MFT California
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California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles

 

M.S. Degree in Counseling, Option in Marriage and Family Therapy

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

(323) 343-3000

CSULA M.S. in Counseling, MFT Option 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

Accreditation

WASC

Concentrations/Specializations Offered

Most of our students complete the School-Based Family Counseling (SBFC) Program. The only difference in the SBFC program versus the “MFT Masters Only” program is four additional courses (EDSP 4000, COUN 5257, COUN 5024 and COUN 5281) and an additional 4 units of fieldwork.

The distinguishing feature of our program is the focus on School-Based Family Counseling, which aims to train marriage and family therapists to work directly in public schools and school-based related agencies. Coursework and fieldwork experience are geared toward the K-12 settings, although not exclusively. This is in contrast to the traditional family therapy model, in which the counselor is not trained to work in school systems. Our students, on the other hand, are trained to work with children and their families within the context of the educational system, utilizing a family systems theoretical orientation.

Length of Program

The SBFC program takes about 2 ½ years to complete depending on the student’s ability to complete the fieldwork courses during the second year-and-a-half. If you are not interested in the LPCC license or the School Counseling credentials, you can complete just the Masters in MFT in two years without a problem.

Schedule/Format

The SBFC program is a full-time late afternoon program that typically takes between two to three years to complete, depending on the student’s ability to complete fieldwork in the second year and whether the student is completing the School Counseling credentials in addition to the MFT masters degree. All of the graduate courses in the SBFC program meet once a week from 4:30-7:15 pm with an additional course on one of those nights from 7:20-10:05pm, Mondays through Fridays with some Saturday courses depending on the availability of classrooms. The MFT Only program (62-65 units) takes about two years to complete, the MFT+ PPS/CWA (73-77 units) between 2 ½ to 3 years. Students need to take four to five courses per semester in the first two years including 15-20 hours per week of fieldwork in the second year or third year in order to complete the program in a timely manner. This includes two courses during the summer semesters.

Program Start 

Fall

Estimated Total Program Tuition

$16,130

Religious orientation

None

Entering Class Size

30-36 admitted each fall

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Minimum 750 hours

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

About 8-10 hours

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Most do comprehensive exams modeled after the BBS exams, but students are allowed to do a thesis in place of exams with advisor approval.

Application Process

Application Deadline

January 15

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

2.75 grade point average in the last 60 semester units attempted. Historically, applicants with a grade point average of 3.0 or better are selected for interviews, although this depends on the quality of the applicants for each year's cohorts.

GRE Requirement

None

Prerequisite Courses

There is one prerequisite course for the program, which may be satisfied by undergraduate coursework: counseling or psychological theories (e.g.; COUN 4500), which must be taken before the first Fall semester.

Application highlights

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Every qualified applicant will be required to participate in a 20-30 minute in person interview with the Program Admissions Committee.

 
The distinguishing feature of our program is the focus on School-Based Family Counseling, which aims to train marriage and family therapists to work directly in public schools and school-based related agencies.
— California State University, Los Angeles

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The Master of Science Degree in Counseling, Option in Marriage and Family Therapy, is designed to train family systems oriented counselors who are eligible to apply for licensure in California as Marriage, Family and Child Therapists . Through the integrated School-Based Family Counseling program, candidates can also qualify for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with Advanced Authorization in School Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance Services. A minimum of 105 units are required depending upon prior coursework and culminating experience. 

The distinguishing feature of our program is the focus on School-Based Family Counseling, which aims to train marriage and family therapists to work directly in public schools and school-based related agencies. Coursework and fieldwork experience are geared toward the K-12 settings, although not exclusively. This is in contrast to the traditional family therapy model, in which the counselor is not trained to work in school systems. Our students, on the other hand, are trained to work with children and their families within the context of the educational system, utilizing a family systems theoretical orientation.