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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. 


Online with Intensive

You'll complete coursework online, with 1 week of on-campus intensives.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Fall 2020

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

3 years


Students attend one week in residency at Bethel University in St. Paul. An intensive week full of interactive learning, the residency is designed to help students process and understand relational dynamics in group therapy.


Each 3-credit practicum course is 15 weeks in length and consists of a series of assignments that students upload to a Virtual Campus. Students will also accrue direct client hours in their practicum sites, doing approximately 10-12 hours of direct therapy per week. As part of the practicum experience, students will be supervised by a Bethel Seminary Faculty Member and local clinic supervisor on a weekly basis.

Licensure Options

The required coursework in Bethel Seminary’s program meets all academic requirements for licensure as a marital and family therapist in most states. You’ll need additional supervised clinical practice and the passing of a licensing exam to obtain actual licensure.

Bethel University cannot confirm whether courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Students should contact their program's licensing bureau to determine whether Bethel's program meets requirements for licensure in their state.


You’ll complete most of your coursework online, with nine units of practicum requirements constituting a 12-month practicum including 500 face-to-face client contact hours (with 200 of those hours being “relational”) and a minimum of 100 hours of supervision by a qualifies LMFT supervisor. You’ll also attend one week in residency at Bethel University in St. Paul.


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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