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Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy (Counseling Psychology as of Fall 2020) Overview

Program Title Change Effective Fall 2020

As of Fall 2020, the Marriage and Family Therapy program will be renamed the Counseling Psychology program. This new degree title more accurately reflects the program curriculum that includes preparation for both the Marriage and Family Therapy License (LMFT) and License for Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). Students will be prepared to work in private practice, community-agency settings, government-court settings, hospitals and clinics, Employee Assistance Programs, and city-county-state agencies to provide counseling services for adults, children, families and couples. Please note that the curriculum will not change with the new degree program title, and all students will continue to complete the program per the existing curriculum in the CSULB Catalog.

The Fall 2020 application cycle is closed, the application the deadline was January 15, 2020. The next application cycle will be for Fall 2021. We expect to have information about the 2021 deadline in summer, and the new application packet will be available October 1, 2020. Please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office at for any questions and to be added to our Prospective Student list for this program.

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-year, 2.5-year, and 3-year track available
  • 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 our graduates work for an organization (Department of Public Social Services, Children’s Protective Services, colleges, schools, hospitals, clinics, etc.) or develop their independent practice.