M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy
University of La Verne
1950 3rd Street
La Verne, CA 91750
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.
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Length of Program
Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: 4 years
Students are accepted into the Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy program to begin course work in the Fall or Spring semesters, and have five years to complete the degree. Students can attend the program with a full-time course load of nine semester hours, or a part-time course load of three to six semester hours. Prospective students may enroll in no more than six semester hours with Program Chair approval prior to admission into the program.
Many students completing the masters degree also have work and family commitments outside of the program. To accommodate this, classes meet once a week from 4 to 6:25p.m. or 6:50 to 9:15p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
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Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
All students completing the MFT program will complete a one-year (225 hour) traineeship.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
During fieldwork placement, all MFT students must complete at least 10 hours of personal psychotherapy. Depending on individual issues and preferences, students may select individual, couple, family, or group psychotherapy.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
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Undergraduate GPA Requirement
An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants with GPA under 3.0 may be considered with additional requirements.
Completed bachelor’s degree including the following six courses:
- general psychology
- developmental psychology
- abnormal psychology
- psychological research methods/experimental psychology
- one other psychology theory class
Undergraduate course work will be evaluated on an individual basis for its recency and appropriateness to the graduate program and the degree must have been earned at a regionally accredited institution.
Statement of Purpose/Autobiography (5-7 Pages)
- Statement of Purpose: In this section you should describe the reasons for selecting a career in marriage and family therapy; relevant professional and personal experiences that contribute to your selection of this field; what you would like to be doing professionally when you complete your La Verne degree; and why you are interested in pursuing this degree at La Verne.
- Autobiography: In this section you should describe your own life experiences in the context of how these have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. You may wish to include information on your family-of-origin or current family situation; a description of two or three significant personal experiences that have influenced your personal development; any of your own personal experiences in psychotherapy; or any other personal experiences or values that have influenced your interest in the Marriage and Family Therapy program.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation from professors and individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional abilities, potential, and appropriateness for the counseling profession. At least one letter should be from a professor.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to have at least one year of volunteer or paid experience working with families, children, couples, or students.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Selected applicants will be asked to complete an interview with at least two psychology faculty members and to complete a test of the written English language in the final phase of the application process.
(Reprinted from program website.)
Features of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program
The University of La Verne is proud of its rich heritage and tradition. Founded in 1891, the University is committed to providing an excellent educational experience for students. The Marriage and Family Therapy program combines state-of-the-art theory and research with practical application to prepare students for both work in the field and future graduate studies.
Community and Diversity
Both the University and department share a strong commitment to diversity and have demonstrated a tradition of attracting students and faculty from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds; ages; sexual orientations; and physical disabilities. Principles of diversity and multiculturalism and infused throughout the curriculum to insure that students are prepared to work with the families, couples, and individuals found within the various communities across the state of California. We believe that an excellent learning environment allows individuals with varying backgrounds and experiences to come together to learn with, and about, each other.
Student-Faculty Interactions and Small Classes
The program shares and implements the University’s tradition of, and commitment to, personalized academic attention. Our small graduate classes (usually between 10 to 20 students) enhance faculty-student interaction, a collegial and cooperative learning atmosphere among students, and the encouragement of critical thinking skills. The average student-faculty ratio is about 8:1.