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Notre Dame de Namur University

Notre Dame de Namur University


M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration; M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Art Therapy Specialization

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002

(650) 508-3600

Notre Dame de Namur University MSCP/MFT Program Page

Notre Dame de Namur University Art Therapy Department MA-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 AATA

Concentrations/Specializations Offered

MSCP/MFT: certificate in Gerontology available

MA-MFT: specialized MFT program offered through the Art Therapy department that specializes in Art Therapy

Length of Program

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Courses are conveniently offered in the late afternoon, evening, and weekends.

Program Start 

Fall, Spring, Summer

Estimated Total Program Tuition

MCSP/MFT: $53,760

MA-MFT: $56,448

Religious orientation

Christian MFT program.

As a Catholic institution of higher learning, Notre Dame de Namur University draws its character from three sources:

  • the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, with its spirit of goodness, justice, hope and service to humanity, which encourages us to provide access for the underserved in our society;
  • Catholic Social Teaching, which insists that human institutions and relationships be based on a recognition of the dignity of all human beings and demands social and economic justice for all; and
  • the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, which celebrates the compatibility of faith and reason and welcomes an open and free dialogue among persons of differing religious and intellectual traditions.

Entering Class Size

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Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Data not available

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

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Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

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Application Process

Application Deadline

Summer: April 1
Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Clinical Psychology, MFT
GPA of a 3.0 and above preferred, but 2.5-3.0 considered.

MFT, Art Therapy Specialization
 Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better

GRE Requirement

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Prerequisite Courses

Clinical Psychology, MFT
Five, 3-unit prerequisite undergraduate psychology courses are required (earning a "B-" or better): 

  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Six units of psychology courses from the following list:
    •  Clinical Psychology
    •  Counseling Psychology
    •  Counseling/Psychotherapy Theories
    •  Physiological Psychology
    •  Biological Psychology
    •  Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    •  Social Psychology
    •  Cognitive Psychology
    •  Psychological Assessment
    •  Developmental Psychology
    •  Personality Theories
    •  Other courses approved by the Department Chair

MFT, Art Therapy Specialization

  • A minimum of 12 semester units or 18 quarter units of study in psychology: general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and personality theory. A minimum of 6 semester units (9 quarter units) must be completed prior to applying. Preference is given to candidates who will have completed all required foundation courses/prerequisites.
  • Art prerequisites: Eighteen (18) semester units (twenty seven (27) quarter units which must include the following foundation areas:
    • Studio painting
    • Studio drawing
    • Studio clay/sculpture
  • Please note that a minimum of six semester-units must be completed before admission to the program.

Application highlights

Clinical Psychology, MFT

  • Autobiographical Statement
    An autobiographical statement, generally two-three typed, double-spaced pages describing why you are interested in the field, the program, and NDNU as well as other pertinent personal or professional experience.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from an academic source and one from a professional source.

MFT, Art Therapy Specialization:

  • Portfolio
    Portfolio of original artwork to demonstrate competence with a range of art materials; 10-12 JPEG images on a CD is preferred.
  • Autobiographical Statement
    A three- to four-page autobiographical statement which discusses the applicant's interests in art therapy
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Two recommendation letters

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement


The Art Therapy Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University is the only one of its kind in Northern California. It is unique because it provides a Master of Arts in Art Therapy, which qualifies a student to sit for the Licensed Professional Clinical License (LPCC), as well as a licensure course of study, leading to a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, while preparing the student for a Marriage and Family Therapy License (MFT). Both the MA in Art Therapy and the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy programs prepare students to become a Registered Art Therapist (ATR).
— Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

NDNU’s Clinical Psychology Department (CPD) approaches the study of psychology with a value on the development of the whole person throughout the lifespan. The CPD is grounded in a psychological approach that is integrative, emphasizing the interdependence of psychological, developmental, relational, affective, cognitive, behavioral, cultural, social, neurobiological, and spiritual dimensions of human behavior. The CPD is dedicated to training well-rounded mental health professionals and emphasizes clinical training, community engagement and diversity in its academic, theoretical, and learning approaches. The CPD trains students to become either licensed or unlicensed mental health professionals qualified to pursue careers in medical, mental health, allied health, administration, social service, educational, geriatric, research and business settings, as well as prepare students to pursue future doctoral studies in psychology or a related field.