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National University

National University

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy

Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Location:

National University - Bakersfield
4560 California Avenue
Suite 300
Bakersfield, CA 93309-1150
(661) 864-2360

National University - Carlsbad
705 Palomar Airport Road
Suite 150
Carlsbad, CA 92011-1064
(760) 268-1500

National University - Costa Mesa
3390 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1502
(714) 429-5100

National University - Fresno
20 E River Park Place West
Fresno, CA 93720-1551
(559) 256-4900

National University - Los Angeles
5245 Pacific Concourse Drive
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90045-6905
(310) 662-2000

National University - Rancho Cordova/Sacramento
10901 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 855-4100

National University - Redding
760 Cypress Avenue
Suite 210
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 226-4000

National University - San Bernardino
804 East Brier Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408-2815
(909) 806-3300

National University - Stockton
3520 Brookside Road
Stockton, CA 95219-2319
(209) 475-1400

National University - Kearny Mesa/San Diego
3678 Aero Court
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 309-3400

National University - Woodland Hills
6300 Canoga Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 932-2460

National 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



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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.  

Program Start 


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Religious orientation


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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Application Process

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

GRE Requirement

None (see GPA requirement)

Prerequisite Courses

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.

Application highlights

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement


National University accepts and reviews applications year round, and qualified applicants can begin classes any month of the year, depending on your program and location of choice.
— National University

Program Summary

(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

  1. Assess and diagnose psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders, or problems in living in diverse couples, and families within various mental health settings.
  2. 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.
  3. Develop appropriate strategies and treatment plans for successful clinical interventions with couples, families, children, and adolescents in various clincial contexts.
  4. Apply therapeutic interventions with diverse clients within the context of child, couples, and family counseling.