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.
Earn a degree
...In as few as three years
24 credits available via online courses,
What Sets Our Marital and Family Therapy Training Apart?
- Integrate a Biblical worldview with current psychological theory and counseling technique
- Bring care to clients in 3 semesters (225 hours) of supervised counseling practicum
- Complete 30 hours of personal therapy for your own personal and spiritual growth, experiencing first-hand the impact of therapy
- An optional Addiction Studies Certificate track at Western Seminary San Jose campus prepares students for certification by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals
Counseling program curriculum
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.
- 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.