Major (13051) Academic Plan Code (331002MSS)
The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to prepare students for practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. The student must complete, in consultation with an adviser, an official program of study that includes a minimum of 65 units of 600- and 700-numbered required and elective courses. To fulfill the educational requirements to qualify for California state licensure in marriage and family therapy, as published by the Board of Behavioral Sciences Laws and Regulations relating to the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy, Licensed Social Work, and Licensed Educational Psychologists, article 4980.40, students must complete an additional two to ten units, depending on the students’ designed official program of study. The program is grounded in family systems theories and practice and has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
Included within the course requirements are the clinical experiences of Practicum and Traineeship. Through the practicum and traineeship courses, students must complete a minimum of 300 direct clinical hours of experience with individuals, couples, and families. One hundred hours of experience must be relational hours with couples and families. Students must have a minimum of 100 hours of supervision, consisting of both individual and group supervision. Fifty of the supervision hours must be live, videotaped, or audio taped supervision methods. All students must purchase professional liability insurance to participate in the clinical experience component of the program.
Admission to the program is competitive and includes both a written application and group interview. Applicants are evaluated for academic, interpersonal, multicultural, and professional readiness.
Submit the following in the supplementary program application:
- Three letters of recommendation;
- Personal statement;
- Curriculum vitae or resume.
For more information contact:
Department of Counseling and School Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy Program