Please note: Admission is selective, and candidates
are evaluated on their individual merits
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 MARPT 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.
The Marriage 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. The MARPT program is designed to meet the education standards to
be a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in Washington State. We encourage
our students and graduates 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 ProgressIn 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 B (84%)
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, 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 MARPT 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 MARPT program follows Seattle University’s protocol for
grievance in both classes and the candidacy process: http://www.seattleu.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=78678.All work toward a degree from Seattle University must be completed
within six years. This time limit includes transfer credit.
Our 2014 and 2015 graduates offered over 6,000 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 MARPT
program’s most clear expression of Seattle University’s mission of “empowering
leaders for a just and humane world”.
The class of 2014 was the first group of students having completed our revised program (in 2012-2013 we transitioned from pastoral counseling to relationship and pastoral therapy). The 2014 and 2015 cohorts graduated with a clear identity of couples and family therapists who infuse spirituality into their clinical work.
From 2005-2013, 34 students graduated or completed a post-masters
certificate in pastoral counseling. The past program specialized in couples and
family therapy, and many of those students have pursued mental health licensure
in order to work with individuals, couples and families. A pastoral counseling
graduate, John Bauman, LMHC, wrote:
I find that in this ministry of therapy that at least half of
those who seek to consult with me are in challenging relationships. I work with almost as many couples as
individuals (45% couples – 55% individuals). I believe that pastoral work is at the core relational work
– it is about healing relationship with self, others, God. Providing the additional Marriage &
Family Therapy (MFT) coursework
that comes with the change in the focus from pastoral counseling to relational
& pastoral therapy will ultimately serve those who will come seeking help
Attrition / Retention / Graduation RatesFor students entering in 2013, we
admitted 83% of the students who had completed applications. For students
graduating in 2014 and 2015, we accepted only students who were previously
enrolled in our pastoral counseling degree or post-master certificate program.
Ninety-four percent of the degree students chose to transfer into our newly
launched MARPT degree program.Nearly all students who have entered
either the MARPT or pastoral counseling degree programs complete the program or
transfer into another degree or certificate that the school offers. Only 6% have
discerned a different vocational path. Our 2014 class includes 5 MARPT
graduates, 1 pastoral counseling graduate, and 3 completing their post-master’s
certificate. Students graduating after this June will all be conferred with the
MARPT degree. Of our graduating students in 2014, 60% applied for and received the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA) credential.
Exam Pass Rates and Licensure RatesOne hundred percent of MARPT graduates have a
robust plan for passing the AMFTRB
exam and becoming licensed marriage and family therapists. Of our graduates to date, 20% of alumni have
been accepted in to a doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership. Several pastoral counseling
graduates have reported to us that they have passed the mental health national
exam and have become Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC).
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. For example, one of our 2014 alumni serves as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA) in the K-12 school system.
Students: Of our current students, 75% identify as female and 25% identify as male. Our students self identify as 2% American Indian, 10% Black, 13% Hispanic, 2% Multi-ethnic, 53% White, and 20% 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.
Total, based on Ideal, 3-Year Completion
$50 x 3 (ideal schedule)
$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
$450 x 3
Books at SU’s Bookstore
$2,550.00 (used) - $3,397.80 (new)
ARMFTB Practice Exam
Video Recorder for Clinical
Total Program Cost
+ *personal therapy
University Link: http://www.seattleu.edu/costs/graduate-tuition/
information on refunds, please see: http://www.seattleu.edu/student-payment/refunds/withdrawal-refunds/