"Our students want to empower others. They want to transform lives. They want to show God's mercy and his healing for those that feel alienated from God and from one another." - Cynthia McGrady, Ph.D.
Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Understanding the relationship between the spiritual and the psychological is essential for today's pastors and therapists. Our combination of M.Div. and MFT classroom education with supervised ministry experience and a counseling practicum prepares students to meet this demand. Students are fully prepared for the California marriage and family therapy licensure exams.*
- Combines counseling and ministry.
- Small class sizes create personal relationships between students and faculty.
- Vast range of education and preparedness.
Graduates with this dual degree will have twice the opportunities upon graduation. They will be the ideal candidate to create and run a counseling center in a church or faith-based non-profit organization—a position becoming more and more popular. Graduates can also serve in a variety of ministries and clinical settings such as a lead or executive pastor; licensed therapist in private practice, a hospital or a mental health clinic; military, fire, police or hospital chaplain; or as a church planter. Our graduates are capable of providing mental health services and leading ministry at all levels.
The following courses are part of this program. Please speak with an admissions counselor for specific course information.
- The Church and God's Mission in the World (BIB 720)
- Biblical Interpretation I (BIB 725)
- Professional Ethics in Counseling I (COUN 720)
- Professional Ethics in Counseling II (COUN 722)
- Interpersonal Communication (COUN 724)
- Human Development (COUN 726)
- Family Violence (COUN 728)
- Clinical Assessment (COUN 730)
- Cross-Cultural Counseling: Los Angeles (COUN 750A)
- Cross-Cultural Counseling: Fresno (COUN 750B)
- Cross-Cultural Counseling: International (COUN 750C)
- History of Christianity (HIST 712)
- Mentoring/Connecting (MIN 705)
- Christian Thought (THEO 705)
- Elementary Greek I (BIB 710)
- Elementary Greek II (NT.511X)
- Elementary Hebrew I (BIB 715)
- Elementary Hebrew II (BIB 716)
- Biblical Theology I (BIB 750)
- Biblical Theology II (BIB 752)
- Counseling Children (COUN 736)
- Person, Family and Culture (COUN 738)
- Psychopathology (COUN 740)
- Spiritual Formation (MIN 710)
- Personal Evangelism (MIN 720)
- Discipleship and Ethics (THEO 730)
- Intermediate Greek Exegesis (BIB 712)
- Intermediate Hebrew Exegesis (BIB 717)
- Counseling Families (COUN 734)
- Research, Testing & Family Assessment (COUN 744)
- Counseling Individuals and Couples: Postmodern Theories
- Human Sexuality (COUN 752)
- Trainee/Practicum Assessment (COUN 764)
- Supervised Ministry Experience I (MIN 793A)
- Supervised Ministry Experience II (MIN 793B)
- Supervised Ministry Experience III (MIN 793C)
- Anabaptist M.B. Studies (THEO 715)
- North American Religious History (HIST 718)
- Aging and Long-Term Care (COUN 732)
- HIV/AIDS (COUN 742)
- Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology (COUN 759)
- Substance Abuse (COUN 760)
- Practicum I (COUN 793A)
- Practicum II (COUN 793B)
- Contemporary Biblical Preaching (PM.601)
- Pastoral Care and Counseling (MIN 744)
- Christian Worship (MIN 746)
- Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation (PACS 700)
- Theology for Integration (BIB 760)
- Advanced Family Studies (COUN 790)
- Thesis (COUN 799)
- Pastoral Leadership (MIN 748)
- Supervised Ministry Experience I (MIN 793A)
- Ministry Discernment (MIN 770)
- 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.
After graduation, students interested in CA state licensing* will continue the 3,000 hour internship requirement; once the hours are completed the intern may then apply through the Board of Behavioral Science to take the Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy 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.
The M.Div. degree is the recommended degree for admission to a doctorate of ministry program, and can lead to a Ph.D. Our M.Div. meets full military educational criteria for chaplaincy.