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M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

Help people discover healthy coping strategies that lead to life transformation. Including your own.

Marital and family therapists use their training, skills, wisdom, and compassion for others to help people resolve conflict, work through interpersonal issues, and overcome mental and emotional disorders. Bethel’s M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy prepares students for licensure in a career focused on helping people discover healthy coping strategies to deal with life’s complex issues. Here, you’ll discover the many ways to lead people to life transformation—including your own. You’ll learn more about yourself and deepen your faith as you gain expertise in clinical practice and theory in combination with Christian theology. You’ll be ready to earn your license and provide holistic therapy to those in need of hope.

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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 is COAMFTE accredited and fulfills the requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in most states. 

Delivery Online
Location St. Paul
Credits 67
Tuition per Credit $508
Estimated Total Tuition $34,036*

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

Committed to diversity, social justice, and faith

Our Marital and Family Therapy program produces highly regarded graduates who make a difference in the world and inspire others to do the same. What sets us apart?

  • We’re committed to developing culture competency. You’ll study and understand the issues and challenges of people from all backgrounds.
  • We’re committed to social justice. This emphasis informs how we teach therapy and ministry.
  • We integrate Christian theology and clinical practice. You’ll be equipped to treat others with dignity, respect, and empathy as you guide them to a place of hope and restoration.
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Program Highlights

Instruction and supervision by scholar-practitioners

Our professors are scholar-practitioners who contribute to the field through teaching, writing, and research. Many of them also maintain clinical practices serving individuals, couples, and families.

Support for personal, theoretical, and spiritual integration

Our goal is to prepare therapists whose practice reflects increasing congruence between their personal stories and values, their theoretical and theological commitments, and their clinical experiences.

Preparation for competent, ethical practice in any setting

As part of a seminary community, our students engage in biblical and theological study along with their preparation for couples and family therapy work. Our graduates reflect God’s compassion and light as they partner with Him to bring transformation to individuals and relationships in any setting.

An emphasis on the self of the therapist

We pay particular attention to the development of the therapist as a whole and holy person. Courses are structured to support student interaction and accountability.

Preparation for competent, ethical practice in any setting

The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy provides the background to conduct effective couples and family therapy in clinics, counseling practices, nonprofits, churches, community mental health agencies, on the mission field, or in other settings that require relationship and family expertise.

Skills

Learn how to:

  • Diagnose and treat mental health issues
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders including insurance companies, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals
  • Apply therapeutic strategies to address developmental issues
  • Understand how theology applies to couples and family therapy
  • Care for families from all cultures and backgrounds
  • Understand your own family dynamics and how they affect your life today

Careers

Our graduates work as:

  • Marital and family therapists
  • Directors of children’s and family ministry
  • School-based therapists
  • Church family ministry specialists
  • Case managers
  • Missionary pastoral care/coaches
  • Private practitioners

Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) has granted accreditation to the Bethel Seminary Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) program. Programs accredited by COAMFTE have completed a multi-year application and review process to demonstrate their compliance with COAMFTE standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the standards. Bethel Marital and Family Therapy program has been nationally accredited since 2009.  

View our COAMFTE Student Achievement Data; our diversity of faculty, supervisors, and students; and our student handbook.

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