Overview

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program is designed for persons who would like to work as a licensed marriage and family therapist in a variety of settings. This degree program also prepares students for doctoral studies in marriage and family.

Necessary for the completion of the program are: participation in required formation assessments and activities; satisfactory completion of the practicum readiness process; a 380 clinical hour (300 client hours and 80 supervision hours), nine to twelve-month practicum during the final academic year; and completion of a senior integrative project. In addition to maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher (C average), Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy students are required to hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (B average) in their required marriage and family courses to graduate.

In addition to the regular seminary admission requirements, a student applying for this program will need at least 9 semester hours in the behavioral health sciences; one course in basic micro-counseling skills that includes an experiential, recorded role-play component with feedback from the instructor; 100 hours of volunteer work and/or professional work experience with individuals, couples, and/or families; and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. In addition to regular seminary application materials, applicants to this program will need two references from supervisors of volunteer and/or professional work experience; a personal profile; and a 1,500-2,000 word paper discussing personal family experience. A group interview is also required of all qualified applicants.

Coursework meets the academic requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Minnesota.  Additional supervised clinical practice and the passing of a licensing examination would typically be needed to obtain actual licensure in most states.

A Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy is offered in San Diego, incorporating distinctives necessary for California licensure. For further information, see the Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy program page.

Campus and Delivery

St. Paul: Face to Face


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Paul

Core Requirements
Take 12 credits of Biblical Theological Foundation Core Courses. Follow instructions below:12
At least 3 credits of Bible courses from the following:
Hermeneutics 2
The Bible and the Interpreter
Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story
New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation
New Testament: Exegetical Explorations
Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story
Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings
Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations
At least 3 credits of Theology courses from the following:
Systematic Theology I: God the Creator
Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer
Christian Social Ethics
Theology & Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar
Other optional core courses
Church History Survey
Christian Lives and Spirituality in History
Degree Specific Requirements
MF611Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies3
MF612Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture3
MF613Dynamics of Family Interaction: Sexuality, Spirituality and Socialization3
MF621Individual Development Within the Family3
MF622Individual and Family Psychopathology I3
MF623Individual and Family Psychopathology II3
MF624Challenges over the Family Life Cycle3
MF631Professional and Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy3
MF641Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy3
MF642Couple and Family Assessment3
MF643Advanced Clinical Issues3
MF651Research Design & Evaluation in Marriage & Family Therapy3
MF711Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF712Supervised Clinical Experience II3
SP556Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions I0.5
SP557Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions II0.5
SP656Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community I0.5
SP657Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community II0.5
SP756Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration I0.5
SP757Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration II0.5
Other Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
MF780Senior Integrative Seminar: Worldview, Ethics, and Practice3
SP004Formation Assessments (MFT)0
Total Credits60
1

Not all courses listed may be available by campus or delivery option.

2

 BT510 Hermeneutics is a pre-requisite for all NT and OT courses.

A minimum of 60 semester credits is required for graduation from the M.A.M.F.T. program.  The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements. 

MF500 Principles of Counseling is a required prerequisite for students entering the program without an undergraduate/graduate degree in counseling or (in San Diego) a related discipline or without an introductory psychotherapy theory and technique course.
 

Academic Plans

The academic plans listed below serve as examples of what an academic plan for completing the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in either 3 or 4 years 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. 

3 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Principles of CounselingMF613 Dynamics of Family Interaction: Sexuality, Spirituality and Socialization3MF631 Professional and Ethical Issues in Marriage Family Therapy3
MF611 Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies3MF641 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy3 
MF612 Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture3BTF Core Course 3 
SP004 Formation Assessments (MFT)0SP557 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions II0.5 
BTF Core Course 3  
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0  
SP556 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions I0.5  
 9.5 9.5 3
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF621 Individual Development Within the Family3MF642 Couple and Family Assessment3MF651 Research Design Evaluation in Marriage Family Therapy3
MF622 Individual and Family Psychopathology I3MF623 Individual and Family Psychopathology II3 
BTF Core Course 3BTF Core Course 3 
SP656 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community I0.5SP657 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community II0.5 
 9.5 9.5 3
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
MF643 Advanced Clinical Issues3MF624 Challenges over the Family Life Cycle3 
MF711 Supervised Clinical Experience I3MF780 Senior Integrative Seminar: Worldview, Ethics, and Practice3 
SP756 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration I0.5MF712 Supervised Clinical Experience II3 
 SP757 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration II0.5 
 6.5 9.5 
Total Credits: 60
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 Academic Plan

Traditional

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
Principles of CounselingMF613 Dynamics of Family Interaction: Sexuality, Spirituality and Socialization3 
MF611 Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies3MF641 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy3 
BTF Core Course 3BTF Core Course 3 
SP556 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions I0.5SP557 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions II0.5 
SP004 Formation Assessments (MFT)0  
GS001 Graduate Research Seminar0  
 6.5 9.5 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF621 Individual Development Within the Family3MF642 Couple and Family Assessment3MF631 Professional and Ethical Issues in Marriage Family Therapy3
MF612 Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture3MF624 Challenges over the Family Life Cycle3 
SP656 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community I0.5SP657 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community II0.5 
 6.5 6.5 3
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF622 Individual and Family Psychopathology I3MF623 Individual and Family Psychopathology II3MF651 Research Design Evaluation in Marriage Family Therapy3
BTF Core Course 3BTF Core Course 3 
SP756 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration I0.5SP757 Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration II0.5 
 6.5 6.5 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
MF643 Advanced Clinical Issues3MF780 Senior Integrative Seminar: Worldview, Ethics, and Practice3 
MF711 Supervised Clinical Experience I3MF712 Supervised Clinical Experience II3 
 6 6 
Total Credits: 60
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