M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy
Loma Linda University
11065 Campus St.
Loma Linda, CA 92350
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
2 years full-time or 3 years part-time
Mostly, first-year students attend classes on Tuesday and Thursday; and second- year students attend classes on Monday and Wednesday. Full-time employment is discouraged when a student is enrolled for full-time study. Clinical traineeships are usually on days students are not in class.
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Estimated Total Program Tuition
A Seventh-Day Adventist organization with a Christian environment emphasizing integrated learning and whole person care. Students must read and accept the Values and Lifestyle statement before applying.
Entering Class Size
Varies by start date, usually 15-35
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
500 clinical internship hours
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Encouraged but not required. The University provides 9 free therapy sessions per year to students.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination (taken before advancement to candidacy) and an oral examination (taken at the end of the program) is required.
Application deadlines vary according to the academic calendar and are posted.
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
Applicants should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0
or above (on a 4.0 scale) in bachelor's coursework for at least the final 45 units prior to graduation. Applicants with lower grade point averages will be considered if the last 45 quarter credits (30 semester units) of coursework shows significant improvement or if they have additional attributes that demonstrate preparedness and an appropriate fit for Marital and Family Therapy education. Further consideration will also be given to individuals who provide evidence of additional certifications and/or training that illustrate commitment to a career in Marriage and Family Therapy. Anyone who is admitted to the MS in Marital and Family Therapy program with a cumulative G.P.A. below 3.0 will be required to participate in individualized academic assessment and a targeted learning assistance program. Special consideration may be given to applicants with grade point averages as low as 2.75 if the last part of their college work shows significant improvement.
Three Letters of Recommendation
On the application form, individuals are asked to list the names, professional positions and e-mail addresses of three individuals who can recommend them for the MS Marital and Family Therapy program. At least two of the recommenders should be current or former professors who know the applicant’s academic history, and one of the recommenders can be a current or former employer or supervisor. Recommendations from friends, relatives, or co-workers are not acceptable.
Provide a description of their rationale choosing to enroll in the MS Marital and Family Therapy program at Loma Linda University.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Interviews are scheduled with department faculty; on-campus group interviews are scheduled during Winter and Spring quarters; other on- campus and telephone interviews are scheduled individually.
(Reprinted from program website.)
The Loma Linda University MFT is one of the most well-established programs in the state of California and has the distinction of being COAMFTE-accredited. There is a strong emphasis on whole person care and interdisciplinary learning. A Christ-centered approach is utilized to promote wellness for individuals and families. The program is based on the values of compassion, integrity, excellence, freedom, and justice. There is a low faculty to student ratio, which allows for significant academic and professional mentoring. A dual degree option is available for those who would like to pursue a DMFT or PhD in the field.
The MFT program is unique in that there are multidisciplinary settings available within Loma Linda University for its students. These include the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Children's Hospital, the inpatient Behavioral Medicine Center, and the outpatient Behavioral Health Institute.