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“Coming out of the pandemic, I found myself at a crossroads, personally and professionally,” said Kate Barker, a graduate student in SPU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. “The MFT program at SPU provided a welcoming path on which I am becoming more of who I want to be. While challenging and rigorous, the program is personal and compassionate.”

As a Christian university, Seattle Pacific emphasizes a holistic, systemic, and relational view of clinical care, and MFT students identify as mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples, and family systems.

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Kate Barker, a graduate student in SPU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program.

The master of science program, with 70 required credits, takes two years to complete for full-time students; three years on a part-time basis.

“The MFT faculty provide more than robust training and engagement in the classroom. The faculty model genuine care and presence, fostering deep relationships within the program and cohort,” Barker said. “I am so grateful to be growing with my cohort as I prepare for the next chapter of my professional career.”

The application deadline for the Autumn 2024 cohort closes on Jan. 11, 2024.



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