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M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapy is about providing support. And partnering with clients for positive change.

Bethel’s M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy provides the skills to fulfill your call to strengthen and support individuals, couples, and families. Marital and family therapy students train to pour their lives into listening, caring, and sometimes confronting. Part of our mission is to build your spiritual, emotional, and mental strength so you can use your gifts to bring light to a suffering world.

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M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

Our marital and family therapy program combines Christian theology with clinical practice and theory, so you're prepared to provide therapy to couples and families and bring hope to those who are hurting. This program fulfills the requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in California.

Delivery Evening
Location San Diego
Credits 67
Cost per Credit $498

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

Upcoming Events

DEC 13 2017

MFT/MHC Faculty Luncheon

11:30 a.m. PT TBD

A time of celebration and fellowship for BSSD MFT & MHC Faculty

JAN 26 2018

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Clinical Training: Bridging the Couple Chasm

8:45 a.m. Bethel Seminary San Diego

A two-day training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

JAN 27 2018

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Clinical Training: Bridging the Couple Chasm

8:45 a.m. Bethel Seminary San Diego

A two-day training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Integrating Christian Theology with Clinical Practice

We know that life’s challenges affect us spiritually, emotionally, and physically. That’s why studying couples and family therapy, while integrating a theological perspective, is relevant and vital.  Here, you’ll have the best of both worlds—Christian theology and spirituality along with clinical theory and practice. Treating your clients holistically stimulates healing and fosters hope.

On average, 15-20 hours per week are committed to online programs.

Over 3,600 seminary graduates serving around the world

Program Highlights

Extraordinary Training

Through rich experiences, our program develops multicultural competencies, helps students integrate research into practice and prepares them to pursue a doctoral education.

COAMFTE accreditation

Bethel’s program in San Diego is the only seminary marriage and family therapy program in California accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Bethel Seminary San Diego

BSSD- MFT Program Manual

Licensure preparation

According to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, the program fulfills all academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences Verification Letter - MFT (pdf)

Professional Care

Graduates of Bethel’s marital and family therapy program become counselors and therapists in private, community, and church-based settings, as well as continue on to doctoral programs.


Learn how to:

  • Establish strong therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Know and work within the laws and ethical standards for MFT practice
  • Assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of psychological and relational disorders
  • Identify and support the strengths and resilience of individuals and families
  • Adapt therapeutic approaches to a wide range of client diversity
  • Understand the effects of long-term mental illness and persistent poverty
  • Work collaboratively with a wide range of mental health and ministry professionals


Our graduates work in places like:

  • Private practices
  • Community mental health centers and clinics
  • Government- and private-funded agencies
  • Behavioral health hospitals and units
  • Church-based therapy centers
  • Pastoral ministries to individuals and families
  • Public and private preK-12 schools and universities
  • Missionary, pastoral, and denominational care

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