The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy is a professional graduate degree that prepares
Christian counselors to bring concern and care for the whole person through practice
in church, non-profit, clinical, or school settings. The program includes skill-based
coursework, practicum experiences, as well as a requirement to complete your own personal therapy.
While the curriculum satisfies Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT) requirements in the
State of California, it is also designed to allow graduates the flexibility to obtain licensure
as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
What makes the Western Seminary
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy unique?
- Complete integration of Christian Scriptures and worldview with the latest psychological principals
- Students spend three semesters in supervised counseling practicum, bringing care
and healing to actual clients
- Complete 30 hours of personal therapy for your own personal and spiritual growth, experiencing
first-hand the impact of therapy
- An Addiction Studies Certificate track prepares students for certification by the
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (available at the San
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy Curriculum
View courses and course descriptions
The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy may be completed in three years’ time through conventional mid-week evening and weekend courses. Students who live at a distance may also complete up to 24 credits of online courses through the Western Seminary Online campus. These scheduling solutions allow students to minimize travel to campus and maintain their family, church and work commitments.
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A foundational knowledge of psychology
- A completed application for admission
and all admissions materials
If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment
counselor to explore alternative admission options.
“Western's MFT program not only teaches the science and tools
practicing psychotherapy, but supports this education with biblical and theological courses that
nurture the soul. The seminary education is an invaluable foundation and a lifeline for Christians
into the counseling field. ”