MFT California
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California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge


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

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

ED 1218
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

(818) 677-2599

CSUN Educational Psych. & Counseling Dept. Program Page
CSUN M.S. in Counseling, Option in Marriage and Family Therapy Program Site

Program Curriculum Coordinator: Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D.
Program Student Coordinator: Stanley Charnofsky, Ed.D.

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

7 semesters, 2.5 years


Students are placed in either a Monday/Wednesday Cohort or Tuesday/Thursday Cohort. Both meet from 4:00-10:00pm in the first year and either 4:00-10:00 pm or 1:00-7:00 pm in the second year. All students must stay with their assigned cohort.

Program Start 


Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation


Entering Class Size


Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

600 Hours Fieldwork Requirement = 500 Clinical Hours and 100 Supervision Hours

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

10 personal psychotherapy sessions

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Option 1: Comprehensive Examination: Involves writing 8-10 papers over two semesters and a timed written exam is held approximately four (4) weeks before the end of the final semester.
Option 2: Master's Project: Involves conducting a review of the literature and applying this knowledge to develop a professionally relevant "project," such as a group curriculum, training video, educational website, program evaluation, or training manual.
Option 3: Master's Thesis: Involves conducting a qualitative or quantitative study in the area of marriage and family therapy, such as measuring the effectiveness of a program, conducting a survey, or interviewing families about their experiences in therapy.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Early Bird Deadline: mid-December
Standard Deadline: early January
(specific dates change, check website for current deadlines)

Undergraduate GPA Required

At least a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) in last 60 semester/ 90 quarter units attempted.

GRE Requirement

If cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, score at or above the 50th percentile on one of the three sections of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), [i.e., verbal, quantitative, or analytical or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Prerequisite Courses

• Development & Learning Early Childhood Education
• Fundamentals of Counseling and Guidance
• Educational Statistics for Research & Measurement
• Behavior Disorders

Application Requirements

Personal Statement
Personal statement that explains your professional and personal goals. Two single- or double-spaced printed pages. The personal statement should include the following:

  1. Your career goals
  2. Your reasons for applying to this program
  3. A brief description of your past experiences–paid and volunteer–that are relevant to the program to which you are applying including:
    - Length of time employed in relevant work to program applied
    - Actual work performed
    - Significant or unique experiences
    - A description of your background or experience relating to cultural or ethnic minority populations.

Current Resume 
Include both paid and volunteer experiences.

Submit two letters of recommendations, either as letters or on departmental form. Letters must be from people who know your academic or professional work; personal references are not accepted.

Interview Requirement

An on-campus, by-invitation-only interview is required for admission. Because of the large number of applicants, not all applicants will be invited for interviews.


Using a learning-centered, outcome-based pedagogy, our cutting-edge curriculum balances academic knowledge with clinical practice to ensure all students develop the real-world skills they need to succeed throughout their careers.
— California State University, Northridge

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

  • Mission: Our mission is to train competent marriage and family therapists to serve the needs of individuals, couples, children, and families in the the diverse communities of Southern California. We seek to provide a supportive, engage learning environment that enables our students to develop effective working relationships with diverse clients, competency in contemporary therapy theories, and a solid foundation in the field's evidence-base. Our students are prepared to provide services in community, public, and private mental health settings and eventually to serve as leaders in the field. Many students also choose to pursue doctoral studies upon graduation.
  • Licensure: The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) option within the M.S. degree in Counseling is an approved program and provides students with competency in the content areas required by the State Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). It also qualifies you to sit for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) exam. Upon graduation students qualify for registration as an MFT Intern to gain further hours towards licensure.
  • National Accreditation: Our program is nationally accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE; connected with AAMFT) and is one of two such accredited program in the region. This accreditation ensures that our program adheres to the highest national standards for training in marriage and family therapy. This accreditation also makes it easier to transfer hours and educational experiences to qualify for licensure in another state. We make ongoing efforts to keep our accreditation current, which is granted by an external agency and therefore cannot be guaranteed by the university.
  • Our Curriculum: Designed to teach practical skills as well as master academic knowledge, our 64-67 unit curriculum provides students with a cutting edge, comprehensive foundation for successfully entering contemporary practice settings. Our program is an afternoon/evening cohort (7 semesters over 2 and a half years). Students must successfully complete all pre-requistes prior to beginning the program. The curriculum and/or fieldwork requirements are subject to change based on changes in state licensing and accreditation requirements.
  • Our Faculty: The faculty in CSUN's MFT program are nationally recognized leaders in the field of couple and family therapy. They are dedicated to ensuring students have a good learning experience and succeed in their journey to become a licensed professional.
  • Our Students: Our students share an enthusiasm and commitment to becoming skilled clinicians. We have a diverse student body, varying in age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religious background, immigrant status, and family structure, among other things, which creates an ideal climate for learning to become a family therapist.