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Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy

If you want to integrate your Christian faith with bringing healing and wholeness to individuals, couples, and families in their relationships, explore Fuller’s Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MSMFT) program—offered at both our Pasadena and Arizona campuses. In a supportive community of faculty and fellow students, you’ll be formed to serve as a skilled therapist, with your Christian faith informing your clinical work. Both programs meet the academic requirements of their respective states and provide excellent training and networking opportunities that will support your career beyond graduation.

Clinical Training

Spiritual Formation

2- and 3-year Programs

Pasadena and Phoenix Campuses

Study with faculty like these:

Jessica ChenFeng

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Cameron Lee

Professor of Marriage and Family Studies

Andrea Waddell-Pratt

Associate Professor of the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy

Explore other members of our renowned School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy faculty here.

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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the MSMFT program in either Pasadena or Phoenix, applicants must submit an online application, essay responses, four letters of recommendation, and official transcripts reflecting completed coursework for a bachelor's degree.

Tuition and Affordability

The full tuition for Fuller’s MSMFT degree is the same for both Pasadena and Arizona. For Pasadena students who choose additional coursework to fulfill out-of-state requirements or requirements for the Professional Clinical Counselor license (LPCC), and for Arizona students who choose to pursue the Professional Counselor license (LPC), additional tuition will apply. Incoming students are eligible for new student scholarships and Pasadena students will be considered for the merit-based Vermeer Scholarship. Continuing students are eligible for a number of additional scholarships.

Arizona-based scholarships are also available for Arizona students. Arizona students who complete the scholarship application will automatically be considered for need-based scholarships available through the Empowering Leaders Fund and the Carol Eaton Scholarship.

Vermeer Scholarship Application Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • Applicant must submit the fifth essay with their admission application, answering the following prompt: In applying to Fuller’s Marriage and Family Therapy program do you have a vision, tentative or otherwise, for how your training might serve the social and/or relational needs of an organization (including, but not limited to, local congregations)? In what ways, apart from providing psychotherapeutic services, do you anticipate using your skills in some form of organizational intervention, or marriage or family oriented ministry? How important is this to you?"
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Training Opportunities

Faculty are closely involved in students’ clinical training, offering weekly clinical supervision or consultation. All students have access to a broad range of practicum options through our dozens of site connections. Whatever your passion, you’ll find a placement to help equip you for your career.

Through faculty-led practicums––a program unique to Fuller––select students at the Pasadena campus receive direct supervision from licensed faculty members, each with a focus on a specific model of therapy.

Students work directly with licensed faculty members and seasoned licensed therapists in the Phoenix area who are committed to training students and creating lasting networks for alumni.

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Accreditation and Professional Preparation

Fuller's MSMFT program provides students with the professional training and clinical skills necessary for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in California and Arizona, and as an LPCC (licensed professional clinical counselor) in California, and LPC (licensed professional counselor) in Arizona. Furthermore, our program prepares students who wish to pursue doctoral studies in marriage and family therapy. The program offers students unique opportunities, such as training directly with skilled faculty clinicians such as Terry Hargrave, who developed the Restoration Therapy model, or focusing on the clinical specialization of Medical Family Therapy (MedFT), in which students learn to work with families affected by illness and to provide family therapy in medical contexts.

In Pasadena, Fuller’s MSMFT curriculum meets the academic requirements of Section 4980.36 or 4980.37, and Section 4999.33 of the State of California Business and Professions Code. Our department is recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as meeting the standards and educational requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in California.

The Fuller Arizona curriculum meets the requirements of Title 4, Chapter 6, Section R4-6-601 (for the LMFT) and R4-6-501 (for the LPC) of the Arizona Administrative Code and of Arizona Revised Statutes Title 32, Chapter 33. Our program has been pre-approved by the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners for licensure in Arizona.



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"In the faculty-led practicum, I sat with a master therapist, Terry Hargrave. He supervised me doing live therapy and provided input in real time. What an amazing learning experience! I didn’t come to Fuller a natural therapist; I just had the desire. Now, because of Fuller’s incredible training, I feel very confident in the therapy I do."
– Lance Ahl, MSMFT ’12, MDiv ’06

MFT Training Opportunities

A Supportive Community

In both Pasadena and Phoenix, students take most core courses with the same cohort, allowing students to build professional and personal relationships that last beyond the program. Faculty at both campuses value the mentoring opportunities that occur in small group training contexts, formation groups, community meetings, and spiritual formation retreats, where they encourage lively classroom dialogue and invest in students’ personal and spiritual growth. These groups and meetings explore issues of vocation, identity, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be agents of healing and reconciliation in the world.

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A Focus on Faculty Mentoring

Established in the 1980s, Fuller’s MFT program is considered one of the strongest MFT programs in California. Graduates from both the California and Arizona programs have excellent first-time pass rates in their respective state licensing exams. Two primary factors contribute to the program’s success: 1) faculty involvement and 2) spiritual formation.

Faculty Involvement

During every quarter of the 2-year program and in the third year of the 3-year program, faculty engage students in small group contexts (see table below), allowing faculty the opportunity to mentor students and meaningfully come alongside them in their journey of personal and professional development.

Small Group Format Schedule

YEAR/TERM: Pasadena 2-Year Program Small Group Course
Year 1/Quarter 1 Formation Group
Year 1/Quarter 2 Formation Group
Year 1/Quarter 3 Formation Retreat and Clinical Foundations 3
Year 2/Quarter 1 Supervision/Consultation
Year 2/Quarter 2 Supervision/Consultation
Year 2/Quarter 3 Formation Retreat and Supervision/Consultation
YEAR/TERM: Pasadena 3-Year Program Small Group Course
Year 3/Quarter 1 Formation Group and Supervision/Consultation
Year 3/Quarter 2 Formation Group and Supervision/Consultation
Year 3/Quarter 3 Formation Retreat and Supervision/Consultation


YEAR/TERM: Phoenix 2- and 3-Year Programs
Year 1/Quarters 1-2 Formation Group
Years 2 & 3/Quarter 3 Formation Retreat
Year 2 or 3/Quarters 1-4 Supervision Group


In addition to the small group learning context, students each train with a faculty member under live supervision during the practicum year. Students learn to conceptualize and apply clinical interventions based on a specific theory and therapeutic model, resulting in a high level of clinical expertise.


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Peacemaking: Training Great Therapists

Learn about the heartbeat of the MFT department and its curriculum—the integration framework of peacemaking and the four clinical virtues at the core of what makes the MFT program unique, effective, and authentic.

Cameron Lee at Story Table: Integration

Spiritual Formation

At the heart of the MFT program is our spiritual formation curriculum in which peacemaking is the center of our vocational identity and where humility, hope, compassion, and Sabbath rest are the clinical virtues that strengthen this identity. This informs all aspects of the clinical training curriculum as well as the department’s community life. We are forming therapists who are empowered to do God’s work as peacemakers, committed to restoring shalom in the lives of their clients. But the journey begins with students engaging in their own formational process, which we facilitate in the following ways:

Introduction to Integration

In this class, students are introduced to the spiritual formation framework and engage in classroom discussions about peacemaking and the clinical virtues.

Formation Groups

Faculty members each meet with a group of 8-10 students weekly for the first two quarters in the program, providing mentorship and facilitating group discussions. The first quarter focuses on sharing personal narratives and deepening relationships within the group. During the second quarter, students discuss the clinical virtues in greater depth.

Community Meetings

This is a time when the entire department gathers to listen to and engage with faculty members as they share personal reflections on each of the clinical virtues.

Spiritual Formation Retreat

One of our clinical virtues is Sabbath rest, and we take seriously the commitment to practice what we teach. One day every Spring Quarter, the entire department gathers at an off-campus site for personal and communal retreat. We start the day in worship, then transition to times of individual and group reflection.

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2-year and 3-year Programs

We understand that students come with a variety of resources, expectations, and needs as they pursue graduate education and navigate the balance between life in and outside of school. Therefore, students can choose to complete the program in two years or three years. They take classes with the same faculty members, complete the same curriculum, and have the same training opportunities, only at different paces.

Applicants to the Fall quarter may apply to pursue the MSMFT as part of either the two year program* or the three year program.

Applicants to the Spring quarter will be considered for “early start” admission to the MSMFT program and must select either the two year program or the three year program to begin in the following Fall quarter.**

2-Year Program (Pasadena and Phoenix)

  • 7 quarters of full-time enrollment (on-campus and online courses)
  • Practicum begins at the end of the Year 1 or beginning of Year 2

Click here for a detailed, year-by-year curriculum.

3-Year Program (Pasadena)

  • First 2 years, part-time enrollment
    • Online courses
    • On-campus courses 1 evening a week
  • Third year, full-time enrollment
    • 20 hrs/week practicum
    • Remaining on-campus courses

*8-12 units per quarter
Click here for a detailed, year-by-year curriculum.

3-Year Program (Phoenix)

  • First 2 years, part-time enrollment
    • Online courses
    • On-campus courses 1 day a week
  • Third year, full-time enrollment
    • 20 hrs/week practicum
    • Remaining on-campus courses

Click here for a detailed, year-by-year curriculum.

* International applicants needing a U.S. student visa may only apply to the Pasadena Campus Fall Quarter two year program.

** Please be aware that the 2-year and 3-year options refer to the different course structures of the MSMFT program and are not necessarily exact estimates for degree completion time. Please consult your admissions counselor to determine the specific timelines associated with your preferred plans of study.


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"At the Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT, we have thoroughly enjoyed the MFT students from Fuller. They are such a pleasure for us to train and supervise. Comparing to other MFT/counseling graduate programs, Fuller students seem to have better understanding of theories and the importance of research in clinical practice. The Fuller students at our site consistently demonstrate a level of personal maturity, integrity, and professionalism that we do not always see.... I believe that the faculty at Fuller MFT programs have done an excellent job preparing and equipping their students for practicum."
Director of Clinical Training at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT)

"The MFT program in Phoenix changed my life. I’ve grown in knowledge, maturity, and faith. I've had unique opportunities to develop my clinical and research skills, while integrating my faith into my clinical practice. My cohort is like family and we love being on this journey together. Choosing Fuller is one of the best decisions I've ever made."
– Emily Delster, Current MSMFT student

"Our experience with Fuller’s MFT department during the past 30-plus years has been very positive. As a church counseling ministry, we offer counseling to our congregation and surrounding community. We interview over 30 students every year from different graduate schools in the area. We have consistently observed that students from Fuller stand out in their professionalism, background diversity, readiness to provide therapy and overall maturity. We feel blessed to have been in partnership with Fuller Seminary for all these years. Our counseling ministry is thriving because of this partnership."
– Tsega Worku, Director of Counseling Ministry, Lake Avenue Counseling Center

"I have been very pleased with the quality of professors at Fuller, their clinical training and experience has prepared me to work confidently yet humbly with diverse populations. The theological and psychological integration has given me a much richer education than I could have received anywhere else."
– Anna Diaz, Current Arizona MSMFT student

"The MSMFT program at Fuller is a safe place to learn and grow into an excellent clinician. There are different ways of understanding the integration of theology and psychology, and the environment of the program allows me to explore that at my own pace. The faculty, curriculum, and my fellow students have all helped me in exploring how the kingdom of God can be brought into reality through individual, couples, or family therapy."
– Troy Zaslove, Current Arizona MSMFT student

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get to know your admissions counselor | Liz Yoshonis

My family and I came to Fuller in 2019 from Michigan so that my husband could pursue his MDIV. Throughout those years, I fell in love with Fuller; the multicultural experience of just living in Fuller Housing, and felt personally drawn toward the School of Psychology. In 2022 I applied and was accepted into the Marriage and Family Therapy Program where I am currently a student. The program has been personally life-changing. Since my studies began, I have become a better wife, mother, and friend. The faculty is rich with knowledge and care as they excellently prepare us for future clinical work as well as beautifully integrate theology and psychology throughout the program. Now, as an admissions counselor, I have the unique opportunity to assist individuals in the process of applying to SOPMFT programs as well. It is a profound honor for me to be able to walk alongside individuals as they navigate the possibilities of how Fuller can be the catalyst for what God has created them for and ultimately affect positive change for the world.

Katie Newton

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