M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary

Marriage and Family Therapy Program

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With a marriage and family therapy degree, you’ll help others find hope for today—and wholeness that lasts a lifetime.

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Transformation starts here. In Bethel's M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program, you’ll prepare to become an effective therapist who treats patients with skill and compassion. In addition to gaining a strong understanding of the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, you’ll learn to utilize a relational approach and partner with patients in the healing process. With the expertise you develop, you’ll be prepared to help clients resolve conflicts, strengthen their family system, and journey toward a place of restoration and hope.

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In Bethel’s M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program, you’ll gain expertise in clinical practice and theory—in combination with Christian theology—so that you’re ready to earn your license and provide holistic therapy in diverse settings.

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Program Highlights

Expert faculty

You’ll work with experienced and passionate scholar-practitioners, all of whom maintain their own clinical practice and have a commitment to social justice.

Meaningful self-development

Through peer and faculty relationships, classroom interactions, and coursework, you’ll be supported and challenged to become a more whole and holy person.

Personalized clinical practice

You’ll learn to infuse your work with your life experience, ethical commitments, and theoretical and theological frameworks.

Practical application

You’ll be prepared to join in God’s restorative work to transform lives and relationships—no matter where you’re called.

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M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

At Bethel, you’ll expand your cultural intelligence so that you’re prepared to address the issues and challenges of people from all backgrounds. Our M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program is also deeply committed to social justice, which informs how we teach therapy and ministry. With these values—and a strong integration of Christian spirituality with clinical theory —you’ll be equipped with the skills to treat others with dignity, empathy, and respect.


Bethel students have received the annual MN Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Outstanding Student Award since 2001


best marriage and family therapy program nationwide

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Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a marriage and family therapy degree?

The M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program will provide you with the foundation 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.


You'll learn how to:

  • Diagnose and treat mental health issues
  • Apply family systems theory
  • Collaborate care with insurance companies, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals
  • Understand how theology applies to couples and family therapy
  • Care for families from all cultures and walks of life
  • Understand your own family dynamics and how they affect your life
  • Identify individual and relational problems or unhealthy relationships
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research


Our graduates work as:

  • Marriage 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


Our graduates work at places like:

  • Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
  • Nystrom and Associates
  • Family Innovations, Inc.
  • Minnesota Renewal Center
  • David Hoy and Associates
  • Counseling Care
  • Bridging Hope
  • Neighborhood Involvement Program
  • Birch Lake Counseling
  • Volunteers of America
  • Private practice
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