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Bethel Seminary

Bethel Seminary


M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Location:

Bethel Seminary - San Diego
6116 Arosa Street
San Diego, CA 92115

(651) 638-6400

Bethel Seminary M.A. in MFT Program Page

Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.

Program Snapshot



Concentrations/Specializations Offered


Length of Program

3-4.5 years


You'll meet for evening classes only at one of our convenient locations.

Program Start 

Fall, Spring

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

Boldly informed and motivated by the Christian faith, Bethel University educates and energizes men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. We prepare graduates to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the Gospel. Our marital and family therapy program combines Christian theology with clinical practice and theory, so you're prepared to provide therapy to couples and families and bring hope to those who are hurting.

Entering Class Size

Data not available

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

A 500-hour, 12-month practicum 

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

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. 

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

During the last year of the program, students will write a major MFT Senior Integrative Project, which must be approved in order to graduate. 

Application Process

Application Deadline

Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application highlights

  • Personal statement
  • Personal Profile Form
  • Three general reference forms (Pastoral, Supervisor/Mentor, Colleague/Friend)
  • Two Professional References
    • These references should come from those who can attest to your interpersonal skills and have seen you work with individuals, couples, and/or families
    • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended post-high school where credit was earned. 
  • Following submission, we ask you complete the Family of Origin Paper, a 1,500-2,000 word supplemental essay discussing your personal family experience.

    • This paper should include reflections on strengths and challenges in your family of origin, the impact of family-of- origin experiences on your adult relationships, and strengths and growth areas in your current significant relationships (with spouse, children, siblings, parents, etc.). This should not be a “family history” but rather a summary of themes you have observed in your family experience, past and present. 

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Yes, on individual basis

Our marital and family therapy program combines Christian theology with clinical practice and theory, so you’re prepared to provide therapy to couples and families and bring hope to those who are hurting.
— Bethel Seminary

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

MFT Program Philosophy

  1. Truth does exist, is able to be found, is knowable, yet not completely knowable. Truth is both revealed and discovered and because all truth is from God and consistent with God, there is a unity of all truth. People can tenaciously believe in the existence of truth, while humbly holding and presenting their perceptions of that truth.

  2. The forgoing proposition forms the basis for meaningful integration of the studies of theology, spirituality, clinical theory and clinical practice which are the broad domains which form the knowledge base upon which our teaching and training is built.

  3. The biopsychosocial-spiritual framework forms the domains and boundaries of our anthropology. From this framework, we seek to understand humankind’s developmental processes, relational patterns (especially in coupling and living in families), and great diversities, including systemic expressions of power, poverty and marginalization.

  4. 4. BSSD’s MFT department has adopted Bethel Seminary’s three centers philosophy. Bethel must offer those preparing for ministry: 1) a strong grounding in Bible, history, and theology; 2) time within the curriculum for credit devoted to character formation; and 3) more effective ways to learn the skills and wisdom of doing transformational leadership (2007-2008 Catalog, p. 20; Appendix F). Our specific adaptation focuses on teaching and training MFT students in: 1) knowing theology and theory; 2) being or becoming more whole and mature; and 3) doing the applied practices of professional marriage and family therapy.