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Pacific Oaks College

Pacific Oaks College

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Blended or Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Locations:

Pacific Oaks College - Pasadena
55 W Eureka St. Pasadena, CA 91103
(877) 314-2380

Pacific Oaks College - San Jose
1245 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128
(877) 314-2380

Off-Site/Blended Program - Trauma Studies Specialization Only

Pacific Oaks College M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy 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

Accreditation

WASC

Concentrations/Specializations Offered

  • African-American Family Studies
  • Latina/Latino Family Studies
  • Trauma Studies
  • Dual Specialization: African-American Family Studies and Trauma Studies

Length of Program

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Schedule/Format

The MFT program (Traditional) will offer a block schedule to include:

  • Morning Block: Wednesdays & Fridays from 9am – 12pm and 6 Saturdays over the semester
  • Evening Block: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7pm – 10pm and 6 Saturdays over the semester

Trauma Studies specialization courses will be offered only on Mondays, as to not conflict with courses in the Traditional, LFS and AAFS programs.

The LFS and AAFS programs are offered in cohort formats. The LFS Cohorts meet six weekends per semester with classes running all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The AAFS Cohorts meet weekly on Wednesday evenings, and all day Saturday and Sunday for 6 scheduled weekends per semester. 

Program Start 

Three terms are offered per year--Fall, Spring and Summer. The fall term usually is the biggest start of the year, however it does vary based on the exact number of students.

Estimated Total Program Tuition

$65,520

Religious orientation

Informed by Quaker principles, Pacific Oaks Children’s School was built to bring an inclusive approach to early childhood education—teaching children to respect and embrace the differences that make others unique. Pacific Oaks College has expanded on this progressive approach to inform their approach to the fields of Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Cultural and Family Psychology, and Organizational Leadership.

Guided by four core values—respect, diversity, social justice, and inclusion—Pacific Oaks College has helped graduates change the world.

Entering Class Size

Varies

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Studentsmust completeaminimumof 225face‐to‐faceclinicaltraineeshiphoursduringa10‐12month training commitment at an approved site as part of their master’s degree requirements. 

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Students are required to complete a total of 36 hours of personal therapy. 

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

MFT students complete a capstone project called Clinical Portfolio. The student’s portfolio project will demonstrate their capacity to apply critical thinking to theory, identify and articulate their role as a therapist, work with families, demonstrate documentation skills, and capacity to connect people with resources that deliver quality services. 

Application Process

Application Deadline

Beginning of August for late August start.

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

None

GRE Requirement

None

Prerequisite Courses

Bachelor's degree

Application highlights

Personal Statement
Describe two challenges in your life you have experienced. Explain what those challenges mean to you and how those challenges will help you pursue your professional goals at Pacific Oaks College. Incorporate one source in your response as a means to support your statement. Lastly, explain how will you contribute and uphold the Pacific Oaks mission and core values during your course work and professional development.

Resume

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation; one must be from a current or previous supervisor.

Essay for specialization

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Yes

 
Pacific Oaks’ Marriage and Family Therapy program offers three specializations centered on addressing the unique challenges that are faced by individuals in these groups:

African-American Family Studies
Latina/Latino Family Studies
Trauma Studies
Dual Specialization: African-American Family Studies/Trauma Studies
— Pacific Oaks College

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Pacific Oaks’ Marriage and Family Therapy program offers three specializations centered on addressing the unique challenges that are faced by individuals in these groups:

  • African-American Family Studies
  • Latina/Latino Family Studies
  • Trauma Studies
  • Dual Specialization: African-American Family Studies and Trauma Studies

Pacific Oaks’ M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program provides students with a robust blend of theory and hands-on practice. By maintaining relationships with clinics and community agencies throughout the greater Los Angeles area, we are able to provide students with extensive opportunities for supervised fieldwork in diverse communities. Serving underrepresented communities allows students to become culturally attuned while developing their clinical skills.

These master’s programs offer multidisciplinary, inclusive curricula based on developmental and family systems theories and evidence based theory and practice. With years of experience in the field, faculty help students maintain a commitment to understanding their patients holistically—taking into account life experiences, culture, oppression, and social political context.