Overview

This program is designed from the perspective of family systems for persons who would like to work with individuals, couples, and families as a licensed marriage and family therapist. Graduates serve as clinical therapists in a wide range of mental health settings as well as specialists in family ministry within churches, parish-based counseling practices, parachurch ministries, and pastoral counseling agencies. This degree program also prepares students for doctoral studies in marriage and family studies. All students admitted to the Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (M.A.M.F.T.) program must complete the assessment process required of all seminary students during their first year of study. During the last year of the program, students will write a major MFT Senior Integrative Project, which must be approved in order to graduate. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (C average), and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (B average) in their required marital and family therapy courses are required to graduate with the M.A.M.F.T. degree. Full-time students can complete the degree program within three years or four years for part-time students. After successful completion of the practicum entrance process (includes GPA of 3.0 or higher of required MFT courses taken at that point), a 500-hour, 12-month practicum is started and completed during the last program year.

All students admitted to the M.A.M.F.T. program are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of individual psychotherapy provided by a LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, or psychologist of their own choosing. Each student will be fully responsible for financial arrangements with the therapist.

The Marital and Family Therapy master’s program at Bethel Seminary San Diego is nationally accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
112 S. Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.9808
coa@aamft.org

Coursework meets all the academic requirements for licensure as a marital and family therapist in California as well as most of the requirements in many other states. Following graduation, additional supervised clinical practice and passing two licensing exam(s) (in California) are required for licensure.

Campus and Delivery

San Diego: Traditional

 

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy - San Diego

Traditional

Prerequisite for those without an undergraduate/graduate introductory course in counseling/psychotherapy theory and techniques; credits do not apply toward the M.A.M.F.T.: MF500.

Core Requirements
BI510Hermeneutics3
HS640Christian Lives and Spirituality in History3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
TS520Theology & Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3
Degree Specific Requirements
MF625Theories of Marital and Family Therapy I3
MF626Theories of Marital and Family Therapy II1.5
MH627AGroup Psychotherapy A1.5
MF627Research Design and Evaluation3
MF629Community Mental Health3
MF635Individual Development, Aging and Family Life Cycle3
MF636Dynamics of Family Process1.5
MF645Psychological Assessment3
MF646Individual and Family Psychopathology3
MF647Psychopharmacology and MFT2
MF656Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention1
MF657Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention1
MF658Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention1
MF665Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture3
MH656ACrisis Intervention and Trauma Response A1.5
MF666Sexuality and Intimacy in Couples and Families1.5
MF675Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3
MF715Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF716Supervised Clinical Experience II3
MF717Supervised Clinical Experience III3
MF785AMarital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar A0.5
MF785BMarital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar B0.5
MF785CMarital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar C0.5
Other Requirements
SP002Formation Assessments0
15 hours of individual psychotherapy0
Intent to Graduate Application0
Total Credits65

A minimum of 65 semester credits is required for graduation. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements. The associate registrar and MFT/MHC administrative assistant will be happy to answer questions and offer guidance.

Academic Plans

The academic plans listed below serve as examples of what an academic plan for completing the Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy could look like and should not be considered the final authority for determining when to take courses. Since paths toward completion may change due to course availability, courses and corresponding terms may vary from the examples below. Spring start academic plans are available through contacting the Bethel Seminary San Diego Registrar's Office.

3 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Principles of CounselingMF656 Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention1MH627A Group Psychotherapy A1.5MF636 Dynamics of Family Process1.5
MF625 Theories of Marital and Family Therapy I3 MF626 Theories of Marital and Family Therapy II1.5MF666 Sexuality and Intimacy in Couples and Families1.5
MF627 Research Design and Evaluation3 MF635 Individual Development, Aging and Family Life Cycle3TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
SP002 Formation Assessments0 BI510 Hermeneutics3 
 6 1 9 6
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF665 Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture3MF657 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention1MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MF715 Supervised Clinical Experience I3
NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3 MF647 Psychopharmacology and MFT2MF785A Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar A0.5
MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3 MF645 Psychological Assessment3MF629 Community Mental Health3
TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3 HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History3MF658 Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention1
 12 1 11 7.5
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3MH656A Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response A1.5MF717 Supervised Clinical Experience III3 
MF716 Supervised Clinical Experience II3 MF785C Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar C0.5 
MF785B Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar B0.5   
 6.5 1.5 3.5 
Total Credits: 65
1

MF500 is a prerequisite for those without an undergraduate/graduate introductory course in counseling/psychotherapy theory and techniques; credits do not apply toward the M.A.M.F.T

4 Year Completion

First Year
FallCredits SpringCreditsSummerCredits
Principles of Counseling MF635 Individual Development, Aging and Family Life Cycle3MF636 Dynamics of Family Process1.5
MF625 Theories of Marital and Family Therapy I3 BI510 Hermeneutics3MF666 Sexuality and Intimacy in Couples and Families1.5
SP002 Formation Assessments0   
 3  6 3
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF627 Research Design and Evaluation3MF657 Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention1MF626 Theories of Marital and Family Therapy II1.5TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3 MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MF629 Community Mental Health3
TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3 MH627A Group Psychotherapy A1.5MF658 Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention1
 9 1 6 7
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF665 Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture3MF656 Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention1MF647 Psychopharmacology and MFT2MF715 Supervised Clinical Experience I3
NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3 MF645 Psychological Assessment3MF785A Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar A0.5
  HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History3 
 6 1 8 3.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3MH656A Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response A1.5MF717 Supervised Clinical Experience III3 
MF716 Supervised Clinical Experience II3 MF785C Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar C0.5 
MF785B Marital and Family Therapy Senior Integrative Seminar B0.5   
 6.5 1.5 3.5 
Total Credits: 65
1

MF500 is a prerequisite for those without an undergraduate/graduate introductory course in counseling/psychotherapy theory and techniques; credits do not apply toward the M.A.M.F.T