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Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University


M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 338-4562

Loyola Marymount University M.A. in MFT 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


WASC, approved by the American Art Therapy Association

Concentrations/Specializations Offered

The LMU program leads to a Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy with specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy only; there is no generalized MFT program.

Length of Program

2 years full-time or 3 years part-time
(Students have the option of enrolling in a three year part-time program. The part-time program requires day-time attendance in classes and strict adherence to a specified course sequence.)


Most courses meet during the daytime hours unless otherwise noted.

Program Start 


Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

The University is institutionally committed to Roman Catholicism and takes its fundamental inspiration from the combined heritage of the Jesuits, the Marymount Sisters, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. This Catholic identity and religious heritage distinguish LMU from other universities and provide touchstones for understanding our threefold mission.

Entering Class Size

The application rates vary from year to year; however, we accept approximately one-third of the applicant pool.

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

The student is able to accumulate up to 840 hours with 420 direct client contact hours toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

We highly recommend that our students engage in personal therapy.  The program places a great emphasis on this form of experiential learning.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

The student carries out a research project and writes a research report under the direction of a faculty member.

Application Process

Application Deadline

December 1

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

None, the admissions committee considers the whole application in the review process.

GRE Requirement

GRE scores or a satisfactory score of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test. We recommend all applicants take one of these exams prior to applying to ensure a complete application.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisites in Art
A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hour credits (or twenty-seven [27] quarter-hour credits) of study in studio art which demonstrates proficiency and disciplined commitment in art making. It is imperative that the applicant evidence a range of experience using a variety of art materials and processes. The art prerequisites are not named, but they must be studio art courses that involve art-making and have course prefixes that indicate they are art-making courses. Art history, art appreciation and any other non-art-making courses are not considered studio art and will not be counted as a prerequisite. 

Prerequisites in Psychology
A minimum of twelve (12) semester hour credits (or eighteen [18] quarter-hour credits) of study in psychology, which must include developmental psychology (child, adolescent, or lifespan) and abnormal psychology.

Prerequisites do not have to be part of your undergraduate program. They can be completed at accredited community colleges, colleges and universities and should be completed in the specific disciplines of studio art and psychology.

Application highlights

Complete applications are reviewed first. A complete application includes all art and psychology pre-requisites documented on transcripts, a Bachelor's degree documented on a transcript, prerequisite checklist form, test score, autobiography, portfolio with thumbnail list and statement, letters of recommendation, and online video interview.

Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should focus on relevant professional, volunteer and/or mental health experience. When filling out the online application, you will need to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. The recommenders will then receive an automated email prompting them with instructions on how to submit an electronic letter on your behalf. To ensure that your letters of recommendation are received by the deadline, please initiate this process early enough to allow your recommenders to submit the letters on time.

Ten to fifteen page autobiography with emphasis on personal life experiences and pivotal points making reference to psychological content.

Portfolio and Statement
A portfolio of art work is required which should include a variety of media in 10-15 images with statements on three (3) images. 

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Online Interview: In early Fall a link will be provided to the video recording platform along with complete instructions for recording your interview. 

Candidates who advance to an in-person interview are required to attend a weekend group interview

Provides graduates with academic requirements for California state licensure (MFT) and registration by the American Art Therapy Association (ATR).
— Loyola Marymount University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Loyola Marymount University's Marital and Family Therapy Graduate program provides a full-time two year education that combines rigorous academic course work with two clinical traineeships. A modified three-year program allows students to fulfill program requirements at a slower pace but still requires daytime class attendance.

Students are trained to integrate their visual art backgrounds with psychotherapeutic skills as they work with a variety of clients, including children, adolescents, adults and families. The training fully prepares students to become practicing marital and family therapists committed to utilizing art processes in their work as psychotherapists.

The program:

  • Integrates art therapy training within a family systems orientation informed by a psychodynamic perspective
  • Features small classes where individualized approaches to learning are encouraged
  • Embraces a multicultural focus throughout the curriculum
  • Maintains practicum sites creating a network of diverse, well-respected training facilities
  • Is the center of a network of successful alumni in positions of leadership in both clinical and educational institutions
  • Provides graduates with academic requirements for California state licensure (MFT) and registration by the American Art Therapy Association (ATR)
  • Is approved by the American Art Therapy Association and has a long history of leadership in art therapy education
  • Provides community outreach clinical programs through the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic
  • Offers a summer immersion program in Central Mexico
  • Publishes the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy

One of the biggest draws to the Marital and Family Therapy Graduate program is LMU's collaboration with the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This summer program is designed to broaden the experiences of LMU students with art therapy training in the arts, language and culture of Mexico.

While obtaining a master's degree in Marital and Family Therapy at LMU, students are strongly encouraged to attend the summer program at which they are able to fulfill degree requirements and broaden their appreciation for Mexican culture.

The intercultural learning is enriched by the inclusion of Mexican students participating in an LMU-sponsored certificate program in art therapy at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

A limited number of students currently enrolled in AATA-approved art therapy programs and who have finished at least one year of study are welcome to attend. We are offering a one week course in Family Art Therapy, a one week course in Multiculturalism and Art Therapy and a one week fieldwork experience. Students may enroll in one, two or all three of the classes but must enroll in the Multiculturalism class (second week) if they intend to join the fieldwork (third week). All our classes are structured to include dialogue between American and Mexican psychotherapists.