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.

  • Highly recognized program by public agencies, faith-based agencies and private practice

  • 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.

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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