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.*

Unique Features

  • Combines counseling and ministry.
  • Small class sizes create personal relationships between students and faculty.
  • Vast range of education and preparedness.

Our Graduates

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.

Courses

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 seminary.mft@fresno.edu.

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.

Further Info

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.