Psychology & Social Work
Marriage and Family Therapy

If you're passionate about helping families and couples overcome confrontation, disagreement, and strife to forge happier, healthier, and more stable relationships and support systems, a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Marriage and Family Therapy students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In this field, a master's degree, clinical experience, and state licensure are typically required to become a professional, practicing Marriage and Family Therapist. Doctorate degrees can lead to positions in research, academia, and management/clinical supervision.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in science and psychology coursework and extracurricular or work experience in interpersonal communication and/or mediation helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Marriage and Family Therapy Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy include:

  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Marriage and Family Therapists was $49,610 in 2019 (1) while Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary, earned a mean salary of $87,530 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.