Master of Christian Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy


The Master of Christian Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy provides the education and formation needed to become a registered marriage and family therapist (RMFT). You will be trained and equipped to help individuals and groups in their personal growth and in the context of their relationships, with a strong understanding of evidence-based treatments and hundreds of clinical practice hours in preparation for a career in Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is highly recognized by public agencies, faith-based agencies and private practice. It is taught from a systemic MFT perspective by faculty supervisors who are credentialed by the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Learn more about the program from an ACTS Marriage and Family Therapy Student:

Christine Caines
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Learn more about the program's focus on the person of the therapist:

Danielle Vriend-Fluit

*The Master of Christian Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy contains 75 credit hours and can be done in three years of full time study, or over a longer period of part-time study. This degree is granted conjointly by Trinity Western University and the seminary in which the student is enrolled.


Q: What is the difference between the Marriage and Family Therapy program at ACTS and the Counselling Psychology program of Trinity Western University?
A: Both are great programs, so you just need to figure out which one is right for you. The ACTS Seminaries MFT program has at least three distinctive features. (1) Biblical and theological studies courses for the personal spiritual formation of students, and integration of biblical/theological studies with current, evidence-based practice in Marriage and Family Therapy across all course material. (2) A comprehensive family-systems theory perspective that gives graduates the extra layer of training that will help them understand how family systems are at play in the lives of their clients, be they families, couples, or individuals. (3) Emphasis on personal formation of the therapist, so that students can be emotionally healthy and lead their own clients toward emotional health. Students wishing to complete a thesis as part of their program and move onto PhD studies will likely find the MA Counselling Psychology to be the best option.

Q: Does the Marriage and Family Therapy program enable me to acquire the designation of being a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist?
A: Graduates of the ACTS Seminaries MFT program have everything they need in order to apply to become Registered Clinical Counsellors with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Graduates will have the necessary course work to become Registered Marriage and Family Therapists but will need to complete additional client hours under the supervision of a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy supervisor.

Q: Why is the Marriage and Family Therapy program a Master of Christian Studies and not a Master of Arts? Will that impact my ability to practice in the marketplace?
A: The ACTS MFT degree is a Master of Christian Studies in recognition of the fact that the curriculum puts a high priority on integrating biblical/theological insights with the best current evidence-based practice in Marriage and Family Therapy. The ACTS program is fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and graduates can become Registered Clinical Counsellors. The ACTS program is well-known throughout southern BC and our graduates serve in private practice, in churches, Christian agencies, and secular organizations.

Q: If I have a bachelor’s degree that is not in psychology, which pre-requisite courses would I need to take to enroll in the Marriage and Family Therapy program?
A: Students with a bachelor's degree in another discipline will need to take up to six courses of undergraduate psychology prerequisites: Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Brain and Behaviour, Development Psychology, and Personality Theories. In addition, students will take Foundational Skills in Counselling, offered each August at ACTS Seminaries.

Course Outline

Research and Writing
RES 502 - Research Strategies

Biblical Studies
BIB 505 - Biblical Interpretation
BIB 520 - Old Testament Foundations
BIB 540 - New Testament Foundations

Theological Studies
THS 571 - Theology I
THS 671 - Theology II
THS 648 - Theological Issues in Counselling
THS 680 - Christianity and Culture
PTH 510 - Spiritual Formation I
PTH 511 - Spiritual Formation II
PTH 660 - Spiritual Resources in MFT

Counselling Studies
MFT 552 - Theories in MFT
MFT 553 - Advanced Skills in MFT
MFT 580 - Pyschopathology
CPSY 502 or MFT 582 - Research Design OR Stats & Research
MFT 630 - Counselling Diverse Populations
MFT 660 - Marriage and Family Therapy I
MFT 661 - Group Counselling
MFT 664 - Ethics & Professional Issues
MFT 670 - Marriage and Family Therapy II
MFT 682 - Family Life Cycle: Child & Adolescent
MFT 683 - Family Life Cycle: Adult Human Development
MFT 697 - Comprehensive Exam

Family Therapy Electives
Choose one of the following courses:
MFT 674 - Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples
MFT 675 - Satir Family Therapy
MFT ___ - Counselling Elective

Supervised Practicum
MFT 590 - Counselling Practicum
MFT 691-4 - Counselling Internship I-IV

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Areas of Study

Marriage and Family Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy will provide you with the therapeutic skills to build and maintain individual emotional health and the health of family units and contribute to building and sustaining strong and thriving communities.

ACTS Seminaries welcomes applicants who confess faith in Jesus, are members in or connected with a local church, and possess a desire for academic and spiritual growth within the ACTS Seminaries community. A bachelor degree from an accredited university or college is the standard academic prerequisite. Additional admission requirements are listed below, as well as on our Apply page.

Step 1 - choose your degree program
Step 2 - fill out the online application form
Step 3 - submit your references and transcripts

MFT Application Requirements

  • A bachelor degree in Psychology from an accredited university or college with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale).

    • Applicants with a bachelor degree in a different discipline may be admitted conditionally on the successful completion of selected pre-requisite courses in Psychology. These courses can be done concurrently within the MFT program.

  • Two years of experience in people-helping service.

  • Reference letter from someone who has observed you in a people-helping capacity.

  • An interview with a counselling faculty member may also be required.

The seminaries that constitute the Associated Canadian Theological Schools admit qualified women and men of any race, nationality or ethnic origin. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. ACTS may consider applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, provided they can demonstrate the ability to succeed at the graduate level.

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