Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

A transformational journey of discipleship focused on helping you develop vocational excellence in your current or desired context – all on your time and from wherever you are.


Develop professional skills, learn about yourself and your faith, and build a foundation for the practice of therapy.


The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, which was formerly offered through Evangelical Seminary, is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage & Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Your learning in the program will prepare you for service as an effective clinician within diverse communities.

The online program fosters a distinctive cohort model and provides a safe and supportive environment in which you’ll develop close relationships with your fellow students and with faculty. The program will emphasize not only learning how to become a marriage and family therapist but will also focus on your personal emotional development by placing special emphasis on the “self-of-the-therapist.” Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue licensure^ to work as a beginning professional marriage and family therapist. Additional details are provided below.

New applicants considered for Fall 2025. Application review and group interviews will take place Winter/Spring 2025. Click here for licensure disclosures and eligibility to apply.


Why pursue a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with Kairos?

By inviting Kairos to walk on this journey with you, you’re seizing a unique opportunity to develop professional skills and strengthen your personal foundation as you learn about yourself and your faith, about human development and relationships, and about healthy marriages and families.


Program Breakdown

This online program is 65 credit hours and consists of the following courses:

Faith Foundations

History and Theology of MFT (3)

Spiritual Foundations

Spiritual Formation in Ministry (3)

Human Development

Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy (3)
Dynamics of Biopsychosocialspiritual Dev. (3)
Psychological Tests and Measurements (1)
Children and Adolescents in Family Therapy (3)
Diversity and Cultural Attunement (formerly named Gender and Ethnicity) (3)

Marriage and Family Studies

Foundations for Marriage and Family Therapy   (3)
Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy I (3)
Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy II (3)

Marriage and Family Therapy

Family Therapy – Skills and Practice  (3)
Marriage Therapy – Theory and Practice (3)
Trauma, Resilience, & Resistance (3)

Abusive and Addictive Family Systems (3)
Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Seminar (1)
Sexual Function and Systemic Sex Therapy (3)
Relevant Issues in the Practice of MFT (1)

Professional Studies

Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in FT (3)
Teletherapy Practice and Ethics (1)


Research in Marriage and Family Therapy (3)

Personal Enrichment

Personal Growth Plan (0)


Counseling Internship for MAMFT Students I-III (3 ea)
Counseling Internship for MAMFT Students IV (4)

^Meets all educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and 40 other states/districts.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program encompasses academic, clinical, and personal achievement and development.  Part-time completion takes approximately three and a half to four years. Accelerated part-time students may complete the program in two and a half to three years.

You’ll progress through your course of study by primarily participating in live online classes–giving you the opportunity to interact with your professors and fellow students in real time. The program culminates with an internship experience that results in 300-500+ face-to-face client hours upon completion.

New cohorts begin each fall, and available spaces may be limited.


Licensure and Credentialing

Professional marriage and family therapists are held to high standards of care and professionalism. Requirements for licensure are set forth by statutory laws and regulations and vary from state to state.  Subsequent requirements include, but are not limited to, application to a state licensing regulatory board, post-graduate clinical hours, supervision, and successful passage of a national licensing examination. Kairos University considers applicants who reside in states where the program meets all educational requirements for licensure. 

Program Purpose

This program is designed to prepare you to minister in a variety of contexts as an entry-level marriage and family therapist. The curriculum focuses on self-of-the-therapist development while also bringing cultural and theological sensitivity into the practice of marriage and family therapy. Based upon relational/systemic theoretical orientation of family systems thinking, it integrates biblical truth and Christian faith with these understandings.

Cohort Model

As a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program, you will journey together with your peers in a cohort-based community of learning. You’ll begin your journey by focusing on the fundamentals of relational therapy and then learn to first apply the basic skills and theories of family therapy to conceptualizing, assessing, and treating issues in mental health counseling through role plays, group activities, and presentations and then later to address specific issues like gender, ethnicity, addiction, abuse, and sexuality. The cohort model also encourages you to be in dialog about these issues – challenging new ideas to form in the process. Finally, you will put into practice your knowledge and skills during internship by working with individuals, couples, and families in clinics and agencies. You’ll also be placed in supervision groups to present cases, learn from supervisors, and offer feedback to your peers.


Most people train to be therapists because they want to help other people. They want to focus on the history, values, struggles, and needs of the client. But this is not all that is happening in a therapy room. Self-of-the-therapist refers to an understanding that the therapist also brings to the session their own concerns, history, personality, values, struggles, and spirituality (to name a few). Part of the work in learning the art of helping others is to examine and understand yourself as the therapist. Only when you are able to identify the influence of “self” can you use it to be fully present with the client in sessions.

View our program handbook for full program details. 

Student achievement data is available in our COAMFTE Graduate Achievement Data Table, and program statistics can be found here.

Program Goals

In addition to meeting standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, all coursework is designed to help you:

  • Develop competent professional skills as a beginning marriage and family therapist;
  • Deepen your self-awareness, understanding, and growth personally, relationally, and spiritually;
  • Engage with issues of diversity and multi-culturalism;
  • Involve you in Christian faith and spiritual formation.

View our program mission statement and student learning outcomes here.


Get Started

We’d love to help you discern if this is the next best step for you. Start a conversation with us today or check out our “Discerning Your Calling” step-by-step guide.

Ready to move forward? Here are a few things you’ll need to get started (more details in the catalog).

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (and high school diploma for bachelor’s students) for all bachelor’s, graduate certificate in theological studies, master’s, and doctoral students.
  • On a case-by-case basis, certificate of completion for Training in Spiritual Direction students may be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or 3.0 for PhD, ThD, DPC, DMin, MACO, & MAMFT applicants).
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials.