Degree Requirements

Below is a list of degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Couples & Family Therapy degree.

  •  All credits are quarter credits  
  • Click here to view the Seattle University catalog and course descriptions.


I. Clinical Theory

33 credits 

  • Professional Care Skills
  • Psychospiritual Development
  • Family Therapy Theory
  • Advanced Couples & Family Therapy Skills
  • Counseling Theory & Techniques
  • Integrating Systemic & Spiritual Approaches to Couples Therapy
  • Group Theory & Techniques
  • Systematic Treatment of Addiction & Abuse
  • Psychopathology
  • Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Systems of Trauma Treatment

II. Theological Foundations**

9 credits 

  • Healing Narratives: Personal and Sacred
  • Spiritual Discernment
  • Theology of the Human Person or Images of the Sacred

III. Clinical Integration*

Students complete 500 hours of clinical service through an 18-month internship.

37 credits

  • Human Sexuality
  • Couples & Family Therapy in a Multicultural Context
  • Couples & Family Therapy: Identity and Ethics
  • Professional Ethics and Law
  • Research Methods
  • Research Seminar
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Spiritually-Infused Systemic Child & Adolescent Treatment
  • Clinical I
  • Clinical II
  • Clinical III
  • Clinical IV
  • Clinical V
  • Clinical VI
  • Career & Professional Development


*Students who do not complete the clinical requirements for graduation by the end of the clinical sequence (Clinical VI) may be required to take additional clinical courses until requirements are met.

** If you have an advanced degree in theology, please talk with your advisor or the admissions coordinator about waiving the theological courses.


Please reach out to Jean Adler Stean, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services at or 206-296-5333.

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