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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Semester

  • EDUC 508 | (2 units) | Creating Communities of Interest
  • EDUC 500 | (3 units) | The Counseling Process
  • EDUC 507 | (3 units) | Professional Identity and Law and Ethics for Counselors

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 541 | (3 units) | Theories in Counseling
  • EDUC 546 | (3 units) | Psychopathology for Marriage and Family Therapists

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 515 | (3 units) | Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • EDUC 635 | (3 units) | Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

Year 2

Summer Semester

  • EDUC 547 | (3 units) | Career Development: Theory and Process

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 583 | (3 units) | Counseling through the Lifespan
  • EDUC 570 | (3 units) | Research Methods and Data Analysis for Counselors

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 544 | (3 units) | Measurement Procedures for Counselors
  • EDUC 553 | (3 units) | Psychopharmacology and the Effects of Substance Abuse

Year 3

Summer Semester

  • EDUC 633 | (2 units) | Child and Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 637 | (3 units) | Group Counseling: Theory and Process
  • EDUC 636 | (3 units) | Perspectives on Human Sexuality

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 634 | (3 units) | Counseling Couples in Relationships
  • EDUC 638 | (3 units) | Cross-Cultural Counseling: Research and Practice

Year 4

Summer Semester

  • EDUC 644 | (3 units) | Practicum in Counseling

Fall Semester

  • EDUC 645A | (3 units) | Field Work in Counseling
  • EDUC 646A | (1 units) | Marriage and Family Therapy Capstone: Leadership Project

Spring Semester

  • EDUC 645B | (3 units) | Field Work in Counseling
  • EDUC 646B | (1 units) | Marriage and Family Therapy Capstone: Leadership Project