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. Completion of this degree program also prepares students for doctoral studies in this field.

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 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 additional 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 may also occur by invitation only.

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: 112
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
MF 611Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies3
MF 612Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture3
MF 613Dynamics of Family Interaction: Sexuality, Spirituality and Socialization3
MF 621Individual Development Within the Family3
MF 622Individual and Family Psychopathology I3
MF 623Individual and Family Psychopathology II3
MF 624Challenges over the Family Life Cycle3
MF 631Professional and Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy3
MF 641Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy3
MF 642Couple and Family Assessment3
MF 643Advanced Clinical Issues3
MF 651Research Design & Evaluation in Marriage & Family Therapy3
MF 711Supervised Clinical Experience I3
MF 712Supervised Clinical Experience II3
SP 556Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions I0.5
SP 557Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions II0.5
SP 656Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community I0.5
SP 657Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community II0.5
SP 756Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration I0.5
SP 757Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration II0.5
Other Requirements
GS 001Graduate Research Seminar0
MF 780Senior Integrative Seminar: Worldview, Ethics, and Practice3
SP 004Formation Assessments (MFT)0
Total Credits60

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 (in San Diego) or a related discipline or without an introductory psychotherapy theory and technique course.