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Mount St. Mary's University

Mount St. Mary's University


M.S. in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy

Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Location:

Mount St. Mary's University - Doheny Campus
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 477-2500

Mount St. Mary's University M.S. 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

We also offer the ¡EnlacesCertificate, earned concurrently with the MFT specialization and focusing on counseling the Spanish speaking client.

Length of Program

3 years


Three unit courses meet from 6-9 in the evenings one day a week every Fall, Spring and Summer.

Program Start 


Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

The liberal arts tradition and the Catholic nature of the college give direction to Mount Saint Mary’s University and, as it is an integral part of the college, to the graduate division. Graduate programs flow from the college mission statement and presuppose the components of a liberal arts education, as is evident in the following objectives, developed by the Graduate Council for the teaching and preparation of students at the graduate level.

Entering Class Size

Enrollment is limited to no more than 20 students in each classroom

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

On average, MFT Trainees complete 250 – 300 hours of supervised fieldwork hours.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Personal psychotherapy is required when you are in Psy 269A and B, the fieldwork classes.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Capstone Exam

Application Process

Application Deadline

Priority: March 1

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement—or if you feel that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability—you may submit an application, and provide a brief statement (no more than one page) explaining circumstances or limitations that affected your GPA.

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses

Completion of an Introductory Psychology course. 

(Undergraduate coursework in Psychology or Sociology is preferred.)

Application highlights

Applicants are required to submit an application essay explaining your purpose in undertaking a graduate program in Psychology. This is your opportunity to define your goals, interests and career plans as they relate to your proposed course of study. We are trying to gain a sense of who you are and the distinctive experiences and interests that have motivated you to pursue this degree.

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required from academic or non-academic sources. Recommenders should comment on an applicant’s ability to perform in the program’s required coursework. 

Please outline your educational and professional background and relevant experiences and activities, including community work.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

In addition to submitting a full application, prospective students who are under consideration will be offered an in-person interview with the Program Director or faculty member as part of the decision process.

¡Enlaces! is a certificate program that is embedded into the Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) specialization... Courses designated as ¡Enlaces! are taught in Spanish as an opportunity for students to apply and practice professional psychological terminology and learn about specific cultural factors involved in counseling Spanish-speaking clients.
— Mount St. Mary's University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Why choose Mount Saint Mary’s University for your MFT or psychology graduate degree?

  • Locally recognized and respected
  • Focused on preparation for MFT or LPCC licensure in California
  • Collaborative and culturally focused curriculum
  • Excellent clinical preparation with local partners
  • Affordable and flexible evening classes

What makes our program different?

  • Day & Evening classes
  • Small private liberal arts college
  • One degree offering two exciting specializations
  • Park-like setting in historic downtown LA
  • Enrollment is limited to no more than 20 students in each classroom
  • A curriculum that embraces student diversity
  • ¡Enlaces! Certificate Program for MFT students
  • Faculty represent multiple clinical backgrounds
  • Faculty are experts working within the field