Marriage and Family Therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy that deals with family patterns of behavior, couples relationships, individuals challenges using a systemic framework to nurture change. They are trained in systems theories and licensed to diagnose mental and emotional diseases. Marriage and family therapists are trained to work in diverse clinical settings and conduct research in the field.
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  • Apply a systemic framework and clinical language in their clinical practice.
  • Develop treatment plans after conducting mental status examination, assessment and diagnosis according   to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders system.
  • Apply theories of psychotherapy to assessments and interventions; 
  • Apply professional ethics and law following Local and International standards;
  • Review and synthesize empirical research in MFT.
Degree Requirements 72 Units
Students without a background in Psychology must take the following undergraduate Prerequisites: PSY 1101, PSY 1105, PSY 3110, PSY 3115 (PSY 3140 recommended).

Core Courses                         39 Units
Concentration courses          15 Units
Elective Courses                      3 Units
Thesis                                        6 Units
Practicum Courses                   9 Units


MFT  6800   Introduction to Family Therapy

MFT  6802   Child Abuse and Family Violence
MFT  6803   Family Therapy with Adolescents and Children
MFT  6804   Publication & Research Presentation
MFT  6805   Group Psychotherapy      
MFT  6806   Supervision in MFT     
MFT  6807   Couples and Sex      
MFT  6809   Family and Divorce Mediation
MFT  6812   Family Assessment
MFT  6813   Life Work and Planning
PSY   6002   Research Methods       
PSY   6220   Professional Ethics and the Law 
PSY   6704   Clinical Psychopathology I: Assessment and Diagnosis


Choose any one track from the following two tracks: 

Family Violence and Trauma

MFT  6819   First Responders, Military Personnel and Trauma
MFT  6820   Substance Abuse and Childhood Trauma
MFT  6821   Culture, Attachment and Trauma
MFT  6822   Domestic Violence and the Family
MFT  6823   Trauma and the Family

Mindfulness and Family Therapy

MFT  6824   Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couples Therapy
MFT  6825   Mindfulness Based-play Family Therapy 
MFT  6826   Mindfulness and Family Therapy 
MFT  6827   Integrating Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy 
MFT  6828   Mindfulness and Art Therapy  


Choose any one course from the following:

MFT  6814   Men and Families
MFT  6815   Couple & Family Therapy with LGBTQ Relationships
MFT  6816   School Counseling Seminar 
MFT  6817   Play Therapy 
MFT  6818   Current Trends in the Field of Family Therapy
PSY   6114   Life Cycle Developmental Psychology 

THESIS  6 Units

MFT  6810   Master’s Thesis I
MFT  6811   Master’s Thesis II


PSY   6771A Clinical Practicum I
PSY   6772A Clinical Practicum II
PSY   6773A Clinical Practicum III


  • B.A. Psychology degree or closely related field is required from an accredited university with a minimum GPA 2.5 on a scale of 4 or Upper Second Class Honors. (An undergraduate degree in a non-psychology field requires completion of psychology pre-requisite coursework prior to full admission.)
  • Graduate application and other required documents indicated on the program application form.
  • An interview with Marriage and Family Therapy, and Psychology faculty.


Graduates of the Marriage and Family Therapy program may pursue careers in private practice, or as lead therapists in the following organizations, and others not listed below:
  • Health / Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Educational Institutions
  • Legal and Correctional Systems
  • International / Government / Social Service Agencies
  • Military Organizations
  • Faith-based Organizations