

Handbook

Please download the MFT student handbook here:

  1. Student Handbook -- revised October 2014
  2. MFT Program Flow Chart

Advisement - Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy  - MFT

Program Director
Dr. Susan Wilkie

Pfeiffer University
4701 Park Road
Charlotte, NC  28209
Office: (704) 521-9116, ext. 7359
Fax: (704) 521-8617
Direct: (704) 945-7359