Program Schedule


Program length: 24 – 27 months, typically 6-7 terms
Credit hours: 47 – 49 semester units (depending if students choose optional additional one semester of practicum)

Fall and Spring of first year :

Attend classes at PLU twice a week, typically 3:00-6:20pm. The first year of the program is designed to make it easier for working professionals. Students with flexible work schedules can generally work part-time or even full-time during their first two semesters.

Fall year 1 (September - December)
MFTH 503
MFTH 504
Systems approach to MFT
Family development
4 semester hours
4 semester hours
January term, year 1 (month of January)
MFTH 505 Research Methods3 semester hours
Spring, year 1
MFTH 507
MFTH 512
Comparative MFT
Professional studies in MFT
4 semester hours
4 semester hours

Summer of first year:

Classes one to three times per week, typically three-hour classes held in the early afternoon.

Option A “summer starters”: begin practica in summer at on-campus clinic, 20-25 hours per week. Students in practica work together in co-therapy teams for extra support and will meet in pairs for clinical supervision for two hours weekly.

Option B “fall starters”: begin practica in fall at on-campus clinic, 20-25 hours per week. Students in practica work together in co-therapy teams for extra support and will meet in pairs for clinical supervision for two hours weekly.

Summer year 1: Option A trackSummer year 1: Option B track
MFTH 500 (4) Human Development
MFTH 519 (2) Practicum I
MFTH 520 (2) Theory
MFTH 500 (4) Human Development

Fall and Spring of second year, and optional semester:

Fall/Spring/Summer/Fall: Classes typically one day a week, 12:00-6:20pm; internship continues at on-campus clinic, with the addition of internship at off-campus clinic, 20-25 hours per week.

Fall year 2: Option A trackFall year 2: Option B track
MFTH 511 (4) Systemic Assessment
MFTH 521 (2) Practicum II
MFTH 522 (2) Theory II
MFTH 511 (4) Systemic Assessment
MFTH 519 (2) Practicum I
MFTH 520 (2) Theory I
Spring year 2: Option A trackSpring year 2: Option B track
MFTH 510 (4) Human sexuality, Sex & Couples therapy
MFTH 523 (2) Practicum III
MFTH 524 (2) Theory III
MFTH 510 (4) Human sexuality, Sex & Couples therapy
MFTH 521 (2) Practicum II
MFTH 522 (2) Theory II
Summer year 2: Option A trackSummer year 2: Option B track
MFTH 525 2 Practium IV
MFTH 526 2 Theory IV
MFTH 523 (2) Practicum III
MFTH 524 (2) Theory III
Fall year 3: Option A track (optional)Fall year 3: Option B track
MFTH 527 (2) Practium VMFTH 525 2 Practium IV
MFTH 526 2 Theory IV
Spring year 3: Option B track (optional)
MFTH 527 (2) Practicum V