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School of Theology and Ministry

MACFT Admission Info & Resources

Admission Requirements, MACFT-specific

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in a liberal arts area
  • 3.00 GPA
  • If GPA falls below the required minimum, then the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is required
  • At least 2 years of professional or volunteer experiences in the helping field (e.g., social service, education, or ministry).

Please note: Admission is selective, and candidates are evaluated on their individual merits. 

Application Materials to be submitted 

  • Download the Application Checklist
  • Application forms and fee (apply online, here)
  • Two recommendations with at least one from a person familiar with your religious/spiritual development (Note: Recommendation forms are provided)
  • Official transcripts of all Colleges and Universities previously attended
  • An autobiographical statement, with a focus on understanding of and experience related to Couples and Family Therapy
  • An interview with a member of the Admissions Committee within Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry

Successful Transfer of Credit

Accepted students may petition to transfer up to 21 graduate credits from a regionally accredited institution. If you have an accredited Master of Divinity degree or other advanced theological degree, we may be able to waive up to 21 theology and elective credits required for the MACFT degree. These credits would be evaluated by the associate dean after admission acceptance.

Seattle University Policy, here

Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry Policy: Click on School of Theology and Ministry Policy 99-2 on the Seattle University Policy link (above) to download a PDF.

Academic Offerings

This Couples and Family Therapy Program at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, 

The MACFT program is designed to meet the education standards to be a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in Washington State. Clinical students are required to become members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT, view here). After graduation, Washington State law requires that people practice therapy under appropriate supervision as part of their post-Master’s training requirements in preparation for full licensure (LMFT, view
here). These requirements typically take 2-4 years to complete. In addition to the 3,000 hour supervised clinical experience, you must pass the national MFT examination. Licensure laws vary by state. Please check the state in which you planned to be licensed to see if our educational requirements are a match. State board listings are available here.

Please click here for a program overview.

Entering the Clinical Program & Policies with Respect to Satisfactory Academic Progress

In their first year of classes, students take a variety of family therapy courses to learn about and practice basic counseling skills, family therapy, group theory and techniques, and assessment and diagnosis. Students are expected to pass all prerequisites to the clinical sequence with a C or higher (STMM 5530, STMC 5540, STMC 5220, STMM 5680, STMC 5710, STMC 5500, STMM 5620, STMC 5720, STMC 5520, STMC 5210, and STMC 5510). Additionally, students must have received a satisfactory assessment on skills rubrics for Pastoral Care Skills, Couples and Family Therapy in a Multicultural Context, Group Therapy Theory and Technique, and Advanced Pastoral Care Skills. There are a series of orientation meetings and required paperwork due before a student begins the clinical sequence.

After the first quarter of clinical, the MACFT faculty meet and determine the student’s candidacy, based upon the student’s GPA, progress in the first quarter of clinical (STMC 5550), and the students’ disposition (rubric available upon request).

The MACFT program follows Seattle University’s protocol for grievance in both classes and the candidacy process

All work toward a degree from Seattle University must be completed within six years. This time limit includes transfer credit.

Student Achievement

Our 2016 graduates offered over 6,500 hours of clinical service to couples, families, individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, including clients from various gender identities, races and ethnicities, and spiritual and religious faith traditions. This service is one of the MACFT program’s most clear expressions of Seattle University’s mission of “empowering leaders for a just and humane world”.

Student Achievement Data: Attrition / Retention / Graduation Rates and Exam Licensure Rates

For more information related to COAMFTE’s student achievement data, click here.

Our data:

Employment and Achievement of Alumni

Graduates of our program have gone on to work in various settings including private practice, director of social services, hospital counseling provider, university resident director, recovery program director, and faith-based counseling services.

What Alumni are Doing

  • Private Practice, Family Therapy
  • Director of Social Services
  • Hospital Counseling Provider
  • University Resident Director
  • Recovery Program Director
  • Faith-Based Counseling Services 


Students: Of our current students, 78% identify as female and 22% identify as male. Our students self identify as 4% Two or More Races, 7% Black, 7% Hispanic, , 11% Asian, 63% White, and 4% did not report ethnicity. Our students represent a variety of faith traditions as well as no faith traditions. 

Faculty: Of our current clinical faculty (those teaching required courses excluding the theological credits), 64% identify as female and 36% identify as male. Our faculty self-report as: 14% Black, 29% Asian-American, 7% Hispanic, and 43% White.

Supervisors: Of our current supervisors, 70% identify as female and 30% identify as male. Of our supervisors who report ethnicity, 10% self-identify as Asian, and 65% as Caucasian. 25% did not report ethnicity.

Fees, Other Charges, and Refund Policies



Total, based on Ideal, 3-Year Completion Schedule

Application Fee






79 Credits



Annual Fees

$80 x 3 (ideal schedule)


Formation Requirements

$80 x 3 + $0-$3,000 (personal therapy)



Free (10 per term, $5 for e-delivery)


Recreation Fees, per quarter

$65-100, depending on # of credits per quarter x 11 quarters


Technology Fee, per quarter

$90-140, depending on # of credits per quarter x 11 quarters


Fee, annual

$450 x 3


Books at SU’s Bookstore

$1,990 (new)

$1,990 (new)  

ARMFTB Practice Exam



AAMFT Student MEmbership



Video Recorder for Clinical

$100* (estimate)


Approximate Total Program Cost


$56,540   + *personal therapy


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For information on refunds, please see: