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MS-Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapy is a recognized mental health discipline specializing in working with children, adolescents, and adults, either individually or together, within the context of systems theories. Unlike other mental health disciplines where you may take one or two classes in how to work holistically and relationally with clients, the entire program focuses the training and education to work within this paradigm. Individuals who complete the academic and clinical requirements earn a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.  

During the program you will be eligible to apply for a training license to practice therapy, and with additional post-degree hours of supervised work experience you can apply for full licensure as a marriage and family therapist. This degree specifically provides graduates with expertise in working with individuals, couples, and families. Additionally, this training also provides excellent preparation for other forms of clinical and administrative work in social and human service agencies.

Program Highlights

In so many ways the MFT program at Edgewood College embodies the values of the Dominican mission: truth, justice, compassion, partnership, community. Our pursuit to provide education and training based on scholarship and evidence based practice is grounded in the mission of truth. In striving for justice we train our graduates to appreciate, work with, and empower disenfranchised populations. Through the clinical work at our Family Therapy Center we partner with and support other agencies by providing compassionate therapeutic services to those who would otherwise not have access in and around the greater Madison community.

Study without sacrificing your work and home life.
Our classes are held in the evenings year around. Our program offers full-time and part-time class schedules; talk with your advisor about which schedule might work for you and your family. Most students complete the program in two years.

Be part of a unique learning community.
In our cohort-based program, you will have the opportunity to work in a team setting.  New cohorts begin each Fall semester. Enrollment is limited to allow for small class size and individual attention.

Learn from exceptional faculty.
All MFT faculty members have extensive clinical experience in their subject area, and maintain active clinical work in addition to their teaching. This provides students of the program excellent training and instruction by faculty with hands-on, real-world experience in their respective fields. Several of the faculty are nationally recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field and their patients.

Participate in advanced clinical training and internships.
The program includes a 12-month internship where you will work with a variety of individuals, couples and families from the community. In Madison, Edgewood College also operates The Family Center, which provides students with a venue to meet their required clinical hours providing low-cost, high-quality, supportive therapy for individuals, couples and families.

Qualify for licensure
Obtaining your MS-MFT degree at Edgewood College qualifies you to apply for licensure in Wisconsin. Learn more about the requirements and process to receive a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Wisconsin. If you are planning to apply for licensure outside of Wisconsin, we can assist you in that process and answer questions you might have about how your Edgewood College MFT degree and internship experience would meet license requirements in other states. 

Degree Requirements

Program Requirements

To receive the Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, students must have:

  • Earned 48 credits in prescribed marriage and family therapy courses;
  • Completed the interdisciplinary studies requirements;
  • Maintained a 3.00 grade point average in those credits;
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 500 clinical contact hours (which must include 300 direct contact hours), plus 100 hours of supervision prior to graduation. 

Degree Requirements

All courses carry 3 graduate credits. Also an Independent Study course is available if needed and should be arranged with the Director of the Program.


MFT600 Intro to Systems Theories
MFT605* Intro to Marriage & Family Therapy Models
MFT610 MFT Approaches and Groups
MFT615* Psychology of Trauma and Stress
MFT620* Diversity & Inclusion 
MFT625* Couple’s and Sex Therapy
MFT630* Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology
MFT635* Assessment
MFT700 Research Methods
MFT720 Community Intersections
MFT740 Working with Children & Adolescents
MFT745 Collaboration & Contemporary Issues
MFT750 Internship I
MFT760 Internship II
MFT770 Internship III
MFT780 Internship as needed 
MFT800* Ethics & Social Responsibility 
*Courses with * indicate blended format 

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits related to personal development and growth are priceless, you can also expect your MS-MFT degree to expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace.

The job outlook for Marriage and Family Therapists is excellent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the occupation will grow by 15% by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Learn more.

Remember, completing your MS-MFT degree is an investment in yourself and your career. Be sure to consider not only the total cost of your education, but think about how that total breaks down in terms of monthly costs, which can make your investment feel more manageable and affordable.

Financing Your Edgewood College MS-MFT Degree

Graduate tuition for the 2019-20 year (beginning Summer 2019) is $997 per credit. You can expect that cost to rise by approximately 3.5% per year in the future.

Most MFT students are working professionals who take courses part-time. 48 total credits are required to complete the degree. Students complete the program in 2 years.

Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost of your degree would be approximately $48,696.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Admission Requirements

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee).
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
  4. The MFT Program Reference Form must accompany two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate's potential for success as a therapist.
  5. The MFT program requires a two-page typewritten statement indicating motives and professional goals for pursing a degree in MFT. The written statement should include:
    • Interests and motivation for wanting to be a therapist
    • Ability to succeed in graduate school
    • What preparation, either through coursework, internship, volunteer work, or
      job experience, has been undertaken that provides basic therapy skills.
  6.  Applicants must also submit a resume.
  7. Applications will be reviewed upon completion. The Associate Dean and Program Administrator may request an interview at that time.   
  8. International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.


The completed admission application and fee must be submitted by August 1st. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program runs on a cohort basis and begins in the fall of each academic year. 

New Student Orientation

An Orientation Day for new students will be held on Monday, August 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Transfer Credits

You may submit up to 15 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

Call 608-663-2232 or email to learn more. 

Meet Your Faculty

Dr. Will Hutter

Associate Dean
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program

BS Psychology, Edgewood College; MS Marriage and Family Therapy, Edgewood College; MA Clinical Psychology & PsyD Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


Certifications/Memberships Held:
Trained in EMDR Level II, DBT, PREPARE/Enrich

Specialty Interests:
Forensic Issues: Sex Offenders, NGRI; Issues related to Diversity; Assessment

Misc. Interests:
Horror movies; Kayaking; Road Trips

Dr. Melinda Bailey

Adjunct Faculty
Graduate Department of Psychology
Marriage & Family Therapy Program

BA Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Licensed Psychologist No. 0465

Certifications/Memberships Held:
National Register Listed, American Psychological Association, Wisconsin Psychological Association

Specialty Interests:
Individual, couple, and family therapy, anxiety, stress, trauma, medical issues, pain, mind-body issues, mindfulness, experiential methods.

Misc. Interests:
Running, storytelling, photography, and my two dogs

Judi M. Culver

Clinic Director
The Family Center

BS in Psych and Criminal Justice, Master’s in Counseling, Lakeland College

LPC, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Certifications/Memberships Held:
AAMFT Clinical Fellow, Prepare and Enrich facilitator

Specialty Interests:
Clinical Specialist and Supervisor at The Family Center, Adjunct professor at Lakeland College – teaching Multiculturalism and Group Counseling:

“I enjoy working with the LGBTQ population, with those coping with grief and loss, life crisis and transitions, and corrections issues.”

Misc. Interests:
Spending time with family, travel, reading and crafts.

Ann Jamison

Clinical Specialist
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program

MA, Sociology, Northwestern University
MS, MFT, Edgewood College

LMFT-IT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor in Training

Certifications/Memberships Held:
AAMFT member, Postpartum Support International Clinical Certification, Madison Postpartum Collective member

Specialty Interests:
Clinical Specialist and Supervisor in Training at The Family Center, Therapist at Ann Jamison Therapy

I enjoy working with families surrounding early parenting, adoption, fertility, and overall reproductive mental health. I work from a strengths-based perspective to support each client’s unique path to wellness. I also enjoy working with those experiencing sensory processing challenges and giftedness. I am a sex-positive and LGBTQA clinician.

Misc. Interests:
Knitting, hiking, dogs of all kinds, comic books

Lindsey Marsh

Clinical Coordinator
Graduate Psychology Department
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program

MA in Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling from Western Michigan University


Certifications/Memberships Held:
AAMFT Supervisor In Training

Specialty Interests:
I practice predominately from the Internal Family Systems Theory. I enjoy individual and couples work. I have a passion for working with those who are affected by any form of dementia, whether that person has been diagnosed or knows someone who has been diagnosed.  

Misc. Interests:
Additionally, my self-care comes from utilizing numerous forms of writing and I also love to paint. I enjoy the outdoors and time with those I love. I feel strongly about advocating for change in the face of injustice. My favorite ride in life thus far has been being a mother.  

Myra McNair 

Adjunct Faculty

BA in Biology, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, with specialties in addiction, infant mental health, parent/child attachment, marriage counseling, trauma-informed practices, and cultural interventions


Specialty Interests:
Owner and founder of Anesis Family Therapy, which was established in January 2016 and currently serves over 200 clients, employs 23 staff members and provides services in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Cambodian. Anesis Therapy is one of the most diverse clinics in Dane County and is rooted in systems therapy. 

In 2017 Myra was featured as an M List recipient as a Health Innovator by Madison Magazine.

listening to music, hiking and being outdoors and by water, hanging with my kids and being silly


 Deb Polacek

Program Administrator
Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program

BS Psychology, Edgewood College; MS Marriage and Family Therapy, Edgewood College


Certifications/Memberships Held:
AAMFT Supervisor in Training, PREPARE/Enrich facilitator, Smart Recovery facilitator  

Specialty Interests:
Teaching/mentoring, Supervision, Urgent Care Mental Health

Misc. Interests:
Brainstorming ideas, exploring new places, appreciating and interacting with music and art, and most of all spending time with those I love.

Justin Woodward

Adjunct Instructor
Psychology Department

Associates in Liberal Studies, Undergraduate from Edgewood College in Psychology, Masters from Edgewood College in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Specialty Interests:
Systems, Couples Therapy, Adolescent therapy, Therapy for suicidal adolescents and individuals with Borderline personality disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Experiential Therapy, Structural therapy, Strategic Therapy, Mindfulness, Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Misc. Interests:
Photography, rock climbing, music, astrophysics, particle physics, ecology, natural sciences (especially entomology and herpetology), parenthood, engineering, economics, technological advances, computer science, science fiction, fantasy fiction, eastern philosophy (Taoism and Buddhism primarily).



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Program Information


The Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at Edgewood College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314, (703)838-9808.


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  • Sara_Tripalin
    I credit the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Edgewood College for providing me with the essential skills, systemic outlook, and foundational concepts of therapy necessary to excel as a psychotherapist. Former professors are now trusted colleagues and friends and the program that schooled me as a therapist remains a constant asset as I forge my professional path. I highly value and recommend the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Edgewood College. I am proud to be alumni and I am thankful for having had the opportunity to be a part of this well-respected program.
    Sara Tripalin, MS '09, LMFT, Peace of Mind Therapy LLC

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