MFT California
Compare masters programs that meet the MFT licensure requirements in California.

Holy Names University

Holy Names University


M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

(510) 436-1000

Holy Names University M.A. in Counseling Psychology 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

Students may also obtain a certificate in Trauma Theory and Treatment. If interested, please ask your advisor about this option.

Length of Program

No longer than 3 years


Designed for the working adult, all classes are offered late afternoons and evenings Mondays through Thursdays. Some Saturday classes are required.

Program Start 

Fall, Spring, Summer

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

Holy Names University, rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, empowers a diverse student body for leadership and service. Guided by the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, HNU is a progressive, inclusive, and rigorous academic community offering a liberal arts and professional education. We prepare students to think critically and imaginatively, to understand and employ the various modes of knowledge, to communicate clearly and persuasively, and to promote the common good.

Entering Class Size


Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Hours gained as a MFT trainee (pre-graduate designation) will be counted up to 1300 with a minimum of 225 (MFT) and will be added to post-graduate hours as a registered intern.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

24 hours of Personal Psychotherapy

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Students complete a culminating paper and take an oral exam.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions

The school works with applicants to set an individualized priority deadline by which all applications materials should be received in order to set up an interview in time for the beginning of the desired semester.

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

2.6 GPA, but lower GPA may be considered if applicant addresses extenuating circumstances in their personal statement.

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses

Applicants to any counseling psychology program must have completed an undergraduate general psychology course.

Application highlights

Personal Statement
Holy Names University and the faculty of the Counseling Psychology Programs are committed to students’ development of ethical practice, awareness of clinical competence, and assessment of personal fitness for the profession. In a three to five page document, discuss the following topics (see a.-e. below) and how they might relate to your future career. We look forward to learning more about you through this exploration:

  • Discuss how your personal life/work/school experiences may have influenced your current educational path. How did those experiences prepare you to think critically and consider perspectives? How did your life/work/school experiences prepare you to be ready emotionally for a counseling program at the graduate level?
  • Define and discuss the difference between sympathy and empathy. Discuss how your life/work/school experiences contributed to development of the capacity for empathy. Why that might be important for a counselor.
  • Therapeutic success hinges on being able to build a good rapport between clinician and client. Discuss your capacity to form meaningful interpersonal relationships with a wide range of different kinds of people, both individually and in small groups.
  • We belong to and participate in a diverse society.
  • We recognize that we all have individual, well developed perspectives and they can be biased. Being aware of all forms of diversity and your own possible biases is necessary when working in community mental health. Please reflect about forms of diversity in our geographical area, your own possible/known biases and how you might cope with these biases should they arise in a well-established therapeutic relationship. Discuss how this particular program can help you meet your career goals. Interview with the program director (contact your enrollment counselor for more information)

Two recommendations from previous professors or current or previous work supervisors.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Interview with the program director (contact your enrollment counselor for more information).

HNU offers the only Traumatology and Treatment Certificate on the West Coast.
— Holy Names University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Our 63 unit degree prepares its graduates for a career as a counselor or psychotherapist. Students will gain theoretical and applied knowledge of the counseling field through classroom learning and supervised field placement experience. Graduating students are prepared to apply for licensure by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) and as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). Those who wish to be licensed as an LPCC will need to take an additional class, offered by the program, in Career Counseling. Students are taught information current to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy, as we continually update our program to meet the requirements set by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and to remain current in the field.

Students may also obtain a certificate in Trauma Theory and Treatment. If interested, please ask your advisor about this option.