MFT California
Compare masters programs that meet the MFT licensure requirements in California.

California Southern University

California Southern University


M.A. in Psychology

Online Program Only

California Southern University
3330 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, California 92626

(800) 477-2254

California Southern University M.A. in 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


Length of Program

3-4 years


Online only, asynchronous and individually-paced.

Program Start 

Classes start every month

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation


Entering Class Size


Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

285 hours required

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Minimum of 12 hours of individual therapy or 20 hours of family or group therapy

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Comprehensive exam

Application Process

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

2.0 GPA or above

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application highlights

Personal statement, 1-2 pages

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement


You’ll learn about a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques, become attuned to the ethical and cultural issues impacting the field, as well as develop personal traits essential to effective practice, including insightfulness, sensitivity, and integrity.
— California Southern University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

CalSouthern’s Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) is a degree program designed for those interested in pursuing a career in marriage and family therapy or as a licensed clinical counselor. If you’re drawn to helping people with emotional issues or relationship problems, perhaps this degree is right for you. And CalSouthern’s MA degree program is a track toward licensure in the state of California; the program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist or as a licensed professional clinical counselor. (Since these requirements change periodically, you’re encouraged to maintain contact with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to remain informed about all licensing requirements. The program may or may not meet the educational requirements of other states. Of course, CalSouthern’s faculty and staff stand ready to give guidance, answer questions, and provide any support you might need as you progress through the MA program.)

CalSouthern’s MA is will teach you a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques to improve, restore, or maintain the mental health of individuals, couples, and families. You’ll develop the personal qualities that are essential to effective therapeutic practice, including sensitivity, insightfulness, compassion, and integrity. You’ll also become attuned to ethical and multicultural issues that pertain to marriage and family therapy as well as professional clinical counseling.

While the MA is a long-term commitment, it is the CalSouthern degree program that’s your fastest and most direct path to licensure in the state of California. It will also provide the foundational, master’s-level knowledge to prepare you for CalSouthern’s doctoral program, should you decide to pursue your PsyD. 

Regardless of your ultimate educational and career goals, once you enroll in the MA, you’ll become a valued member of the CalSouthern community. This means that you’ll be mentored by a faculty comprised of mental health practitioners who are accomplished experts in their fields, as well as dedicated and gifted educators with special expertise in CalSouthern’s online learning methodology. You’ll also be supported by an administration and staff that make your satisfaction and your success their number-one priority. It’s what sets CalSouthern apart from other online universities and it’s something we take great pride in.