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Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Science in Counseling, Option in Marriage and Family Therapy

64 units


Prospective students should seek advising from the Graduate Studies Office.

Current and admitted students will be assigned a faculty advisor.

Applying to the Program

Fall 2016 Deadline: January 15, 2016

Application Process

Application Packet »

Information Sessions

Prospective students are encouraged to attend a Graduate Programs general information session.

MFT Info Sessions

Fri, Oct 16, 2015 3:30pm EED building (formerly ED1), room 41

Graduate Programs General Info Sessions

Fri, Oct 9, 2015 3:30pm EED building (formerly ED1), Lobby
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 3:30pm EED building (formerly ED1), Lobby
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 3:30pm EED building (formerly ED1), Lobby
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 3:30pm EED building (formerly ED1), Lobby

Program Overview

Students in this option will prepare for licensed independent MFT or LPCC practice to work in private practice, community-agency settings, government-court settings, hospitals, clinics, Employee Assistance Programs, and city-county-state agencies to provide counseling services for adults, children, families and couples.

Areas of Training

  • Trauma and grief work
  • Spirituality and counseling
  • Family systems treatment models
  • Human sexuality
  • Child and adolescent counseling
  • Alcohol and chemical dependency
  • Cross-cultural interventions
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Couples and group therapy
  • Clinical case formulation

Program Highlights

  • Fully accredited by WASC; approved by Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiner
  • 2-3 year program (full-time student)
  • Preparing for California State licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Outstanding multicultural clinical faculty
  • No GRE required
  • On-site clinic
  • Live supervision
  • Community practice sites

Program Goals

Practitioner Focus

Provide training in traditional and managed-care approaches noting DSM-V and family systems assessment/diagnosis which should result in effective treatment plans and service delivery.


Integrate research, theory, and practice in a cohesive manner that comprehensively and appropriately addresses the social, emotional, and developmental aspects of diverse populations with sensitivity and skill.

Our Graduates

The majority of MFT graduates work for an organization (Department of Public Social Services, Children’s Protective Services, colleges, schools, hospitals, clinics, etc.) or develop their independent practice.

2015 MFT Cohort

2015 MFT Cohort

last updated — Sep 17, 2015