M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
Online & Campus-Based Programs
San Diego University for Integrative Studies
3900 Harney Street
San Diego, CA 92110
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.
*This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs; the BPPE is not an accrediting body and BPPE-approval does not constitute accreditation.
Length of Program
2 - 4 years
Distance Learning Format
Typically, students log on at the beginning of the week and download current assignments, reading, lectures, and graded assignments from the previous week. They complete the work at their convenience and when they have time, then turn in their homework, ask questions, and participate in group discussions. It’s like a regular class, you just sit farther apart! None of the classes are real time (except for online “office hours”), leaving you with the freedom to complete assignments, papers, etc. at your own pace.
Distance Learning students enrolled in Psychology Programs will be required to complete the following courses in the classroom setting. These courses must be completed at SDUIS and cannot be transferred from another university. The specific courses are as follows:
CPS 605– Clinical Counseling Skills Training
CPS 611– Advanced Clinical Skills Training
CPS 702– Group Therapy: Theory & Practice
To fit the individual lifestyles of our students all of these courses are offered as intensives in the Winter and Summer Quarters, and can be completed in six days. They are also conveniently scheduled so that you can come to San Diego during the best weather months!
All residential courses, other than independent study, are taught in a classroom setting. Each instructor provides students with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, the course content, student performance expectations, textbooks and related study materials, and evaluation methods used for grading purposes.
Every 6 weeks
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
Data not available
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
All MFT students will enroll in a 225 hour practicum sequence during the last half of their studies.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
50 hours of personal counseling with licensed professionals
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Successful passage of the MA Comprehensive Exam is also required.
Deadline for admission as a Full Status student is one (1) month prior to the beginning of the quarter. Applicants who have not completed the admissions process may provisionally enroll on a Conditional basis for one (1) quarter while completing and submitting the remainder of materials needed.
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
- Introduction to Psychology or History & Systems of Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Theories of Personality
- Quantitative Perspectives
Prerequisites can be completed during the first year of study.
- Educational intent statement (2-5 page essay or update for returning students).
- Two (2) letters of recommendation.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
(Reprinted from program website.)
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program meets the requirements for MFT licensing in California and emphasizes the study of family systems as well as individual and relationship therapy. Although the program is anchored in the conventional approaches, elective courses can be taken which explore various techniques from art therapy to Jungian psychology. Intensive skill development as well as experiential and theoretical components are integral to this specialized masters program.