To develop the ranking for The Top 50 Most Affordable Accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Programs, we started by compiling all the programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy web site (AAMFT). Next, using the Institute of Education Sciences' College Navigator, we gathered the average graduate tuition for the 2014-2015 school year. The schools were then ranked by affordability.
- Programs that did not list tuition information on College Navigator were not included in this ranking.
- Programs listed as "Accredited with Stipulations" were included in the ranking. Per the COAMFTE, "A program with deficiencies may be awarded accreditation with stipulations provided they can be corrected within a specified period of time."
- Programs listed as "Program on Probation" were not included in this ranking. Per the COAMFTE, "Programs that fail to clear stipulations in their first year of carrying stipulations will be placed on probation for a period of time not to exceed one year."