M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy
National University - Bakersfield
4560 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93309-1150
National University - Carlsbad
705 Palomar Airport Road
Carlsbad, CA 92011-1064
National University - Costa Mesa
3390 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1502
National University - Fresno
20 E River Park Place West
Fresno, CA 93720-1551
National University - Los Angeles
5245 Pacific Concourse Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-6905
National University - Rancho Cordova/Sacramento
10901 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
National University - Redding
760 Cypress Avenue
Redding, CA 96001
National University - San Bernardino
804 East Brier Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408-2815
National University - Stockton
3520 Brookside Road
Stockton, CA 95219-2319
National University - Kearny Mesa/San Diego
3678 Aero Court
San Diego, CA 92123
National University - Woodland Hills
6300 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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.
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Length of Program
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- National University’s academic year is divided into four twelve-week quarters, each composed of three one-month classes.
- Classes are held two evenings each week from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
- Graduate students meet for a final session on the last Saturday of the four- week term, either from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
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Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
Students must obtain a total of 225 hours (MFT) or 280 hours (LPCC) of face-to-face counseling experience at an approved practicum site with a designated practicum site supervisor during the practicum class.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of individual, marital, family, and group psychotherapy before taking PSY 611B and another 15 hours before graduation for a total of 25 hours.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
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Undergraduate GPA Requirement
Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better, or a grade point average of 2.75 or higher within the last 90 quarter units.
Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 2.0 to 2.49 and a satisfactory score on one of the following tests:
» Minimum score of 550 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
» Minimum scores of 152 (verbal) and 147 (quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
» Minimum score of 408-413 on the Miller Analogies Test
» An approved, standardized program-specific exam
Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 2.0 to 2.49 and have suc- cessfully completed at least 13.5 quarter units of graduate level coursework with grades of “B” or better at a regionally accredited institution.
Holders of a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited col- lege or university with an overall grade point average of 2.0 to 2.49 may be admitted on a probationary status.
None (see GPA requirement)
Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology must take PSY 501A and PSY 501B as the first two courses in their program. Under exceptional circumstances requests for independent studies in courses without experiential clinical work may be considered for approval by the department.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
(Reprinted from program website.)
The MA Counseling Psychology – MFT Area of Specialization emphasizes marriage and family therapy and is designed for students who are committed to the practice of individual, couples, family, adolescent, and child psychotherapy. This version of the degree meets the academic requirements necessary to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License mandated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California. Students may take courses from the LPCC Area of Specialization as a part of their program if they want to qualify for both licenses.
The MA with MFT specialization may not meet requirements in other states. Students should consult the licensing boards of the appropriate states for information about licensure outside of California
Program Learning Outcomes
- Assess and diagnose psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders, or problems in living in diverse couples, and families within various mental health settings.
- Assess and diagnose psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders or problems in living in children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds within various mental health settings.
- Develop appropriate strategies and treatment plans for successful clinical interventions with couples, families, children, and adolescents in various clincial contexts.
- Apply therapeutic interventions with diverse clients within the context of child, couples, and family counseling.