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What is MFT?

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) are mental health professionals who are trained to work with couples, families and individuals from a systemic/relational perspective. MFTs view a relationship as a system, and when a couple or family is having problems, we look at it as an issue with the system and the way the people within the system relate, not as a problem with an individual in that system.

How long does it take to complete the Master’s program?

The MMFT Program is primarily a part time program designed for professionals already working in the field. Classes are typically in the evenings and students often complete the program in 5-6 years. Limited full time spots are available for those who can show extenuating circumstances that make part-time study impossible. The full time track takes 3 years.

How many credit hours are required?

A total of 63 Credit hours are required which include 24 credit hours of practicum.

Can I attend the program and work full-time?

Yes. Many of our students work full time and take classes in the evening. Students often take 2 classes per term for the first 1-2 years, and then 1 class plus a practicum in the last 3-4 years.

Is there a full-time study option?

[Updated: January 13, 2017] Due to unforeseen circumstances, the MMFT Program is unable to accept Full-Time domestic students for 2017 admission. As in past years, we are inviting applications from domestic students for part-time study.

Yes but very limited. Each year the program accepts a few students on a full time basis. These spots are designated for students who can show extenuating circumstances that make part-time study impossible. Full time students are required to take 21 credit hours over 3 terms per year. They start practicum in their 2nd year. It takes 3 years to complete the Master’s degree requirements. The experiential nature of many courses in addition to clinical work often makes the full-time study experience quite intense.

What courses are taught in the program?

Please see the course offerings and descriptions here: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/academics/graduate-calendar/docs/grad-mft.pdf

What is the average class size and structure?

Regular 3 credit-hour classes meet 1/wk for 3 hours for 12 weeks and have approximately 18 students in them.  Most classes are scheduled in the evenings during the week.

Are there online courses?

No.

How many students are in the program?

There are over 110 students currently going through different stages of the program. Most of them are part-time students.

What are the career opportunities after graduation?

Ninety-eight percent of our graduates over the past 15 years work in the counseling field post -graduation. Our graduates are employed at almost every social service agencies in Winnipeg, and in a wide variety of settings: non-profit social-service agencies, private therapy clinics, mental health agencies, schools and universities, hospitals, military, their own private practice, etc. 

Is the MMFT program accredited with Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE)?

No. Our Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy is a recognized Master’s degree from the University of Winnipeg that is a member of the AUCC (Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada). COAMFTE is not a licensure body. It is affiliated with American Association for Marriage and Family (AAMFT). Graduates of COAMFTE accredited programs are required to complete 500 client contact hours under a qualified supervisor before applying for an AAMFT Clinical Fellow membership, while others are required 1,000 client contact hours. The MMFT program meets the AAMFT educational requirements, and our supervisors are all AAMFT approved supervisors or supervisor candidates. For more information about COAMFTE, please see here: http://www.coamfte.org/imis15/coamfte/home.aspx