Graduate FAQs

Below are a few of our Frequently Asked Questions. Please feel free to contact our Graduate Programs team with any additional questions.

How do I apply?

To apply, click here. The documents needed to complete the application process are transcripts from all colleges attended, current resume or curriculum vitae, personal faith narrative, and a statement of intent essay. For the MFT program, you will also have to provide 3 letters of recommendation. If you still have questions, email, text, or call Sara Streetman at sstreetman@tfc.edu or 706-244-0214.

What kind of technology will I use?

A Mac or PC desktop or laptop with internet access. High internet is preferred for some Zoom conferencing. Our digital classrooms are Mac and PC friendly. Not all applications will work on a Smart Phone.

How long is the program?

M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy

The MFT program can be competed in 2.5 years (2 academic years – 4 semesters, + 2 summers). However, this assumes full-time studies. Those who need to work or have other major time commitments may need to extend their program. This is easily done, though it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to work with their academic advisor to ensure the completion of the program.

M.A. in Organizational Leadership

The OL program can be completed in 1 year (1 academic year—2 semesters, +1 summer). However, this assumes full-time studies. Those who need to work or have other major time commitments may need to extend their program. This is easily done, though it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to work with their academic advisor ensure the completion of the program.

Can I do the program part-time?

Yes! Our courses run in 8-week sessions, with 2 sessions per semester. This allows students to take 1-2 courses per session, or 1-4 courses per semester. Two courses per semester is considered part time and 4 courses per semester is considered full time.

What does asynchronous look like?

Synchronous approaches have flourished in which courses and programs seek to recreate the residential classroom online. Asynchronous education takes it a step further by transcending the limitations of location and time by no longer requiring attendance at classes but engaging in a range of learning activities by oneself or in online learning communities, following a detailed weekly schedule of activities and assignments. Reluctance, and even some skepticism, quickly disappears as students embrace the new technology forms of graduate learning, and the asynchronous format.

For MFT students, how is an LMFT different from an LPC?

You will see a lot of similarities – both require courses in counseling skills, development, ethics, psychopathology, and both will probably have practicum and internship courses. The differences will be more subtle. For instance, MFT programs typically study a different set of theories of counseling than LPC programs. An MFT program will have an obvious and pervasive emphasis on looking at people’s struggles through a relational lens, whereas an LPC program will assume primarily individual development, individual change, and individual sessions. The question for you to consider is how important do you think relationships are to one’s mental health? In Western countries, mental illness has been assumed to be located within the individual hence LPC programs have flourished. But what if mental health issues are primarily between people, and what occurs within people is the result of relational contexts in the past and in the present – families, friendships, schools, churches, communities, and society.  Please note that states differ in terms of requirements for LPC and LMFT. At TFC both the requirements for the LMFT and the LPC can be met in the program (with the addition of two courses offered by the program for the LPC).

Is there financial aid available?

Students can apply for federal financial aid through FAFSA. If you still have questions, email, text, or call Sara Streetman at sstreetman@tfc.edu or 706-244-0214.

Are there any on-campus residencies?

MAMFT has 4 courses that have on-campus residency weekends. These courses include Foundational Skills for Counseling & MFT, Premarital Counseling, Treatment Planning, and Family Therapy. Typically, only one occurs in any semester.