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The Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares you with the knowledge, skill, and insight to practice counseling in a clinical setting. This program integrates theology, theory, personal formation and professional practice. This program is ideal for any student desiring to help in the healing process of those who have experienced hurt, pain and hardship in life. The program prepares you and covers the content areas required for the California Marriage and Family Therapy licensure exams.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

Graduating with an MFT degree from the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary prepares graduates for California licensure* as a therapist. We have students working as therapists in private counseling centers, their own private practices, county mental health facilities among other places. After graduation, students will continue the 3,000 hour internship requirement for CA state licensing; once the hours are completed the intern may then apply through the Board of Behavioral Science to take the Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy exam.

Program director

Cynthia McGrady
Cynthia McGrady, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy


Adam Ghali, Ph.D.
Adam Ghali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

autumn lindberg
Autumn Lindberg, LMFT

Visalia Center Program Director and Adjunct Faculty of Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Mary Shamshoian
Mary Shamshoian, LMFT

Director of the On-Site Counseling Program, Adjunct Faculty of Marriage and Family Therapy

David Bruce Rose
David Bruce Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three reference letters: one from a Pastor or Spiritual mentor, one from a professor or employer, and one from a friend
  • Official GRE exam scores
  • Three prerequisite courses: intro to psychology, abnormal psychology, and human development
  • Fifty hours of face-to-face counseling experience
  • Personal profile questions
  • Short answer questions

Course listing

Required Courses (65 Units)

Biblical/Theological Studies

BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0
BIB 720The Church and God's Mission in the World *3
BIB 725Biblical Interpretation I **2
BIB 760Theology for Integration *3
THEO 705Christian Thought **2

Practical Studies

COUN 710Introduction to Counseling1
COUN 721Professional Ethics in Counseling **3
COUN 726Human Development3
COUN 728Family Violence **1.5
COUN 730Clinical Assessment3
COUN 732Aging and Long-Term Care1
COUN 734Counseling Families3
COUN 736Counseling Children2
COUN 736LCounseling Children Lab **1
COUN 740Psychopathology3
COUN 744Research, Testing and Family Assessment **2
COUN 747Counseling Individuals and Couples: Modern Theories2
COUN 747LCounseling Individuals and Couples: Modern Theories Lab1
COUN 748Counseling Individuals and Couples: Postmodern Theories1
COUN 752Human Sexuality3
COUN 754Group Counseling **1
COUN 755Contemporary Issues in Counseling1
COUN 756Grief Counseling1
COUN 759Pychobiology and Psychopharmocology0.5
COUN 760Substance Abuse1
COUN 764Trainee/Practicum Assessment0

Personal/Social Formation

COUN 724Interpersonal Communication **3
COUN 738Person, Family, and Culture2
or COUN 750D
Cross-Cultural Counseling: Los Angeles *
or Cross-Cultural Counseling: San Francisco
or 1.5
or COUN 750C
Cross Cultural Counseling: Fresno *
or Cross-Cultural Counseling: International *
or 1.5
MIN 705Mentoring/Connecting *1
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics ** *2


COUN 792Summer Practicum ***1
COUN 793APracticum I3
COUN 793BPracticum II3
COUN 790
or COUN 799
Advanced Family Studies *
or Thesis ** *
or 6
MIN 750Ministry Discernment0

* Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course

** Course must be taken as number of units listed here

*** Optional Course, depending on Practicum placement