Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program will prepare you to lead as a culturally competent therapist who can critique and transform systems in public mental health clinics, schools and private practice. You will be trained to address a spectrum of challenges such as relationship stressors, family dysfunction, parenting concerns, and behavioral difficulties facing families, couples, adults and children. The program meets the requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. With the completion of the program and fulfillment of other state-mandated requirements, you will be eligible for the State of California’s Marriage and Family Therapy license.

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Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) students

Curriculum Overview

The program includes specific research- and practice-based courses that help students to apply state-of-the-art research to innovative practice.

Coursework Examples

  • Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling: Research and Practice
  • Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

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Field experiences is the program’s advanced practice course, in which students receive supervision for their practice of marriage and family therapy in the field. 1,300 hours of supervised clinical work are conducted during the program toward the 3,000 required for licensure.

Rachel Koonse

People are saying

Some know exactly where they want to go, and others are still finding their passion within the world of MFT. Each student has their own unique identity, and sharing my story and learning about others made my education that much more meaningful.

Rachel Koonse – MFT – ‘15


The Admissions Committee seeks students whose academic background, professional goals, and communication skills, both written and oral, meet the demands of the program, and show promise for a successful career as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

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Aiddee Tellez
Assistant Director
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
(213) 205-3827