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

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University


M.S. in Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling (MFT); M.S. in Psychology, Concentration in Clinical Psychology

Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Location:

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 338-2005

SFSU M.S. in MFCC (MFT) Program Page

SFSU M.S. in Psychology, Concentration in Clinical 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



Concentrations/Specializations Offered

M.S. in MFCC (MFT)
It is possible to obtain more than one specialization with the M.S. degree; for example, you may obtain an M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling and a secondary specialization in another area (i.e., Career, College, Gerontology, Rehabilitation, or School); however, additional courses and fieldwork hours are required.

Length of Program

M.S. in MFCC (MFT): 2 - 3 years
M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology: 2 years


M.S. in MFCC (MFT)
Ordinarily, a student taking a full time program can finish in two years. Some take classes in the summer and some complete the program part-time over a longer span of time. It should be noted that for those contemplating a part-time program, it is necessary to have a flexible work schedule. A few courses are offered online. The majority of our curriculum is not offered as online courses.

M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology
This is a full-time program. Students enter the program and go through it in two, consecutive years. You cannot participate in the program part-time. Some students work part-time while in the program. However, work hours need to be flexible and arranged around program requirements.

Program Start 


Estimated Total Program Tuition

Two-year program: $17,376
Three-year program: $26,064 (option for M.S. in MFCC/MFT only)

Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

M.S. in MFCC (MFT): 35 - 40 students
M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology: 8 students

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

M.S. in MFCC (MFT)
Students must put in 840 hours of field placement for each specialization, with at least 280 hours of direct client contact.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Strongly encouraged but not required.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

M.S. in MFCC (MFT)
Culminating Experience Paper

M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology
The Master's Written Comprehensive Examination. This is satisfied by successfully completing a master's paper, which is a demonstration of theoretical and clinical integration around a specified topic. Second-year students work individually with a faculty member to complete this requirement.

Application Process

Application Deadline

M.S. in MFCC (MFT): January 15
M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology: February 1 

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

M.S. in MFCC (MFT)
Minimum 3.0 grade point average for the last 60 units completed.

M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology
The University requires a 3.0 grade point average for admission. Successful applicants to the program generally have a higher grade point average, but there is no specific minimum grade point average beyond this. We do read all applications to the program and in rare cases we will petition the university to override this GPA requirement when the applicant is outstanding in all other areas.

GRE Requirement

M.S. in MFCC (MFT)
Yes, the GRE is required. All applicants are required to include a copy of their GRE scores along with their program application. Please Note: Your GRE scores will not determine our recommendation to either admit or deny you admission to our program. We only use this score chiefly as a measure of writing proficiency and not necessarily for admission. We will review the Analytical Writing score so that we may determine your writing needs before you enter the program. We will not automatically disqualify applicants for admission because of their GRE Analytical Writing score. However, our department expects our students to write at the graduate level. Those who do not meet the minimum writing expectation, that is a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing Section of the GRE General Test, upon admission will be required to take a writing course, usually at an additional cost.

M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology
All applicants, without exception, must take the GRE. Only the general portion of the GRE is required.

Prerequisite Courses

M.S. in MFCC (MFT) Program

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Psychopathology

These courses may be taken at any accredited junior college, college, or university. COUN 690, Field of Counseling, may be taken before or during the first semester in attendance.

M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Our program requires that incoming students have at least a year (usually more) of clinical practice experiences (either through volunteer or paid positions) to gain admission into the program.

We also require the following upper-division undergraduate coursework to be completed before admission into the program (preferably before applying to the program):

  • Statistics
  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology

Application highlights

M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology:

3 Letters of Recommendations
Letters of recommendation should be from professionals who are familiar with your recent academic and clinical practice experience. It is best that your letters of recommendation be spread across your experience, for example, one letter from a professor who knows your course work, one letter from a professional who supervised your work at a community agency, and one letter from a professor with whom you did research or teaching assistance.

Autobiographical Statement
The applicant should emphasize those aspects of his or her development that were particularly significant in forming their character and personality and in creating their motivation to become a psychotherapist. The autobiographical statement should be three to five typewritten, double-spaced pages.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement


The program is dedicated to the highest standards of pre-professional training available. The primary purpose of the Department of Counseling is to train competent, professional, culturally sensitive counselors. The Department of Counseling is one of the largest in the nation, with over 30 full and part-time instructors.
— San Francisco State University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

M.S. in MFCC (MFT)
A note about terminology: the Department is aware that the term MFCC ( marriage, family, and child counseling) has been replaced by MFT ( marriage and family therapy); however, since MFCC still appears in the degree title, which can only be changed by the Chancellor's Office, we will use the term MFCC when referring specifically to the degree. We will use the term MFT when referring to the program as the field.

The major objective of this specialization is to provide training for students in the field of marriage and family therapy consistent with State of California requirements for licensing and accreditation requirements for certification. We are guided by these requirements and by the emergence of mental health counseling as one of the major service providers for the community. As such, it is our responsibility to focus our generic and specific efforts toward professional development, which include theoretical and developmental foundations, psychodiagnostic skills, and a broad range of counseling and therapeutic abilities with a culturally diverse population. Consistent with the general mission of the Department of Counseling, the MFCC specialization recognizes the need for close coordination with the field and the maintenance of a responsive curriculum.

M.S. in Psychology, Clinical Psychology
The Clinical Psychology Master's Program at SF State has been running continually since 1952. The program emphasizes theoretical and applied training from psychodynamic, family systems, multicultural and community psychology perspectives. The program provides two years of full-time training, leading to the Master of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology, as well as the academic preparations and pre-master's supervised hours for the State of California Marriage and Family Therapy (M.F.T.) license. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences also requires post-master's hours for licensure as an M.F.T., and most students complete this roughly within two years after graduation. Given the course and practicum requirements of the program, full-time employment while enrolled is usually not possible..