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FAQs - Program


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 complete the program in 6 years. A few full time spots are available, and 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. Part-time 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?

Yes but limited (2-3 students). Full time students are required to complete all degree requirements (63 credits) in 3 years. They start practicum in their 2nd year. 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: https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/academics/graduate-calendar/docs/grad-all-course-descriptions.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 16 students in them.  Most classes are scheduled in the evenings during the week.

Are there online courses?


How many students are in the program?

There are over 70 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 by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE)?

The MMFT program was accredited by COAMFTE from November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2023. The program will not seek a renewal of accreditation.