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Fresno State University

Fresno State University


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

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

Fresno State University
5201 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740

(559) 278-5184

Program Coordinator: Christopher Lucey
(559) 278-0407

Fresno State University M.S. in Counseling, MFCC 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



Concentrations/Specializations Offered

No concentrations within MFT program but students can complete additional coursework for the PS credential (school counseling).

Length of Program

3 years


Most students enroll in 12 units or more a semester.  A full-time graduate load for financial aid purposes is 9-units. However, some students do attend the program on a part-time basis.

Some courses may be offered in the day but all classes are offered in the evenings.  Typically students attend 3-hour long classes.

Program Start 

Fall and Spring

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

20-24 students admitted in both Fall and Spring

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

The student must complete 300 hours of approved fieldwork hours per semester for a total of 600 hours. Students have the option of completing the total 600 hours in one semester but the faculty member supervising the fieldwork course must approve this. 300 of the 600 hours must include providing direct face-to-face counseling services and is required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of experience leading groups.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Encouraged but not required

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Culminating experience, choose between:

  • 4 units of electives plus comprehensive exam
  • COUN 298 Project plus 1 unit of elective
  • COUN 299 Thesis plus 1 unit of elective.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Spring start: August 1 - October 1

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Graduate program applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted and a minimum of 3.0 on any post baccalaureate work at Fresno State. 

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses

It is recommended that these courses be completed or in progress prior to applying to the program.  Please highlight the courses on your unofficial transcripts.  These courses cannot be older than 10 years: 

  • COUN 174 OR PSYCH 174 - Introduction to Counseling
  • COUN 176 -Counseling and Mental Health OR PSYCH 166 or 66 - Abnormal Psychology
  • ERE 153 - Educational Statistics OR the following Fresno State equivalent courses:  PSYCH 144 or 143, SWRK 171 or 176, SOC 125, DS 123, or HS 202.

Application highlights

Statement of Purpose
This is a 1 -2 page, typed statement of your purpose for applying to the program.  Focus on your present situation and your short and long-term professional goals.  The form is included in the program application packet.

3 Letters of Recommendation
Include letters of reference and rubrics from instructors, supervisors, or other individuals who are in a position to evaluate you in terms of your potential for graduate student in the program.  The rubric form is included in the program application packet.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement


A post-graduation survey of December 2015 Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (MFCC) graduates, revealed that 100% of respondents, who were actively seeking positions in the counseling field, found employment. Graduates of the MFCC program are working in a variety of settings, including, non-profit community-based mental health agencies, public and private school districts, county behavioral health systems and private practice settings.
— Fresno State University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The MS Degree program in Counseling with an Option in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling at California State University, Fresno is designed to prepare professional counselors, in accordance with the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association, to serve the mental health needs of an increasingly diverse and changing society throughout the greater central California’s San Joaquin Valley. The Counselor Education program is actively committed to the recruitment and retention of students who reflect the rich ethnic and cultural diversity existing in the greater California State University, Fresno service area. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the academic and practica experiences that prepare them for entry level counseling positions, leading to state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. The Counselor Education faculty is committed to providing a program milieu that offers students the opportunity for professional and personal growth. The learning goals of the program emphasize achieving a firm understanding of the theoretical foundations of counseling and its practical applications, and becoming responsive to the cultural, ethnic, racial, disability, gender, sexual identity, and socio-economic context of individuals, couples, and families.