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:
| Student Achievement Data |
|Advertised Program Length [3 Years] |
|Maximum Time to Complete Program [6 Years] |
| Year Students |
| Members in Cohort || * Graduation Rate || ** National Exam |
| *** Licensure Rate |
|2005-2006 ||9 ||77.78% || 100% || 57.14% |
|2006-2007 || 13 ||61.54% ||75% ||62.50% |
|2007-2008 || 10 ||70.00% || 50% ||57.14% |
| 2008-2009 || 6 ||66.67% || 100% ||75.00% |
| 2009-2010 || 14 ||85.71% ||100% ||66.67% |
| 2010-2011 || 10 ||70.00% || 33.33% || 85.71% |
|2011-2012 || 5 || 60.00% ||100% ||100% |
|2012-2013 || 10 ||60.00% ||0.00% ||50% |
| 2013-2014 || 10 || N/A ||N/A ||N/A |
|2014-2015 ||10 ||N/A ||N/A ||N/A |
|2015-2016 || 10 ||N/A || N/A || N/A |
* Graduation Rate: The percentage of students who graduated within six years of entering the program.
** National Exam Pass Rate: The percentage of graduates who sat for and passed State license examination.
*** Licensure Rate: The percentage of graduates who obtained a state license to practice marriage and family therapy. (Note: This rate is impacted by graduates who work in religious contexts and choose not to be licensed.)