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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.

  • Ability to apply and synthesize theories of human development, family relationships and human ecology to such topics as:  normal child development and family process, gender issues, social class and cultural influences and normative and non-normative transitions
  • Ability to apply scientific and ethical approaches to the study of and practice with children, adults and families
  • Professional verbal communication skills and cognitive skills and use of technology
  • Ability to promote social and public policies that benefit children and families
  • Ability to integrate their knowledge and skills in order to work with individuals and families of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrate development of systemic thinking, as it is understood by Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the theories, models and research findings of the Marriage and Family Therapy discipline into their clinical work
  • Develop the skills essential to the successful practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Make critical assessments of their own clinical work
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member
  • Display an informed commitment to the ethical and legal practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advance the discipline of Marriage and Family Therapy through organizational involvement and scholarly pursuits

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

*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