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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, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy


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

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

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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, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited University
  • Minium GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of FPBS application materials

Course listing

Required Courses (65 Units)

Biblical/theological Studies
BIB-709Bible Knowledge Requirement0
BIB-720*The Church and God’s Mission in the World3
BIB-725Biblical Interpretation I2
BIB-760*Theology for Integration3
THEO-705Christian Thought2
Practical Studies
COUN-710Introduction to Counseling1
COUN-721Professional Ethics in Counseling3
COUN-726Human Development3
COUN-728Family Violence1.5
COUN-730Clinical Assessment3
COUN-732Aging and Long Term Care1
COUN-734Counseling Families3
COUN-736Counseling Children2
COUN-736LCounseling Children Lab1
COUN-744Research Testing and Family Assessment2-3
COUN-747Counseling Individuals and Couples: Modern Theories2
COUN-747LCounseling Individuals and Couples Lab1
COUN-748Counseling Individuals and Couples: PostModern Theories1
COUN-752Human Sexuality3
COUN-754Group Counseling1-3
COUN-755Contemporary Issues in Counseling1
COUN-756Grief Counseling1
COUN-759Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology0.5
COUN-760Substance Abuse1
COUN-764Trainee/Practicum Assessment0

1Where a range of units is listed, the lower numeral is the number of units required and the additional units are electives.

Personal/social Formation
COUN-724Interpersonal Communication3
COUN-738Person, Family and Culture2
COUN-750A*Cross-Cultural Counseling: Los Angeles1.5
or COUN-750DCross-Cultural Counseling: San Francisco1.5
COUN-750B*Cross-Cultural Counseling: Fresno1.5
or COUN-750C*Cross-Cultural Counseling: International1.5
THEO-730*Discipleship and Ethics2
COUN-792**Summer Practicum1
COUN-793APracticum I3
COUN-793BPracticum II3
COUN-790*Advanced Family Studies3
or COUN-799*Thesis6
MIN-750*Ministry Discernment0

* Must be an FPU Biblical Seminary course.
** Optional Course, depending on Practicum placement.