M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA. 90747
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.
Length of Program
3 years (5 semesters)
Complete evening course of study to accommodate those who work during the day, especially during the first year when classes are offered 2-3 evenings a week.
Fall and Spring cohorts (one class is required to take during the summer BEFORE Fall session)
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
The program accepts up to twenty-five to thirty (25-30) new students per semester.
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
Minimum 500 hours (250 of those hours must be in workshops, supervision, training, etc. and a minimum of 250 hours must be completed providing direct clinical therapy to clients)
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
While not required it is suggested that applicants for the Marital and Family Therapy Program have had an experience with their own personal therapy and be willing attend some personal therapy sessions while earning this degree.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Written Comprehensive Exam
Comprehensive exams are taken in the sixth semester after the completion of all prerequisites, program courses and three practica.
Oral Comprehensive Exam
The students may take the Oral Comprehensive exam after successful completion of the written comprehensive exam (80% or better) .
- Fall and Spring application opens - October 1st
- Spring application deadline- November 1st
- Fall application deadline - February 1st
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
A grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better in the most recent 60 semester units of upper division course work undertaken as a student.
GRE required - an average GPA of 3.5 waives this requirement, as does a previously acquired masters in another field.
- Theories of Personality
- Research Methods
- Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Sociology of the Family
(all must be upper division courses)
- A letter stating your intent to enter the MFT program
- 2-3 page autobiographical essay explaining your background, interests, experiences, and reason you choose CSUDH.
- 3 references (2 from professors)
- Resume or VITA
- Writing Sample
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Admissions committee will interview qualified applicants.
(Reprinted from program website.)
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 of study, especially during the first year when classes are offered 2-3 evenings a week.
Our entire faculty is degreed/licensed in Marital & Family Therapy and some have been expert contributors to the BBS licensing exam and some have been BBS licensing examiners.
We start our program in the summer (except for students admitted in the Spring cohort). Each student is required in the summer to take an intensive course called MFT 500: Introduction to MFT. This provides the MFT student the perfect opportunity to personally and educationally prepare for the program’s requirements. This course is only offered during the summer and the student must register in it through the Office of Extended Education. Students admitted to the Spring cohort must agree to take this course the following summer.
The MFT Department also provides a mentoring program, where each student in the first year is assigned a mentor from year two or three. That mentee gets weekly mentoring meetings to stay on course with the program and then that mentee will receive training to become a mentor in year two.