Dual Degree: MFT and Theology

If you sense a call to both ministry and delivery of professional mental health counseling services, consider the dual-degree programs in Seattle Pacific University's Marriage and Family Therapy program and the Seattle Pacific Seminary.

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If you want the foundational education and skills to pursue licensure as a marriage and family therapist, our master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy meets this need. Aligned with this program, you can also complete another master’s from the School of Theology in Christian Studies (MAT-CS) or Divinity (MDiv).

These dual-degree sequences shorten the time required to complete the programs separately and offer opportunity to reflect on the integration of Christian faith and professional mental health therapy.


To earn the dual degrees, apply to the School of Psychology, Family, and Community as well as Seattle Pacific Seminary through Graduate Admissions. Acceptance in one program does not guarantee acceptance in the other. Once you are admitted to both programs, you will receive a specialized program plan.

MFT and MA in Christian Studies

If you wish to complete basic theological education alongside a the master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Christian Studies track within the Master of Arts can be completed alongside the MFT a three-year sequence.

MFT and MA in Christian Studies program sequence (PDF)

MFT and MDiV

If you wish to complete the education often required for church ordination, as well as clinical licensure, the Master of Divinity degree can be completed alongside the MS in Marriage and Family Therapy in a four-year sequence.

MFT and Master of Divinity program sequence (PDF)

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