M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy
Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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.
Students may also choose an emphasis in Medical Family Therapy (MedFT) in which they learn to serve families affected by illness and to provide family therapy in medical contexts.
Length of Program
Majority of classes meet during the day
Estimated Total Program Tuition
The distinctiveness of the Marriage and Family Department goes beyond its commitment to excellence in training and scholarship. The faculty believe that the moral context of a Christian seminary is uniquely suited to the training of practitioners and academicians who will be committed to the vitality of family life. In this vein, the task of integrating faith with academic and clinical training is of central importance.
The Marriage and Family faculty view this integration as a life-long process. Coursework is intended to provide a foundation of experience, knowledge and skills, taught from a Christian perspective. Faculty encourage the integration of biblical, theological and philosophical perspectives as they communicate course material that reflects their own integrative efforts. They also seek to challenge students to begin to deal with the full range of human experience, to articulate a coherent system of values and beliefs, and to be agents of healing in the lives of individuals and their family relationships. It is expected that such foundations will guide graduates as they continue to develop in their various vocations as Christian family professionals.
As indicated above, training therapists with a Christian perspective on spiritual, moral, emotional, and relational wholeness, is a central objective of the marriage and family faculty. Therefore, the M.S. degree program requires course work in biblical studies, theology, and integration to equip future therapists with both the conceptual skill necessary to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and the clinical skill necessary to provide integrative perspective in their work with individuals, couples, and families.
Entering Class Size
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
In order to graduate, M.S. MFT students must have a minimum of 300 hours of direct client contact experience, with 150 of these hours devoted exclusively to child, couple, group, or family work. The student must receive a minimum of 60 hours of individual supervision (or 120 hours of group supervision) to maintain the ratio of one unit of supervision for every five hours of client contact. A "unit" of supervision is equivalent to either one hour of individual or two hours of group supervision. Students may also extend their practicum experience to 500 client contact hours to accommodate licensing standards in states other than California.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Although students are not required to enter personal therapy, this is strongly encouraged.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Online application opens: August 1
Application completion deadline: February 15
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
Applicants normally have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate course work.
Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test taken within the past five years.
In exceptional cases, equivalent demonstrations of graduate level aptitude may be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee. Such considerations may include, but are not limited to previous performance in graduate work at institutions accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or another equivalent regional accrediting body. Those seeking such a substitution must petition the admissions committee in advance of the application deadline. Normally, an applicant must have achieved a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average in prior undergraduate and graduate course work for the petition to be considered.
Applicants to the MS MFT should have a minimum of 24 quarter hours or 18 semester hours in the social and behavioral sciences prior to admission. Specifically, in addition to one course in introductory social science research or statistics, a minimum of five courses in social and behavioral sciences must be completed. Coursework in Theories of Personality (or Counseling Theories), Abnormal Psychology, and Lifespan Development (or Developmental Psychology) are strongly recommended, in the order listed. Admission to the program is contingent upon the committee's evaluation of the appropriateness of an applicant's academic preparation.
Statement of Purpose
Four reference forms, one of which must be pastoral and at least one which must be academic.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
The committee selects applicants qualified to engage in graduate work in marital and family therapy or studies, interviewing applicants when appropriate. In general, there is not usually an interview.
(Reprinted from program website.)
Character and Purpose
The master's degree programs of the Department of Marriage and Family at Fuller Seminary's School of Psychology are designed to prepare persons for service in the fields of marital and family therapy, family life education, and marriage and family studies. We seek to offer an educational environment that fosters personal integrity, Christian vision, and professional competence.
The marriage and family program is identified by three characteristics.
The Fuller Tradition.Consistent with the Fuller tradition, the members of the marriage and family faculty are representative of denominational diversity and distinguished service in their particular specialties, and stand united in their evangelical commitment, pursuit of academic excellence, and promotion of social concerns. The heritage of the Fuller tradition provides a solid foundation for developing a redemptive vision for marriages and families.
Redemptive Vision for Families.Each member of the marriage and family faculty is committed to training persons who are capable of addressing the full scope of the contemporary challenge confronting the family and the mental health profession. Moreover, they are committed to graduate training that is undergirded by a redemptive vision for the family. This vision is Christ-centered, and integrates Christian values with the study of marriage and family relationships, through a combined curriculum of theological studies and the social and behavioral sciences. The goal of the faculty is to prepare persons who are thoroughly equipped in theory and in practice to function directly or indirectly as an expression of God's grace in their care of families.
Christian Scholarship.At Fuller, the marriage and family faculty train Christian scholars to express their care and vision through family life education, family studies, and marital and family therapy. The task of developing a redemptive vision requires theological and integrative studies beyond the standard graduate curriculum in family studies and marital and family therapy. Faculty are committed to the importance of research, and give creative leadership to those students who wish to pursue their own research in a master's thesis.