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Accreditation and Student Learning Outcomes

The Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy was one of the first master's degree programs in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). We are the only COAMFTE-accredited program in an Illinois state-supported university.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of human development across the individual life span and the family life cycle and the ability to integrate theories of development into their clinical work.
  • Display a comprehension of systems theory, including classic and contemporary CFT theories, with the capacity to employ systems theories in therapy with couples, families and individuals.
  • Show proficiency in the interpersonal and therapeutic skills essential to the successful practice of couple and family therapy.
  • Make effective use of clinical supervision including openness to supervisory feedback, active participation, diligent preparation for supervision, ability to evaluate their own work and implementation of recommendations into clinical work with clients.
  • Exhibit an understanding of cultural diversity and the contextual factors that impact clients and the ability to integrate their knowledge and clinical skills in therapy with diverse individuals, couples and families.
  • Demonstrate a beginning- level knowledge of MFT research; an understanding of the research conducted by the CFT Clinic and the capacity to use this research in their therapy with clients.
  • Display a comprehension of the AAMFT Code of Ethics and legal issues; the capacity to assess ethical and legal issues in clinical work and to develop an ethical decision-making process to address ethical and legal challenges. 

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (SMFT) Program
Accredited: 12-01-1983

Minimum Program Length*: 2 Academic Years
Advertised Program Length*: 2 Years
Maximum Time to Complete Program*: 5 Years

There were no part-time students.

Year Students Entered Program** Number of Students Graduation Rate
(Minimum Time)
Graduation Rate
(Advertised Time)
Graduation Rate
(Maximum Time)
Job Placement Rate*** National Exam Pass Rate****
2005-2006 11 N/A 91% 91% 83% 100%
2006-2007 12 N/A 100% 100% 80% 100%
2007-2008 11 N/A 73% 73% 83% 75%
2008-2009 11 N/A 100% 100% 100% 100%
2009-2010 12 N/A 100% 100% 83% 100%
2010-2011 12 N/A 100% 83% 83% 100%
2011-2012 12 N/A 83% 90% 90% 100%
2012-2013 12 N/A 83% 87% 87% 100%
2013-2014 12 N/A 83% 100% 100% 100%
2014-2015 9 N/A 89% 89% 100% 100%
2015-2016 6 N/A 67% 100% N/A N/A
2016-2017 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2017-2018 11 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Minimum length of time is the shortest time possible that a student could complete the program (i.e., a student doubled up on coursework one semester and was able to graduate early). Advertised length of time is how long the program is designed to complete as written. Maximum length of time is the maximum allowable time in which a student could finish the program (i.e., if a student needed to take time off due to illness, family responsibilities, etc.).

**Program is required to provide data only on the past 10 years/cohort or since the program was initial accredited, whichever is shorter.

***This is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed within 3 years of their graduation utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program. Masters and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information. Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public.

**** Master programs are required to provide this information. Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master’s programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort.

Race/Ethnicity Faculty Students Total
Black/African Descent 1 0 1
White/European Descent 5 11 16
Asian 4 1 5
Pacific Islander 0 0 0
Native American 0 0 0
Non-white Hispanic/Latino 0 2 2
Two or More Races 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
Total 10 14 24
Gender Faculty Students Total
Female 8 13 21
Male 2 1 3
Total 10 14 24