Course Information

Book on Students Desk - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

As a master of marriage and therapy student, you 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 developing the self of the therapist 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 your understanding of the moral-values-spiritual dimensions of your life and how these interact with your clients’ lives.

Course sequences

Active status. You 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. You can complete the MFT master’s degree 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 about the MDFT.

Dual Degree: MFT and Theology. If you sense a calling both to ministry and the delivery of professional mental health counseling services, consider the dual-degree program

Course schedule

During Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, as well as during summer sessions, courses typically meet on this schedule:

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

2018-2019 Marriage and Family Therapy courses. 

MFT Professor Hee-Sun Cheon

Why I teach at SPU

Hee-Sun Cheon, Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

“I teach at SPU because this community holds a transforming environment for students and faculty where connection and challenge co-exist for growth in scholarship and in faith.”