M.A. in Marital & Family Therapy
Online and Campus-Based Options
Alliant International University - Irvine
2855 Michelle Dr. #300
Irvine, CA 92606
Alliant International University - Los Angeles
1000 South Fremont Avenue #5
Alhambra, CA 91803
Alliant International University - San Francisco
1 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Alliant International University - San Diego
10455 Pomerado Rd.
San Diego, CA 92131
Alliant International University - Sacramento
2030 W El Camino Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95833
Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.
(Online program is currently WASC-accredited but they expect to have COAMFTE accreditation by August 2017.)
Students in the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy program also have the option to specialize in a field of growing national and international interest and significance by enrolling in our graduate certificate programs. These programs allow students to further enhance their skills for professional advancement. Fields covered by the certificate programs include:
- Chemical Dependency
- Latin American Family Therapy
- LGBT Human Services and Mental Health
- Infant-Preschooler Mental Health
Length of Program
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 2.5-3 years
Day/evening/executive format at all campuses. Part-time and full-time.
Online-only program includes minimum 500 hours of fieldwork at a local site and two weekend seminars at the San Diego campus.
Fall (August) and Spring (January), online starts every 8 weeks
Estimated Total Program Tuition
$69,600, no concentration
Entering Class Size
Cohorts cap at 15 students on average, entire entering class may range from 20-40 students.
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
The MFT practicum program includes 500 hours of direct client contact, 250 with couples or families; students receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision, at least 50 hours of which are based on direct observation or videotape.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
During the program, the student must supplement his or her academic and clinical work with 50 hours of professional development activities. These include approved workshops, colloquia, and seminars. Twenty-five of these hours may involve personal counseling or psychotherapy with a licensed person who is not core faculty at Alliant.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Students in the CFT master’s program must pass a comprehensive exam as a part of their degree program. Students who fail the exam will be offered student-specific remediation plans to ensure they have developed necessary knowledge and competencies. These remediation plans may include retaking the exam, writing papers on specific topics, retaking classes, and/or any other elements deemed necessary by faculty based on the student’s exam performance.
Undergraduate GPA Required
3.0 min (under 3.0 must submit a GPA waiver petition)
Recommended if GPA is less than 3.0 (as part of the GPA waiver petition)
If undergrad GPA is less than 3.0 AND undergrad degree is NOT in psychology or related field, must complete following prerequisite courses with a degree of C or better:
- Introduction to Psychology or General Psychology
- Human Development or Child Development
Submit a current resume or curriculum vita, which includes your experience relative to the field of clinical psychology, including volunteer work if applicable.
Applicants to the Marital and Family Therapy programs must submit an essay as a part of the application. Please respond in one comprehensive essay of 1-3 pages and include your name and the page number at the top of each page. Please discuss:
- Your background
- Your interest in the field
- Any professional organizations to which you belong
- Honors, activities and other creative accomplishments
- Your professional goals.
Recommendations should be from references familiar with your work, your academic abilities, or your potential for scholarship and professional accomplishment. If you have been out of school for several years, please feel free to submit recommendations from persons who are familiar with you on any level of professional involvement.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Faculty interview once all application documents are on file.
(Reprinted from program website.)
Alliant International University’s Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy program is one of only eight COAMFTE-accredited programs in the state of California (currently applies to the on-campus program only.)
Both of Alliant's on-campus and online MFT degree programs are committed to producing compassionate practitioners who are prepared to meet the growing demand for multiculturally competent therapists. Unlike many traditional MFT programs, our master’s program emphasizes inclusivity, focusing on couples and individuals of all kinds, including often disenfranchised groups, including the LGBTQ community.
Additionally, students can specialize in a chosen field and enhance their skills for professional advancement by enrolling in one of our graduate certificate programs, such as the LGBT Human Services and Mental Health Certificate.