Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT)
The master of arts in marriage and family therapy (MFT) prepares therapists with the knowledge, skill and insight to practice counseling in a clinical setting. Integrating theology, theory, personal formation and professional practice, this program is ideal for any student desiring to help in the healing process of those who have experienced hurt, pain and hardship in life. The program prepares students and covers the content areas required for the California marriage and family therapy licensure exams.
This program may be combined with the master of divinity degree or with the PPS credential. Please check with the Seminary Admissions Office for details.
Our MFT degree prepares graduates for California licensure* as a therapist and equips them to provide mental health services at all levels. Graduates serve as therapists in private counseling centers, their own private practices and county mental health facilities among other places.
After graduation, students will continue the 3,000 hour internship requirement for California state licensing. Once the hours are completed, the intern may then apply through the Board of Behavioral Sciences to take the Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy (LMFT) exam.
*While our MFT degree prepares students primarily for licensure within California, we can easily accommodate a student who wishes to pursue licensure outside of California after graduation.
Our traditional MFT student graduates within three or four years of full-time coursework (9 units per semester or more). However, many students choose to enroll part time and stretch out their completion of the MFT due to its rigorous nature. After acceptance to FPBS, students meet one-on-one with their advisor to map out a degree plan which details the length of time until their graduation. This plan is based on the individual needs of the student.
The following courses are part of this program. Please speak with an admissions counselor for specific course information.
- Biblical Interpretation I (BIB 725)
- Theology for Integration (BIB 760)
- The Church and God's Mission in the World (BIB 720)
- Christian Thought (THEO 705)
- Introduction to Counseling (COUN 710)
- Professional Ethics in Counseling I (COUN 720)
- Professional Ethics in Counseling II (COUN 722)
- Human Development (COUN 726)
- Family Violence (COUN 728)
- Clinical Assessment (COUN 730)
- Aging and Long-Term Care (COUN 732)
- Counseling Families (COUN 734)
- Counseling Children (COUN 736)
- Psychopathology (COUN 740)
- HIV/AIDS (COUN 742)
- Research, Testing & Family Assessment (COUN 744)
- Counseling Individuals and Couples I
- Counseling Individuals and Couples II (COUN 748)
- Trainee/Practicum Assessment (COUN 764)
- Human Sexuality (COUN 752)
- Practicum I (COUN 793A)
- Practicum II (COUN 793B)
- Substance Abuse (COUN 760)
- Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology (COUN 759)
- Group Counseling (COUN 754)
- Grief Counseling (COUN 756)
- Mentoring/Connecting (MIN 705)
- Cross-Cultural Counseling: Los Angeles (COUN 750A)
- Cross-Cultural Counseling: Fresno (COUN 750B)
- Cross-Cultural Counseling: International (COUN 750C)
- Interpersonal Communication (COUN 724)
- Discipleship and Ethics (THEO 730)
- Person, Family and Culture (COUN 738)
- Advanced Family Studies (COUN 790)
- Thesis (COUN 799)
- Ministry Discernment (MIN 770)
- Practicum III (COUN 793C)
- Counseling Sexual Addictions (COUN 765)
- Speaking the Unspeakable: Psychological and Theological Approaches to Trauma
- Small class sizes create personal relationships between students and faculty.
- Christian beliefs are integrated with academic coursework.
- Faculty bring a broad range of clinical experience and assist students toward a fitting practicum placement.
- Convienent schedule for working adults now offered at our Visalia Center.
- Commitment to and desire for Christian ministry and service
- Application form and fee
- Official transcript of BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university (minimum 3.0 GPA*)
- GRE results
- Personal profile statement and short answer questions
- Three references
- Writing sample from undergraduate education
*2.5 GPA may be considered under special circumstances
Prerequisites for the MFT Program
Prerequisite undergraduate psychology courses completed at an accredited institution*:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
- Human, Child or Adolescent Development
- One additional elective psychology course
- 50 hours of face-to-face counseling with regular supervision by a qualified supervisor (i.e. volunteering on a telephone hotline, volunteering at a substance abuse recovery program or volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center**)
*These courses must be completed within one calendar year of starting courses within the MFT program. We highly advise completing them before or within the first semester of enrollment. Students will be unable to register for MFT courses if these prerequisite courses are not completed within the allotted time.
**Contact the Seminary Admissions Office for a list of additional counseling roles that may fill this requirement.
Cost: $445 per unit (Financial aid is available.)
Post-Graduation Requirements for Licensure in California:
(See www.bbs.ca.gov for more information.)
- 3,000 hours of supervised work experience (including hours gained during practicum)
- 104 weeks of supervision
- After completing the hours, students must complete the MFT Standard Written Examination and the MFT Written Clinical Vignette Examination