Marriage & Family Therapy

Counselor Education & Family Therapy

Marriage & Family Therapy


Counselor Education & Family Therapy

Contact Information

Henry Barnard Hall, Room 225
860.832.2145 (fax)

Dr. Cherie King

Department Chair & Professor

Dr. Tatiana Melendez-Rhodes

MFT Program Coordinator

Marian Rosario




Welcome! The Master's Program in Marriage & Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University, conveniently located off major highways in the center of the state, offers full-time study opportunities for persons interested in pursuing a career in marriage and family therapy. The program is nationally accredited by AAMFT's Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

The mission of the CCSU MFT Program is to provide quality training in MFT education that promotes entry-level competence at the point of graduation. The program is committed to advancing and disseminating the Metaframeworks paradigm as a valued systemic basis for teaching and practicing marriage and family therapy (which incorporates the evidence-based systemic trauma model, Internal Family Systems), promoting culturally-informed and respectful systemic mental health practice, and promoting leadership in the MFT field among our students, faculty, and graduates.

The program consists of a flexible evening track that affords students the opportunity to complete the program during the work week; typically within three years with full-time study.  Because of our flexibility and convenience, our program attracts a diverse set of students that bring a richness to the graduate experience rarely seen elsewhere.

The MFT program's intensive 63-credit hour curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid theoretical background as a foundation for intensive clinical training in systemic approaches to human problems. The curriculum is designed to meet the academic requirements for Connecticut Licensure for Marital and Family Therapists and AAMFT Clinical Membership.

Admission to the program occurs in the Fall and applications are accepted until February 1 for Fall admission. Clinical placements and intensive faculty supervision emphasize the development of effective therapeutic skills to meet the challenges of the new climate in health care service delivery. Emphasis is placed on the development of the "person of the therapist." A key theme of the program is respect for diversity of people and lifestyles in families. Because admission to the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy is highly competitive process, meeting the minimum graduate and program specific application criteria and requirements does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the program.

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for the summer term weekend program. Students interested in the MFT program are encouraged to apply for the Fall only term with a February 1st deadline.

The Graduate faculty consists of a diverse set of AAMFT Approved Supervisors and Licensed MFTs who are highly experienced both as teachers and as clinicians in the MFT field. All courses are taught by faculty members who are dedicated to the training of Marriage and Family Therapists.


The Master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (C.O.A.M.F.T.E.) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (A.A.M.F.T.). This status is effective for a period of seven (7) years, May 1, 2015 - May 1, 2022.

Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure

Marriage and Family Therapy is a profession that leads to licensure in all 50 states; however, each state has its own law and regulations about what is needed to become licensed as a MFT in that state.

Not every state will accept a degree and supervised hours earned in another state. Review license requirements in the state you intend to practice as soon as possible so that you understand what may and may not be accepted across state lines. Here is the link to each state’s licensure MFT State/Provincial Resources (

The coursework for Central Connecticut State University was designed to meet Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure (LMFT) requirements in the state of Connecticut. LMFT requirements and regulations vary by sate. If you are considering moving to another state after graduation, it is imperative you research that state’s requirements and proactively prepare for them. You should communicate with your faculty supervisor and the Clinical Coordinator as soon as possible so that you may plan your internship accordingly.

COAMFTE requires that this information be provided to students and acknowledged in writing prior to students beginning their studies in the program. All students are required to complete and sign the Informed Acknowledgement of MFT Licensure and Regulatory Requirements before starting their coursework at CCSU.