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School of Theology and Ministry

MACFT Admission Info & Resources

Admission Requirements, MACFT-specific

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in a liberal arts area
  • 3.00 GPA
  • If GPA falls below the required minimum, then the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is required
  • At least 2 years of professional or volunteer experiences in the helping field (e.g., social service, education, or ministry).

Please note: Admission is selective, and candidates are evaluated on their individual merits. 

Application Materials to be submitted 

  • Download the Application Checklist
  • Application forms and fee (apply online, here)
  • Two recommendations with at least one from a person familiar with your religious/spiritual development (Note: Recommendation forms are provided)
  • Official transcripts of all Colleges and Universities previously attended
  • An autobiographical statement, with a focus on understanding of and experience related to Couples and Family Therapy
  • A group interview with MACFT Faculty and the Admissions Committee at the School of Theology and Ministry

Academic Offerings

The MACFT program is designed to meet the education standards to be a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in Washington State. Clinical students are required to become members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT, view here). After graduation, Washington State law requires that people practice therapy under appropriate supervision as part of their post-Master’s training requirements in preparation for full licensure (LMFT, view here). These requirements typically take 2-4 years to complete. In addition to the 3,000 hour supervised clinical experience, you must pass the national MFT examination. Licensure laws vary by state. Please check the state in which you planned to be licensed to see if our educational requirements are a match. State board listings are available here.

All work toward a degree from Seattle University must be completed within six years. This time limit includes transfer credit.

Successful Transfer of Credit

Accepted students may petition to transfer up to 21 graduate credits from a regionally accredited institution. If you have an accredited Master of Divinity degree or other advanced theological degree, we may be able to waive up to 21 theology and elective credits required for the MACFT degree. These credits would be evaluated by the associate dean after admission acceptance.

Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry Policy: Click on School of Theology and Ministry Policy 99-2 on the Seattle University Policy link here to download a PDF.

Clinical Experience 

The clinical sequence provides basic experience and training in spiritually-integrated couples and family therapy. Students will be at a clinical site 14-18 hours per week as they advance through six quarters of training. In addition to face-to-face client contact and other onsite clinical work, students will meet at least one hour a week in individual supervision. In addition to the onsite experience, students participate in weekly three-hour faculty-led group supervision with an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. In order to demonstrate clinical readiness, students are required to pass prerequisite classes and must receive passing grades on their clinical skills’ rubrics. Required clinical orientations provide instruction and resources regarding site placement and clinical expectations (handbook provided). While some of our course offerings are during evenings and weekends, students will need to be available for classes and clinical work during some daytime hours. 

Fees and Charges

Click below to view a break down of the program fees and charges.

MACFT Fees and Charges

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Students: Of our current students, 78% identify as female and 22% identify as male. Our students self identify as 4% Two or More Races, 7% Black, 7% Hispanic, , 11% Asian, 63% White, and 4% did not report ethnicity. Our students represent a variety of faith traditions as well as no faith traditions. 

Supervisors: Of our current supervisors, 70% identify as female and 30% identify as male. Of our supervisors who report ethnicity, 10% self-identify as Asian, and 65% as Caucasian. 25% did not report ethnicity.

Faculty: Of our current clinical faculty (those teaching required courses excluding the theological credits), 64% identify as female and 36% identify as male. Our faculty self-report as: 14% Black, 29% Asian-American, 7% Hispanic, and 43% White.

Core faculty identify as LMFTs and are approved AAMFT supervisors.

For a more in-depth look at how we're structured, click the program organizational chart link below.

MACFT Program Organizational Chart