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ACTS Seminaries offers a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy to those working towards becoming registered marriage and family therapist with a solid understanding of evidence-based treatments and hundreds of clinical practice hours.

The MAMFT program prepares graduates to be: 

fully credentialed by the B.C. Minister of Advanced education

highly recognized program both in and outside the Christian community

taught from a systemic (MFT) perspective by faculty supervisors who are AAMFT (American Association of Marital and Family Therapists) approved

immediately successful – the program requirements go beyond the expectations to qualify to be a registered marriage and family therapist

graduated with over 350 clinical practice hours (150 more than you need)

Graduates are prepared to make a difference leading in the following settings:

Mental Health
School Counsellor
Child Play Therapy
Private Practice
Ministry for Children and Families
Recovery Ministries
Not-for-Profit Organizations

Marriage and Family Core Studies (43 sem. hrs.) include courses such as Marriage and Family Therapy Theories; Advanced Skills in Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychopathology, Ethics and Professional issues, Statistics, and Counseling Internships.

Marriage and Family Electives (5 sem. hrs.) include courses taught by internationally known therapists such as Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Addictions Counseling, SATIR Family Therapy and Research design.

Biblical Studies (7 sem. hrs.) include Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics, and various book studies that focus on relationships and living well, such as Expositions of Wisdom Literature.

Theological Studies (13 sem. hrs.) include Spiritual Formation and Personal Development, Spiritual Resources in Counseling, and Theological Issues in Counseling.

A Thesis Option (6 sem. hrs.) is available.


Program admission requires the following:
(1) Bachelor’s Degree: An accredited Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale).

(2) Christian Faith: Confess faith in Jesus, be members in or connected with a local church, and possess a desire for academic, ministerial and spiritual growth within the ACTS Seminaries community.

(3) Undergraduate Prerequisites:
A minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate psychology credits with a B grade in each of the following courses. These prerequisites must have been completed within the 10 years prior to applying to the program:

  • Introduction to Statistics (passing grade)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Brain and Behavior or Learning/Cognition
  • Foundational Skills in Counseling or its equivalent must have been taken in the last 4 years prior to admission. Exceptions may include those who have been working in the field and obtained continuing education.

(4) Counselling Skills:
To get an indication of an applicant’s ability to both listen and respond in a counseling situation, a 20-minute video is required which includes: A) A 10-minute session of her/himself counseling a friend about a real-life event (about which the friend is feeling fear, anger, sadness, guilt or worry); and B) A 10-minute explanation by the applicant (self on camera) of what he/she believes are the causes of depression and what he/she hopes to learn in this program to reduce depression.

Applicants may send their video in one of 2 ways: A) Mail in a DVD disc in either Power DVD or Windows Media Player format only; B) Upload a video file through or

(5) Other Requirements:
A preliminary indication of personal fitness for counseling and of Christian character as evidenced by:

  • An academic reference
  • A character reference from someone who has observed you in a people-helping capacity.
  • Two years experience in people-helping service.
  • An interview with a counselling faculty member

Please note: applicants who currently are, or have been, counselling clients of program faculty are encouraged to wait minimum two years after the conclusion of that relationship before applying to the program.

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