M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy
Online/Hybrid & Campus-Based Programs
Western Seminary - San Jose
1000 South Park Victoria Dr.
Milpitas, CA 95035
Western Seminary - Sacramento
290 Technology Way, Ste. 200
Rocklin, CA 95765
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.
Length of Program
The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy degree may be completed in three years’ time by enrolling in mid-week evening and weekend courses at our San Jose and Sacramento campuses. Students may also complete up to 24 credits of online courses through the Western Seminary Online campus. This flexible schedule allow MFT students to minimize travel time and maintain their family, church, and work commitments.
Courses are held at convenient times for working adults. The M.A.-MFT program is designed to be completed within three years. Courses have been strategically sequenced to maximize academic achievement, personal growth, and the integration of counseling and theology.
Of the 73 credit hours required for the M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy program, a minimum of 48 credit hours must be completed through coursework at Western Seminary, with a minimum of 40 credit hours taken in resident study at Western Seminary’s Sacramento or San Jose campus.
Year-round. Students can begin their studies in either fall, spring, or summer terms.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Since this program is offered at a seminary, it requires biblical and theological studies in order to assist students as they integrate a Christian worldview with their counseling preparation.
Our classes are designed to help students integrate Christian Scripture and worldview with the latest psychological principals and techniques. We provide a Gospel-centered version of traditional counseling that trains students to help counselees explore areas of personal hurt and struggle so that the transformational love of Christ can shine through to every area of their lives.
Entering Class Size
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
325 hours of clinical experience at an approved site with a qualified supervisor. (These 325 hours include a minimum of 225 hours of face-to-face experience counseling individuals, couples, families and/or groups; 45 hours of clinical supervision; 20 hours of personal therapy with a licensed MFT, LCSW, LPCC, or psychologist - the remaining hours may be client-centered advocacy, workshops, trainings, etc.).
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
You will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of personal counseling as part of your preparation for counseling others.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Exit interview and comprehensive exam
Early Deadline: October 16
Final Deadline: November 13
Early Deadline: February 12, 2018
Final Deadline: March 12
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
If the Seminary Admission Committee finds the all other aspects of your application to be strong, you may be admitted provisionally under another program status that would allow you to earn that required GPA over a certain number of graded credits. This opportunity would allow you to demonstrate your readiness to begin graduate studies. Assuming you are able to do so, you will be able to fully enter your program of choice.
Entering M.A.-MFT students are expected to bring a foundational knowledge of psychology. Proficiency in this foundational knowledge will be confirmed through a readiness exam required of all admitted students who intend to pursue a counseling degree. If deficiencies are indicated, remedial work will be required during the first semester of study.
We ask for you to submit four recommendations forms as part of the application process, and these forms may be distributed electronically during the online application process or by paper, if you choose. At least one of these should be from a pastor, elder, or ministry leader who represents the church where you have membership or active participation.
We would encourage you to select three additional references that represent different parts of your life. If you are in school or have recently graduated, we recommend that another form should come from one of your professors. If you have not attended school for
many years, you can substitute a reference from an employer or business associate. References may not be relatives, such as a parent or parent-in-law, brother-in-law, etc.
Applications must give evidence of a vital spiritual life, personal character, interpersonal relationships, goals, motivation, and potential for future counseling work. Additional evidence will include growing and nurturing relationships with people, commitment to a biblical/theological orientation to the therapeutic process, and vocational aspirations involving the care and nurture of others
(see program website for complete application requirements)
M.A. in Counseling and M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy applicants must complete an on-campus interview prior to the application deadline
(Reprinted from program website.)
The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) is a professional graduate degree that equips counselors to offer concern and care for the whole person. It prepares you to excel in counseling in private practice, church, agency, or school settings. As with most counseling degrees, this program offers skill-based coursework and practicum experience. You will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of personal counseling as part of your preparation for counseling others. Since this program is offered at a seminary, it requires biblical and theological studies in order to assist students as they integrate a Christian worldview with their counseling preparation. While the curriculum satisfies California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), it also allows you the flexibility to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in and beyond California.