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
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Paul
|Take 12 credits of Biblical Theological Foundation Core Courses. Follow instructions below: 1||12|
At least 3 credits of Bible courses from the following:
|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 611||Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies||3|
|MF 612||Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture||3|
|MF 613||Dynamics of Family Interaction: Sexuality, Spirituality and Socialization||3|
|MF 621||Individual Development Within the Family||3|
|MF 622||Individual and Family Psychopathology I||3|
|MF 623||Individual and Family Psychopathology II||3|
|MF 624||Challenges over the Family Life Cycle||3|
|MF 631||Professional and Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy||3|
|MF 641||Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy||3|
|MF 642||Couple and Family Assessment||3|
|MF 643||Advanced Clinical Issues||3|
|MF 651||Research Design & Evaluation in Marriage & Family Therapy||3|
|MF 711||Supervised Clinical Experience I||3|
|MF 712||Supervised Clinical Experience II||3|
|SP 556||Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions I||0.5|
|SP 557||Spiritual and Personal Formation: Foundations and Traditions II||0.5|
|SP 656||Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community I||0.5|
|SP 657||Spiritual and Personal Formation: Self in Community II||0.5|
|SP 756||Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration I||0.5|
|SP 757||Spiritual and Personal Formation: Moral and Clinical Integration II||0.5|
|GS 001||Graduate Research Seminar||0|
|MF 780||Senior Integrative Seminar: Worldview, Ethics, and Practice||3|
|SP 004||Formation Assessments (MFT)||0|
Not all courses listed may be available by campus or delivery option.
BT 510 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 (in San Diego) or a related discipline or without an introductory psychotherapy theory and technique course.