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 serving 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 of origin experiences. A group interview will 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 licensing examinations would typically be needed to obtain actual licensure in most states.
Campus and Delivery
St. Paul: Face to Face and Partially Online
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Paul
|Seminary Core Requirements|
|NT 508||Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story||1.5|
|OT 508||Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story||1.5|
|TS 512||Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|TS 513||Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3|
|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 006||Graduate Research Seminar||0|
|MF 780||Senior Integrative Seminar: Worldview, Ethics, and Practice||3|
|SP 004||Formation Assessments (MFT)||0|
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.