Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy

This degree program is one of only a few seminary-based programs in the United States.

Louisville Seminary’s MAMFT program trains individuals with theological and spiritual commitments to become marriage and family therapists competent to practice in a diverse, multicultural and interfaith world. Those trained in the MAMFT program gain theoretical and practical tools to work as comprehensive mental health professionals in a broad range of treatment contexts with careful attention to relational systems and human diversity. Most graduates become licensed marriage and family therapists working in private practice, agencies or churches. Others choose a dual-degree option (MAMFT/MDiv) that leads to ordination as a minister who is trained—and most often licensed—as a marriage and family therapist.

The MAMFT degree requires 70 semester hours of course work and 500 hours of supervised clinical practice. This academic and clinical focus is designed to help students form a professional identity grounded in marriage and family therapy and informed by theological, religious and spiritual studies. Clinical experience is obtained by serving at the program's primary site, Louisville Seminary Counseling Center, and secondary off-campus practicum sites. Graduates meet requirements for a marriage and family therapy license in most states and certification as a pastoral counselor by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Program Statistics:

* Graduation rates for program’s Advertised Length of Completion.
**This is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed within 3 years of their graduation utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program.

MAMFT Program Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission. Personal experience, maturity, sense of ministry, and aptitude, as demonstrated during an interview process, also are considered for admission. Advanced standing may be given for previous graduate degrees in selected fields. Consistent with the program's mission to train marriage and family therapists who are competent to practice in a multicultural and interfaith world, students entering the MAMFT Program embody a range of differences in religious and educational background, ethnic and racial identity, gender, and sexual orientation.

To qualify for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:
• Satisfactory completion of all academic courses required by the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.
• Successful demonstration of clinical competencies and completion of clinical experience including a minimum of 500 supervised hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of clinical supervision.
• Active participation in Interdisciplinary Case Conference from entry semester through semester of graduation.
• Successful preparation and defense of a “Senior Integration Experience.”
• Completion of the MFT Exit Examination with a passing score.
• Appropriate administrative management of the discharge or transfer of all client.

MAMFT Program Outcomes, Student Learning Outcomes and Faculty Outcomes

Expected Program Outcomes, Student Learning Outcomes and Faculty Outcomes for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Louisville Seminary are as follows:

  1. To graduate students prepared to provide individual, couple and family therapy as entry-level professional MFT practitioners (KY Marriage and Family Therapy Associate).
  2. To graduate students who demonstrate multicultural competence and are able to provide individual, couple and family therapy with diverse clients.
  3. To graduate students with an entry-level professional ability to reflect theologically on their clinical practice and the theories that inform their work.
  1. Graduating students will be able to conduct multicultural, evidence-based therapy with individuals, couples and families that meets entry-level professional standards.
  2. Graduating students will demonstrate a broad knowledge of systemic theory and MFT treatment models and flexibly apply these in evidence-based practice.
  3. Graduating students will be able to think ethically and make appropriate clinical ethical decisions.
  4. Graduating students will be able to use a multicultural approach to Marriage and Family Therapy that attends appropriately to religious, cultural, racial, economic, gender, and sexual orientation diversity in client systems, client-therapist systems, supervisory systems, and broader social systems.
  5. Graduating students will be able to use a theologically informed and clinically appropriate framework to integrate religious and spiritual factors into the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy.
  1. Faculty will engage in professional marriage and family therapy activities that enrich student learning.
  2. Faculty will demonstrate evidence of scholarship and pedagogical excellence in areas in which they teach.
  3. Faculty will demonstrate consistent attention to cultural diversity and multicultural pedagogical practices.

MAMFT Core and Elective Syllabi Samples

Following are sample syllabi of core and elective courses for Louisville Seminary's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program. Please note that these documents are subject to change.

PC 302 Family Assessments
PC 303 Couples Therapy: Theory & Practice
PC 304 Family Therapy: Theory & Practice
PC 305 Professional Issues and Ethics in MFT
PC 307 Sexuality & Pastoral Practice
PC 308 Theories of Change
PC 322 Psychopathology & Pastoral Practice
PC 381 Marriage and Family Therapy Research
PC 408 Human Growth and Transformation
PT 317 Gender, Race & Class in Pastoral Practice

PC 221 Group Dynamics in MFT & Congregation
PC 223 Pastoral Care in Abusive Family Systems
PC 243 Assessment & Treatment of Chemical Dependency
PC 312 Brief Counseling in Congregations
PC 313 Divorced and Remarried Families
PC 316 Therapeutic Care of Children
PC 323 Assessment and Treatment of Trauma