M.S. in Counseling, Specialization in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 278 - 6011
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 full-time
Full-time or part-time. Courses are offered from 9:00-11:50 a.m., 1:00-3:50 p.m., 4:00-6:50 p.m., and 7:00-9:50 p.m. Students are typically on campus 2-3 days a week. During the last three semesters, students also complete fieldwork, which requires them to be available during the day. Fieldwork is generally 2-3 days a week, and students attend classes in the evening or on different days.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
Approximately 22 students (no more than 30)
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
A minimum of 600 clock hours
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
A minimum of five (5) individual, couple, or group 50-minute counseling sessions
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Written Examination. All students in the M.S. in Counseling program must enroll in EDC 500 during their first semester in the program and complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). In addition, all students must prepare a final case study paper on a selected client from their current fieldwork experience.
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter units).
A 3-unit undergraduate-level multicultural course is recommended but not required prior to admission into the program. Relevant experience in the field, either paid or volunteer, is important.
- Written statement(s) delineated in application;
- Professional letters of recommendation (3 total);
- Relevant work experience.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Selected applicants, based on paper screening of completed applications, will be invited for an In-Person Admission Evaluation.
(Reprinted from program website.)
The Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Specialization is designed to provide students with all the educational competencies required by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). The program trains professionals to work in a variety of settings, including community agencies, county and state agencies, hospitals and private practice, and prepares students to provide consulting to businesses and agencies. Emphasis is placed on developmental and preventative concerns, especially those of children.