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California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University

M.S. in Counseling Psychology

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Locations:

California Lutheran University - Thousand Oaks
60 West Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 492-2411

California Lutheran University - Westlake Village
31416 Agoura Road #109
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(805) 493-3668

California Lutheran University - Oxnard
2201 Outlet Center Drive, Ste. 600
Oxnard, CA 93036
(805) 493-3051

California Lutheran University M.S. in Counseling Psychology Program Page

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.

Program Snapshot



Concentrations/Specializations Offered

  • Latino Counseling
    This track allows students and mental health professionals to focus on counseling within the context of the Latino cultural perspective. This class is taught in English. No Spanish is required.
  • Family Mediation
    This track prepares students and licensed professionals to work as Family Court mediators by exploring mental health and child development within the context of family disputes, legal issues, and resolution models.
  • The Recovery Model
    This track offers an in-depth exploration of the varied approaches to mental illness recovery, including assessment methods, analysis, and application of behavioral and social learning principles.
  • Attachment Theory
    Through collaboration with a renowned expert on attachment and the Mandalay Clinic, which meets the needs of women and children in the Oxnard area, this track integrates community-based field work with theories on attachment. Students and licensed professionals develop expertise on attachment and provide interventions to at-risk mothers and infants in Ventura County.
  • Psychological Trauma
    In the fall semester, "Psychological Trauma: Concepts and Theories" is structured as a survey class emphasizing the fundamental concepts, models, and theories of trauma. In the spring semester, "Psychological Trauma: Treatment and Intervention" focuses on trauma treatment and related issues.

Length of Program

2-year full-time program or 3-year part-time program.


On-campus with a full-time or part-time course load. Each year, two cohorts are created in Oxnard and two in Thousand Oaks. (One summer and one fall cohort in each location.) Classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening, and some classes are offered on Saturdays.

Late afternoon and evening classes Monday through Thursday 4:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Daytime classes Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m.

If you are accepted into the Marital and Family Therapy program, you will be assigned to a cohort in either Thousand Oaks or Oxnard. (You can identify your location preference during the application process.) Once you begin the program at one location, you will continue all program requirements at that same location.

Program Start 

Fall or Summer

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

All are welcome.

The Office of Mission & Identity provides a place at Cal Lutheran for people who are exploring and deepening faith, seeking to be God's hands in the world. We accompany and support people at the intersection of faith, life purpose, and service to others, because people who discover and follow their purpose can transform a community—and the world." No mention of faith on graduate school section.

(no mention of religious orientation in program descriptions)

Entering Class Size

25 students per cohort

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Up to 750 hours

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

20 hours

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Community Outreach Project
In addition to the 60-unit program, students in practicum are required to complete one community outreach presentation during their practicum, but are highly encouraged to do additional work if possible. They may choose the topic of the presentation and which group they wish to present to (a school, agency, clinic, etc.); however, this must be approved by the Director prior to the presentation. Verification that the presentation has been completed must be submitted and will be stored in the trainee's file. The purpose of the community outreach presentation is to foster trainee professional development, strengthen student networking skills, and to educate the community of available services and resources at our Community Counseling Centers.

Comprehensive Exams
Students in the program are preparing to become licensed Marital and Family Therapists or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. Students are exposed to the types of questions in the licensing exams, the computer application of the examination, and a time limit consistent with the licensing exam. This is a unique opportunity to practice for licensing during their training.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Mid-January for Fall start

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Typically accepts students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, however interested students with a lower GPA are encouraged to submit GRE scores with their application.

GRE Requirement

The general test for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is recommended but not required. The test should be taken within the past 5 years. 50th percentile on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scales is preferred. The psychology subject test of the GRE is recommended but not required.

Prerequisite Courses

At least 3 credit hours of statistics Additional 9 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate psychology courses

Application highlights

  • Personal Statement
  • Two (2) Recommendation Forms: Must be professional or academic references
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

If you are selected to interview for the Marital and Family Therapy program, we will contact you to visit campus for a mandatory half-day interview. (International and out-of-state students may substitute campus interviews with Skype interviews, but campus interviews are preferred.) During the campus interview, you will be asked to meet both individually and in a group setting. Interview questions range from inquiries about professional goals to personal areas of strengths and weaknesses.

The Marital and Family Therapy program emphasizes a systemic understanding of the human experience in its varied contexts. We encourage respect for the diversity of people and their lifestyles, beliefs, values, and aspirations.
— California Lutheran University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Students in our Counseling Psychology program graduate well-prepared for a successful career as professional therapists. The program focuses on teaching students a relational and systemic model for providing counseling services.

Our graduates have an outstanding record of obtaining internships, passing licensing examinations (MFT), and establishing successful practices in both private practice and institutional settings.

The Marital and Family Therapy program emphasizes a systemic understanding of the human experience in its varied contexts. We encourage respect for the diversity of people and their lifestyles, beliefs, values, and aspirations.

Students are trained in a range of theoretical models designed to help understand the complexity of issues people face throughout their lifespan. Systemic thinking is encouraged to allow students to appreciate the interpersonal and interdependent aspects of motivation, emotion, and behavior. Additionally, our students have the unique opportunity to experience the integration of their classroom learning with applied clinical work in our two Community Counseling Centers. This in-depth integration of clinical and scientific literature with actual professional service to the public allows you to cultivate your professional identity throughout the program.