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Compare masters programs that meet the MFT licensure requirements in California.

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University

M.A. in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Online & Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Location:

Pepperdine University - Malibu (Day Format)
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
(310) 506-4608

Pepperdine University - West Los Angeles (Evening Format)
Howard Hughes Center
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(800) 347-4849

Pepperdine University - Encino (Evening Format)
16830 Ventura Boulevard,
Suite 200
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 501-1600

Pepperdine University - Irvine (Evening Format)
Lakeshore Towers III
18111 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 223-2500

Pepperdine University M.A. in Clinical Psychology, MFT Emphasis - Day Format Page

Pepperdine University M.A. in Clinical Psychology, MFT Emphasis - Evening Format Page

Pepperdine University M.A. in Clinical Psychology, MFT Emphasis - Online Format 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

Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy with Latinas/os

Length of Program

Day Format: 2 years
Evening Format: 2.5-3 years


Day Format
The full-time, day-format program is available only at our Malibu campus. Classes are held from 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 or 5:30 pm. During the first semester, students attend class two full days and one half day. From the second semester on, classes meet twice a week for a full day in order to allow time for students to work at their practicum sites. During the summer term, classes meet twice per week. The program is lock-step and the schedule of classes is predetermined.

Evening Format
Classes in the evening format program are offered in the late afternoon and evening. Each class meets once per week from 4:15-7 PM, or from 7:15 -10 PM. Classes are offered Monday-Thursday. During the summer term, classes meet twice per week.

At Pepperdine, we offer evening format psychology courses at our Irvine, Encino, and West Los Angeles Graduate Campuses. Once enrolled, students can take courses at any and all of our three campuses.

Program Start 

Day Format: Fall
Evening Format: Fall, Spring, Summer
Online Format: Multiple start dates per year

Estimated Total Program Tuition

Day Format: $92,690
Evening Format: $71,700 - $78,870
Online Format: $92,690 - $101,660

Religious orientation

With Christian values infusing all aspects of student life and administrative policy, Pepperdine has established an environment that assures both academic and personal betterment.

Entering Class Size

Day Format: Two cohorts, 45-50 students each, only intake in Fall
Evening Format: Non-cohort

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

All Formats: A minimum of 225 hours of direct-client contact in an approved clinical setting

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Day/Evening Format
The psychology faculty and administration recommend personal therapy for all students training to be psychotherapists since it is believed that personal therapy is a vital component of the training and growth of the psychotherapist and that it is the professional responsibility of every therapist to identify, address, and work through personal and relational issues that may have an impact on clinical interactions with future clients. 

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:


Application Process

Application Deadline

Day Format
February 1

Evening Format
Summer Priority: March 1
Summer Extended: February 1
Fall Priority: June 1
Fall Extended: August 1
Spring: October 1

Admissions for this program are rolling. Once an application is complete it is reviewed for admission. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed and students are accepted on a space-available basis.

Online Format
Priority Submit Deadline: July 14
Submit Deadline: August 11
Final Deadline: August 18

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Day Format
A bachelor’s degree in psychology is preferred. However, qualified applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree in a related academic field (e.g., sociology, social work, child and family development) may also be considered. 

Evening Format

GRE Requirement

Day Format
Yes, taken within the last five years. 

Evening Format

Prerequisite Courses

Day Format
Because students are expected to have an excellent foundation in psychology with a degree in psychology or closely related field, there are no foundation classes in the day program. It is designed as a lock-step, cohort-based program in which students attend all classes together with their cohort.

Evening Format
Foundation courses are waived for applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in psychology or a closely-related field. Applicants who have taken undergraduate or graduate-level courses judged to be equivalent in content to foundation level courses may petition to waive such courses. Previously taken courses will qualify for waiver consideration if they were taken no earlier than seven years prior to admission and a grade of "B" or better was earned. Applicants without recent course work (within the last seven years) in psychology, however, will be required to complete foundational courses in preparation for the core curriculum. Foundational courses are offered as part of the master's program.

  • Psychopathology
  • Behavioral Principles and Theories of Learning 

Application highlights

All Formats:

Letters of Recommendation
Two professional recommendations from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional competencies. References should come from individuals who are familiar with your professional and academic abilities. Recent college graduates should have at least one academic recommendation, while applicants who have been out of college more than three years may use either academic or professional recommendations.

Personal Statement
A two- to five-page typed autobiographical description of previous training and experience, current interests, future professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program. (If applying for the MACLP with Latinas/os, students should include in their autobiographical description how their experiences, interests, and goals relate to working with Latina/o communities. Interviews will be conducted with all final candidates.) 

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

None (in rare circumstances, an interview for the day format may be requested to bolster an application)

This program is designed to prepare students to work in community counseling, governmental entities, or educational settings, or to launch their own private practices.
— Pepperdine University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

This program is designed to prepare students to work in community counseling, governmental entities, or educational settings, or to launch their own private practices. Course work offers a strong foundation in clinical psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy. As part of the program, students gain supervised counseling experience in clinical settings. The program meets educational requirements for licensure as either a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. The clinical training and academic preparation also equip students for doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or family therapy.