Marriage and Family Therapy - Seattle Pacific University

Marriage & Family Therapy
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Ave. W., Ste. 107
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-281-2918
Fax: 206-281-2695

Prospective Students: Course Info

Course Descriptions

Marriage and Family Therapy - ClassroomSPU's MFT students are trained through academic coursework and supervised clinical practice in a seven-quarter practicum sequence. We also focus on two distinct areas:

Self of the therapist. Courses focus on the development this through the integration of theory, research, and practice — all within social-ecological and systemic perspectives, guided by Christian principles.

Moral-Values-Spiritual dimension. Courses emphasize students’ understanding of the moral-values-spiritual dimensions of their lives and how these interact with their clients’ lives.

View the latest course descriptions in our Graduate Catalog.

Course Sequences

Active status. Students are expected to complete 24 credit hours per year to maintain active status in the program. Exceptions are to be approved by the director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Degree-completion options. The MFT master’s degree can be completed in either a two-year (full-time) or three-year (part-time) sequence. In exceptional circumstances, students have up to four years to complete degree requirements. Here are examples of program plans:


MDFT Certificate. Learn skills to provide psychosocial and spiritual services to those suffering with chronic illness. A certificate in medical family therapy (MDFT) will help open the doors in integrated health care.

The MDFT certificate can be earned during or after completion of the MFT program. Learn more at the MDFT website.

Time Schedule

During autumn, winter, spring, and summer quarters, courses typically meet:

  • First Year: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Second Year: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00–8:30 p.m.

Check our course offerings for a complete list of courses and times.

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