Marriage & Family Therapy


Professional Diploma in Marriage & Family Therapy


Main Campus (Union, NJ)


Fall:        June 1
Spring:  December 1


The Marriage and Family Therapy Program is a 66-credit professional training program that is structured to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in New Jersey. Students may enter the program with either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree. All students who enter without an appropriate master’s degree will earn the MA in Psychology, Psychological Services Specialization after successful completion of the first 33 credit hours of the program (which includes a research thesis). Students will advance to the professional sequence of the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Diploma Program only after the successful completion of a progress review. The program includes a two-term internship that generally follows the marriage and family coursework, but is largely free of other educational and professional demands. Students in the MFT program are required to complete a minimum of 500 client contact hours and 100 hours of face-to-face supervision during the course of their internship and practicum experience. 
Students entering with a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work or an allied field must complete a minimum of 33 credits at Kean University. If applicants lack any of the foundation courses they may be required to complete additional courses beyond the mini¬mum. New Jersey licensure law requires specific competency areas. The curriculum, designed within the practitioner-scholar model, is devised to enable successful graduates to function as marriage and family therapists in a variety of settings. Through required coursework, practica and internship experiences, students are provided an opportunity to develop skills in assessment, interviewing and counseling with individuals, couples and families. The program stresses the need for marriage and family therapists to understand the varied religious, ethnic, cultural and national characteristics of their clientele.


In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (lower GPA’s will be considered based on strength of overall application)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Departmental interview
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.


12 credits in the Behavioral Sciences (at least 6 of which are Psychology).


  • 66 credits - 33 credits must be completed at Kean University
  • Practica in individual, marital and family therapy internship
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Comprehensive Examination


FOUNDATION Requirements 33 Credits
ID 5020 Readings in Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
PSY 5130 Human Development Across the Life Span 3 credits
PSY 5320 Learning Theory and Applications 3 credits
PSY 5500 Self of Therapist: Professional Growth and Development 3 credits
PSY 5515 Advanced Theories of Personality 3 credits
PSY 5530 Advanced Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5640 Analysis of Small Group Processes 3 credits
PSY 5720 Family Systems Theories and Techniques 3 credits
PSY 5810 Introduction to Diagnostic Testing-Practicum 3 credits
PSY 5910 Research Methods: Seminar 3 credits
PSY XXXX Additional Elective 3 credits
Professional Courses 33 Credits**
PSY 5040 Human Sexuality and Gender 3 credits
PSY 5730 Clinical Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy 3 credits
PSY 5740 Group Practice in Family Therapy 3 credits
PSY 5760 Treatment Issues in Couples and Family Therapy 3 credits
PSY 5770 Marital Therapy: Theories and Techniques 3 credits
PSY 5780 Foundations of Family Therapy 3 credits
PSY 6600 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in MFT 3 credits
PSY 6610 Human Diversity in Marriage and Family Therapy 3 credits
PSY 6620 Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy 3 credits
PSY 6700 Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy I 3 credits
PSY 6710 Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy II 3 credits
PSY 5000 Evolutionary Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5110 Developmental Study of Children 3 credits
PSY 5120 Social Psychology of Adolescence 3 credits
PSY 5170 Psychology of Aging 3 credits
PSY 5420 Behavior Modification 3 credits
PSY 5550 Psychopathology of Childhood 3 credits
PSY 5555 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5585 Violence, Aggression and Risk Management 3 credits
PSY 5600 Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5610 Advanced Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5660 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3 credits
PSY 5920 Thesis Seminar 3 credits

(Other courses by advisement and permission of program coordinator)

**All courses in the professional sequence require matriculation in the Marriage and Family Therapy program, an appropriate M.A. degree or permission of the coordinator.**


Messages from Kean MFT Students

Kean MFT Program Professors

Muriel Singer, Ph.D., R.N., LMFT
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: (908) 737-5886
Office: EC-232B
CV of Dr. Muriel Singer

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
Clinical Specialist in Medical Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
B.A. in Psychology, Empire State College

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Reviewer of The Qualitative Report

Classes taught
MFT Systems Theories and Techniques, Foundations in Family Therapy, Treatment Issues in Couples and Family Therapy, Human Sexuality and Gender, Clinical Practicum and MFT Internship.

Research Interests
Research that examines the underpinnings of relationships in families and couples. The integration of mindfulness into couples and family therapy. Consulting with medical professionals and patients on illness and wellness issues. Developing collaborative care between medical and mental health professionals

Jin (Hye Jin) Kim, Ph.D., LMFT
Assistant Professor
Phone: (908) 732-5884
Office: EC-232A
CV of Dr. Hye Jin Kim

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University
M.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University Calumet
B.A. in Psychology, SUNY Buffalo

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Certified Imago Therapist by Imago Relationships International

Classes taught
MFT Theories and Practice, Martial Therapy and Techniques, Relational Assessment, Group Psychotherapy, Human Development across the Life Span, Diversity in MFT, Self of the Therapist, and MFT Practicum.

Research Interests
Dr. Kim has research interests in cross-cultural studies, research with marginalized populations, MFT supervision, and family health matters that impact family dynamics. Dr. Kim’s article was nominated as the best JMFT Article of the year in 2015 and she received Emerging Scholar Award from Journal of Marital and Family Therapy in 2016.

Christine Ferro-Saxon, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Adjunct Professor

M.S. in Social Work, Specialization in Advanced Clinical Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work
B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies, Drew University
Certificate in Administrative Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Executive Director- Family Service League/SAVE of Essex County (A Sexual and Family Violence Intervention and Prevention Center)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Supervisor
Member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault- Member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee

Classes Taught
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Communication, Advanced Psychological Counseling Techniques, Freshman Seminar

Ferro, C., Cermele, J., & Saltzman, A. (2008). Current perceptions of marital rape: Some good and not-so-good news. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(6), 746-779.

Ellen M. Gregory, LMFT
Adjunct Professor
Ellen M. Gregory, M.A., LMFT - NYC Anger Management Therapist Contact

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Hofstra University
B.S. in Psychology and Administration of Justice, University of Pittsburgh

Founder and Practice Director of Midtown Marriage and Family Therapy, NYC
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & AAMFT Clinical Member
Member of the Board for the New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Ellen's theoretical approach is an integration of psychodynamic, humanistic, holistic, and systemic theories. Ellen specializes in anger management NYC within relationships, working with her staff in multiple modalities to deeply heal both the individual and the couple/family system.

Classes Taught

Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy

Jay E. Oh, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar/Adjunct Professor

Jay E. Oh, PhD, is currently a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor of the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the School of Psychology at Kean University. He is a former Associate Professor at Soongsil University in South Korea. Jay holds masters and doctorate degrees in Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. Jay also completed a post-graduate MFT program at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and he received a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of New England. He is a founding director of Korea Family Counseling Center (KFCC) and Korea Institute of Couple Relationship Therapy (KICRT). Jay serves as the founding President of Korean Association of Family Counseling, which has a national network of 44 counseling centers with 5,000 members of professional therapists. Jay is the first Asian Clinical Faculty Instructor of Imago Couple Relationship Therapy. He introduced Imago Therapy to South Korea by hosting Dr. Harville Hendrix who is a creator of Imago therapy. Jay is a frequent guest on TV and his book, I Love Myself the Way I Am (2009), became a national bestseller in South Korea. He has also written and translated a number of books such as Family Healing (Minuchin, 2013), Active Parenting (Popkin, 2012), Healing in the Relational Paradigm (Luquet & Hannah, 2011), Imago Relationship Therapy (Brown, 2009), A Way of Being (Rogers, 2007), Bradshaw On: The Family (Bradshaw, 2006), and Homecoming (Bradshaw, 2004).

Dr. Oh received the Best Teacher’s Award, the Best Lecturer’s Award several times at Soongsil University and the Best Research Award and the Best Supervisor Award by the National Council of Graduate School of Counseling and Psychotherapy. He also received the International Development Award from Imago Relationships International.

Classes Taught

Group Psychological Counseling Techniques, Marital Therapy: Theories and Techniques, Human Development, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Counseling Practicum

Professional Organizations

Useful Websites



Please contact one of our
Graduate Admissions Counselors

Program coordinator

East Campus, Room 232B
T. 908.737.5886

Updated 10/12/16