Western Seminary M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy MFT

M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) is a professional graduate degree that equips counselors to offer concern and care for the whole person. It prepares you to excel in Christian counseling, as well as in church, private practice, agency, clinical, or school settings. As with most counseling degrees, this program offers skill-based coursework, practicum experience, as well as a requirement to complete your own personal therapy. Since this program is offered at a seminary, it also involves biblical and theological studies for the sake of connecting a Christian worldview and compassion to the counseling profession. While the curriculum satisfies California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), it also allows you the flexibility to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in and beyond California.




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...In as few as three years



24 credits available via online courses,
49 credits on campus


San Jose




What Sets Our Marital and Family Therapy Training Apart?

Counseling program curriculum


Accessible Scheduling

The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy degree may be completed in three years’ time through conventional mid-week evening and weekend courses at our San Jose and Sacramento campuses. Students who live at a distance may also complete up to 24 credits of online courses through the Western Seminary Online campus. These scheduling solutions allow MFT students to minimize travel to campus and maintain their family, church, and work commitments.


Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A foundational knowledge of psychology
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials

If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative admission options to the MFT program.

Western's MFT program not only teaches the science and tools necessary for practicing psychotherapy, but supports this education with biblical and theological courses that nurture the soul. The seminary education is an invaluable foundation and a lifeline for Christians going into the counseling field.

Michelle Bengtson, MFTIM.A. in Marital and Family Therapy GraduateSan Jose, California