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Marriage and Family Therapy

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


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 2018 Deadline: January 15, 2018*

Application Process

Application Packet »

* Please note that January 15, 2018 is a holiday. Program application materials must be submitted by Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 5PM. Postmarked applications will NOT be accepted. 

Information Sessions

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Program Overview

Students in this option will prepare for licensed independent MFT 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 and/or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • 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-5 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.



last updated — Oct 3, 2017