Fuller Theological Seminary

Department of Marriage & Family
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The mission of the Department of Marriage and Family at Fuller Theological Seminary is to prepare men and women for service in the fields of marital and family therapy, family life education, and marriage and family studies. We seek to accomplish this mission by offering an educational environment that fosters integrity and Christian vision. We prepare Christian men and women with clinical skills and academic training required for licensure or professional certification as marital and family therapists, and for certification as family life educators. The curriculum for the Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy (MSMFT) is designed to meet the academic requirements of Sections Section 4980.36 or 4980.37 of the State of California Business and Professions Code, and the curriculum for the MSMFT program offered at Fuller Arizona was designed to meet the requirements of Title 4, Chapter 6, Section R4-6-601 of the Arizona Administrative Code. The Master of Arts degree program in Family Studies (MAFS) was approved by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting the educational requirements toward Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation through 12/31/2018.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Kenichi Yoshida
Department Emphasis
  • 44% Family Therapy
  • 18% Family Life Education
  • 13% Family Science
  • 10% Human Development
  • 10% Integration (Christian Faith & Family Practice)
  • 5% Research
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

180 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. James L. Furrow (chair)
Graduate Courses Offered
  •  Family Systems Dynamics
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Child and Family Development
  • Cultural and Ethnic Issues in Marriage and family Intervention
  • Families in Contemporary Society
  • Family Life Education
  • Advanced Family Life Education
  • Family Resource Management
  • Marriage and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Parent Education and Guidance
  • Introduction to Integration
  • Integration Formation Group
  • Narrative and the Family Life
  • Special Topics in Integration
  • Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling
  • Religion and Psychotherapy
  • Integration Symposium
  • Research Methods, Statistics, and Design in MFT
  • Master's Thesis
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Family Practice
  • Psychopathology and Family Systems
  • Family Therapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Advanced Marital Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy in Family Contexts
  • Vulnerable Family Systems: Adressing Mental Health Disparitites & Complex Traums
  • Assessment on Individuals, Couples and Families
  • Brief Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Foundations
  • Clinical practica
  • FLE practica
  • Directed Studies (Family Studies, Family Life, Research, Integration, Marital and Family Therapy)
  • Addiction and Family Treatment
  • Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Clinical Practice
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Human Development in Context
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Studies
  • Marital & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) students are challenged to integrate their therapeutic practice into a faith-filled theological vision of wholeness in human relationships. The goal of the program is to train competent clinicians who will continue to approach their craft within a broader understanding of the ministry of the church. The overarching conceptual approach for MFT program is an ecological understanding of family systems that examines the interaction of multiple levels of the social environment, from individuals, to couples and families, and beyond. The program is designed for full-time study at the Pasadena main campus and can be completed in two years in a cohort structure, in which students take the same core requirements on the curriculum together throughout the program. The Family Studies (FS) program provides in-depth coursework for those who wish to develop the competence needed to work with couples, families, youths and children in non-clinical settings, both in and out of the local church context. The degree program emphasizes knowledge and skills in family life education, including preventive work with couples and parents.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
1/1/2005. Discontinued 1/1/2019. Graduates can apply through 12/31/2020
CFLE Contact
Cameron Lee, Ph.D, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email