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. ACCREDITATION
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:
*Minimum length of time is the shortest time possible that a student could complete the program. Advertised length of time is how long the program is designed to complete as written. Maximum length of time is the maximum allowable time in which a student could finish the program (i.e., if a student needed to take time off due to illness, family responsibilities, etc.).
** The percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed within 3 years of their graduation utilizing skills learned in this COAMFTE accredited program.
*** The percentage of graduates who sat for and passed State license examination.