Please note: Admission is selective, and candidates are evaluated on their individual merits. Strong applications will demonstrate knowledge of the profession, experience that indicates an understanding of the strengths and challenges of being in the helping profession, and an appreciation of diversity.
Accepted students may petition to transfer up to 24 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. All work toward a degree from Seattle University must be completed within six years. This time limit includes transfer credit.
In the second year, students begin the clinical sequence. This 18-month internship provides experience and training in couples and family therapy. Students must accrue 500 clinical hours, including 200 relational hours (seeing couples, families, and a variety of relationship forms). Students will be at a clinical site 14-18 hours per week for face-to-face client contact, supervision, and other onsite clinical work. Students secured placements throughout the Puget Sound area.
In addition to the onsite experience, students participate in weekly three-hour faculty-led group supervision with an AAMFT approved supervisor. The program ensures supervisor sufficiency for students to receive quality feedback regarding their clinical services.
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.
Clinical students are required to become members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT, view here).
One of the many benefits of attending a COAMFTE accredited program is that it simplifies the post-graduation licensure application in many states. COAMFTE accredited program graduates meet the education requirements for Washington State licensure. In Washington, graduates can count the 500 clinical hours earned in the program towards the 3,000 hours required to become fully licensed. 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). Some of the supervision provided in the MACFT program counts towards this requirement.
In addition to the 3,000 hour supervised clinical experience, LMFTAs must pass the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) Exam. Students in the program take the AMFTRB practice exam as part of course requirements. Of the graduates who have taken the exam, 100% passed on the first attempt.
Requirements to achieve full licensure typically take two to four years to complete. Licensure laws vary by state. Please check the state in which you plan to be licensed to see if our educational requirements are a match. Comparison chart for state licensure available here.
Students are taught by licensed marriage and family therapists and AAMFT approved supervisors. Many instructors have their own clinical practice. They bring a wealth of real world experience into their classes.
Faculty are active in state, national, and international professional organizations. They have strong publication records, and have been recognized as recipients of state and national awards. They care deeply for both their students and the profession. Click here for a full list of STM faculty.
The MACFT program values and prioritizes Seattle University’s core value of diversity. Click here for Seattle University’s anti-discrimination statement. Seattle University and MACFT promote a climate of safety. The MACFT program conducts a bi-yearly assessment of our environments of learning and growth in order to facilitate open communication and collaboration between faculty and students.
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. And 25% did not report ethnicity.
Faculty: Of our current clinical faculty (those teaching required courses excluding 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.