M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Toccoa Falls College develops clinicians with the skills and knowledge to provide ethical, competent, and compassionate therapy for individuals, marriages, and families within a multicultural, integrated Christian framework.

Toccoa Falls College’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy will meet the education and training requirements for licensure established by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists.  This program will allow students to become licensed as Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) or, alternatively, as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) with the addition of two elective courses also offered in the program.

This hybrid graduate program from Toccoa Falls College takes a personalized approach, enabling flexibility for graduate learners to take the required marriage and family therapy courses at a reasonable cost. The program may be completed in a convenient three-year plan. The intent is to help learners balance academic, professional, and personal life commitments.

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Marriage and Family Therapy students will be able to:

  • Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the subject, including theories, leading theorists in the field, research methodologies, sub-fields of study, and principles of application (e.g. case studies, development of problems, techniques, etc.)
  • Students will appreciate the importance of employing global awareness and facilitate a broader understanding of diverse perspectives and other cultures when conducting therapy.
  • Students will analyze and apply the course material in critical thinking, case conceptualization, problem solving, and decision making, consistent with a biblical worldview.
  • Students will demonstrate specific skills and competencies of individual, couples, and family therapy in a compassionate manner consistent with a biblical worldview.
  • Students will identify, investigate, and synthesize academic research on relevant topics in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate, explain, and facilitate ethical reasoning and decision making in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy, consistent with a Christian worldview perspective.

  1. Transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college, university, or program and evidence of meeting one of the following stipulations:
    • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on the last degree-bearing transcript, OR
    • A cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on the last degree- bearing transcript, OR
    • A combined score of 300 for the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken after 8/1/11
  1. At least six earned credit hours in Psychology or Counseling, or acceptable equivalent.
  2. Three recommendations, at least one from a professor and one from a supervisor/professional
  3. A completed application, along with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  4. A current resume or curriculum vitae
  5. Personal Faith Narrative and Statement of Intent


Total Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit Hour
M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy
$510.00 N/A

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As of June 2021, we have determined that the M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy program at Toccoa Falls College meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in most states. Please note that state boards are frequently changing and clarifying their requirements, so it is strongly encouraged that students determine any additional requirements (e.g., exams, clinical and supervision hours) for licensure in the state in which they seek to be licensed.

TFC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the MAMFT program is designed to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) according to their timelines and standards.

Students  should  refer  to  their  state licensing bodies,  as  well  as  the  American  Association  for  Marriage  and  Family  Therapy (https://aamft.org) and COAMFTE (https://coamfte.org ) websites, for the most current requirements for licensure. Most state licensing board contact information can be found at: https://aamft.org/AAMFT/BUILD_Your_Career/MFT_State_Provincial_Resources/Advocacy/State_Resources/MFT_State_Resources.aspx?hkey=261d7879-9d5b-4aa0-b60c-c15e82b8b095.

For those students desiring to pursue licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC), please refer to the American Counseling Association website at https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/licensure-requirements/state-professional-counselor-licensure-boards, or the American Association of State Counseling Boards website at http://www.aascb.org/aws/AASCB/pt/sp/layout_directory-state?get_content_from_session=1

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact the MFT Program Director, Dr. Fred C. Gingrich at fgingrich@tfc.edu, or the office of the Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness, Mrs. Allison Ferron at abrady@tfc.edu.