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Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy 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.

The application period for Fall 2020 admissions will open October 1, 2019.  The University and program applications will be due January 15, 2020. Please note that last year's program application is currently posted and should be used as a reference only.  The Fall 2020 program application will be available October 1, 2019.   Please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office at for any questions and to be added to the list to be notified when information sessions are scheduled in late-fall 2019.

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 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.