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.

Now offered at our Visalia Center!

Unique Features

  • 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.

Our Graduates

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.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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

For additional admission information, please view our admissions page or contact Alma Avila, the MFT program representative, at 559-453-2314 or

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**

*if any pre-reqs are not completed, students can still be admitted to the seminary under our Certificate of Congregational Care, while they are completing pre-reqs. Upon completion they may apply or re-apply to the MFT


**Please refer to our list of approved organizations.

Further Info

Cost: $465 per unit (Financial aid is available.)

Units: 65

Post-Graduation Requirements for Licensure in California:

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  • 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

MFT Handbook