Course Schedule


The MFT program requires 60 units, offers both full-time and part-time options, and can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students cannot attend the program on less than a part-time basis (6 units per semester).

Sample Full-time Schedule

Year 1

Summer Semester 2017

EDUC 508 | (2 units)

Creating Communities of Interest

Framing the graduate experience for master’s students. Establishing a professional foundation and philosophy as educators.

EDUC 500 | (3 units)

The Counseling Process

Theoretical foundations, models, values, and assumptions underlying psychological counseling; cross-cultural perspectives, ethical and legal considerations.

EDUC 507 | (3 units)

Professional Identity, Law and Ethics for Counselors

History of the field of counseling and professional identity development for counselors are addressed. Examination of current legal, ethical, and other professional issues in counseling.

Fall Semester 2017

EDUC 541 | (3 units)

Theories in Counseling

Theory, research, and practice of psychological counseling.

EDUC 583 | (3 units)

Counseling through the Lifespan

Developmental issues and life events from infancy to old age and their effect upon individuals, couples, and family relationships.

EDUC 546 | (3 units)

Psychopathology for Marriage and Family Therapists

Theories of psychological impairment emphasizing diagnosis of child and family dysfunction. Practice in utilizing DSM-IV classification of case studies.

EDUC 570 | (3 units)

Research Methods and Data Analysis for Counselors

Various research designs and their appropriateness for addressing different research questions. Threats to validity and other challenges in research. Basic statistical methods and their use. Recommended preparation: beginning statistics course.

Spring Semester 2018

EDUC 515 | (3 units)

Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

Major psychotherapeutic orientations relating to family systems, marital relationships, and communications theory applied to the family unit.

EDUC 544 | (3 units)

Measurement Procedures for Counselors

Educational and psychological instruments; psychometric concepts and the rationale for the use of psychological instruments in the counseling relationship.

EDUC 635 | (3 units)

Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
Training in unique diagnostic considerations in working with children and adolescents. Exposure to empirically supported treatment modalities for children and adolescents.

EDUC 553 | (3 units)

Psychopharmacology and the Effects of Substance Abuse

Focus on the effects of psychotropic medication, alcohol, and other substances on behavior. The professional and ethical issues for marriage and family therapists.

Year 2

Summer Semester 2018

EDUC 547 | (3 units)

Career Development: Theory and Process

Theories and process of career development; principles of career and leisure planning and counseling applicable throughout life.

EDUC 633 | (2 units)

Child and Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence

A review of laws governing mandated reporting of child and elder abuse, the procedures involved, as well as etiology, effects, and treatment interventions.

EDUC 644 | (3 units)

Practicum in Counseling

Supervised clinical work with clients, including adults, couples, children, and families.

Fall Semester 2018

EDUC 637 | (3 units)

Group Counseling: Theory and Process

Theory, research, and practice of group counseling. Includes laboratory experience.

EDUC 636 | (3 units)

Perspectives on Human Sexuality

The physiological-psychological and socio-cultural variables associated with sexual identity and sexual behavior with an emphasis upon sexual dysfunctions.

EDUC 645A | (3 units)

Field Work in Counseling

Supervised field experience in a clinical setting.

EDUC 646A | (1 units)

Marriage and Family Therapy Capstone: Leadership Project

An evidence-based leadership project, designed to enhance fieldwork site functioning. Includes needs assessment, literature review, project design, implementation, and evaluation.

Spring Semester 2019

EDUC 634 | (3 units)

Counseling Couples in Relationships

Examines relational development and change, strategies for intervention with couples, and selected issues in couples relationship functioning.

EDUC 638 | (3 units)

Cross-Cultural Counseling: Research and Practice

An examination of the cultural, socioeconomic, and language factors that may affect culturally differentiated populations; alternative cross-cultural counseling approaches.

EDUC 645B | (3 units)

Field Work in Counseling

Supervised field experience in a clinical setting.

EDUC 646B | (1 units)

Marriage and Family Therapy Capstone: Leadership Project

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Part-Time

Year 1

Term 1 – Summer

  • Creating Communities of Interest
  • The Counseling Process
  • Professional Identity and Law and Ethics for Counselors

Term 2 – Fall

  • Theories in Counseling
  • Psychopathology for Marriage and Family Therapists

Term 3 – Spring

  • Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

Year 2

Term 4 – Summer

  • Career Development: Theory and Process

Term 5 – Fall

  • Counseling through the Lifespan
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Counselors

Spring – Term 6

  • Measurement Procedures for Counselors
  • Psychopharmacology and the Effects of Substance Abuse

Year 3

Term 7 – Summer

  • Child and Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence

Term 8 – Fall

  • Group Counseling: Theory and Process
  • Perspectives on Human Sexuality

Term 9 – Spring

  • Counseling Couples in Relationships
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling: Research and Practice

Year 4

Term 10 – Summer

  • Practicum in Counseling

Term 11 – Fall

  • Field Work in Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Capstone: Leadership Project

Term 12 – Spring

  • Field Work in Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Capstone: Leadership Project