Marital and Family Therapy

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MFT admission application for Spring 2015 has been cancelled and will reopen for Fall 2015.

Program Description

Marital and Family Therapy program participantsThe Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy is a five-semester, 60 unit degree program which prepares students to become couple and family psychotherapists and to take the examination for the Marriage and Family Therapy license offered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California. The program is based on three disciplines: behavioral sciences, psychology, and sociology. The basic areas of study include Theories of Marital and Family Counseling, Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques, Communication, Human Sexuality, Studies of Domestic Violence and Partner Abuse, Laws and Professional Ethics, Child and Elder Abuse, Cross Cultural Family Values, Life Span Development, Psychopathology, Assessment, Treatment of Trauma, Relationship Therapy, Psychopharmacology, Treatment of Substance Abuse, and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. In addition to extensive academic study of theories and techniques of marriage, family, and child counseling, students receive practical, supervised training aimed at satisfying a minimum of 500 of the 3,000 hours required prior to eligibility for the licensing examination.

  • Fall application deadline - February 1st
  • Spring application deadline - November 15th

The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy Program is focused on providing a comprehensive approach to relationship therapy primarily within marriages, families, and couples; groups, the work environment, and community-based mental health are also included. Students may specialize in one of several areas according to their interests and abilities. The program will also prepare students to take the examination for the Marital and Family Therapy (M.F.T.) license offered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California.


The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy at CSU Dominguez Hills is one of only a few publicly supported programs in Southern California offering a complete evening course of study to accommodate those who work during the day.


To qualify for admission to the Marital and Family Therapy Program certain prerequisite courses are required. They include:

  1. Theories of Personality
  2. Research Methods
  3. Abnormal Psychology
  4. Developmental Psychology
  5. Sociology of the Family

Career Possibilities

This program's main function is to prepare students to become licensed Marital & Family Therapists. Marital & Family Therapists can work in private practice getting clients through referrals, direct advertising, and through contract work with Employee Assistant Programs and health insurance companies. Marital & Family Therapists have been hired by hospitals with a mental health division and they can work at community counseling centers. Counseling centers at schools are also looking for Marital & Family Therapists as well as drug and alcohol treatment centers, shelters for domestic violence, youth centers, the courts, and religiously based counseling centers.

CSUDH MFT Student Handbook [PDF]

Graduate Student Policy Handbook

BBS MFT Student Handbook [PDF]

MFT Packet [PDF]

MFT Program Application [PDF]

Information Sessions

For Fall 2015 Admission
Friday, January 16, 201512pm - 2pmLSU Meeting Room 113

WH = Welch Hall
LSU = Loker Student Union

Please RSVP by calling (310) 243-2545 / (310) 243-2032 or email Rosa Escobar at

Please download and send MFT Program Application to:

Masters of Science Marital and Family Therapy Program - Michael Laurent
California State University Dominguez Hills
College of Health, Human Services and Nursing
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA. 90747

Do not submit electronically