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Is it possible to receive an MFT after a non psychology major?

I am currently at a community college and will be transferring soon.
I started with psychology and just recently changed my major to Human Behavior and Social Justice, but do have in mind a masters in family therapy. counseling humanbehavior career

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Hannah’s Answer

Hi Angela,

One of the most effective ways to get answers to this question is to reach out to the schools you'd be interested in getting a masters degree from. Have you already been researching some of these schools and degrees? Each program within a particular school usually lists admission requirements for students who would like to apply. IF the school is looking for students who have a specific major in undergrad, they usually state it as a requirement for admission.

I work in Indiana, so I'll use Indiana University as an example - the M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling ONLY requires that you've completed your bachelors degree from an accredited institution - they don't care if you majored in psychology or accounting. The same goes for Purdue University's Marriage and Family Therapy program. This is fairly common for masters degrees. One of my classmates got a degree in chemical engineering before going to grad school for art history!

The best way to find out whether you've got the undergraduate experience needed for a certain masters program is to simply ask! Schools will be more than happy to hear from a prospective student and give you the info you're searching for!

Hannah recommends the following next steps:

Research graduate schools offering masters degrees that focus on family therapy. You can talk to an academic advisor or career coach at your school to get started!
Select 3-5 schools/programs and contact them as a prospective applicant to learn more about their admissions process.
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Jeanie’s Answer

Yes! It is definitely possible to get an MFT without a psychology degree - I had a business degree ( MBA) and graduated from college with a BA in international relations...so not related! My suggestion is to look at programs that fit your needs (location/$/style of learning) and try to find one that is theory neutral so that you can learn variety:)
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Leah’s Answer

Yes you can! Most schools just would like some major that's related in some sort of way, and it sounds like that major would be fine! I would research different graduate programs to see if they specifically have requirements, but from my experience a psychology major is not required. Definitely try to gain as much hands on experiences in the field as an undergrad. Hope this helps!
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Erik’s Answer

Yes, every learning expirience defines your working style, everything counts, the more subjects you get to know makes it easy to connects the dots in life matters
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