M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
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.
Students have the option to complete an emphasis in medical family therapy.
Length of Program
Full-time students complete their degree in two years, including summer and intersession coursework. Students who begin this program in the Spring semester will require a minimum of two and a half years to complete it. Most students pursue this degree full-time.
Part-time students complete their degree in two and a half to three years. Part-time students are required to take 6 units/semester and usually work in a related mental health profession.
Classes typically meet once per week with start times between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for 2 hours and 50 minutes. Summer and intersession classes typically hold more frequent class meetings. Most students take 12-14 units per semester and also take coursework during the summer.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
USD embraces the inter-faith theme of the Second Vatican Council, which encouraged Catholic colleges and universities to "unite in a mutual sharing of effort," and welcomes students, faculty and staff of every faith tradition.
In this religiously diverse environment, members of the USD community share their differing beliefs, both intellectually and spiritually, to the benefit of all, believing that a person's faith intensifies and deepens when enriched by understanding other religious traditions. This solidarity with others and their faith commitments grounds USD in its Catholic mission of education.
Entering Class Size
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
Students complete a 12-month clinical practicum in which they accumulate a minimum of 500 direct client contact hours and receive more than 200 hours of supervision from faculty and practicum site supervisors.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Comprehensive written examination
Early Admission - January 13
Final Deadline - February 10
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
The minimum cumulative Grade Point Average is 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Scores must be less than five years old. The minimum GRE or MAT score is an overall score in the 50th percentile or above on each section.
This program requires three pre-requisite courses:
- Human or Life Span Development
- Counseling or Personality Theories
- Research Methods
Experience in a related field is recommended, but not required for admission.
- A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from professors or employers
- A current resumé or curriculum vita
- A 500-word statement of purpose. Please include a brief narrative describing yourself, your career goals and the importance of graduate study in marriage and family therapy at this point in your life. You may discuss influences on your intellectual development, educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) which have been available to you, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you. This should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application; it should give the Admissions Committee a better sense of who you are and why you are applying to the marriage and family therapy program at the University of San Diego. If you are in a graduate program at another university, please explain why you wish to leave.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
After an initial review of applications to the Marital and Family Therapy program, the most qualified candidates will be invited to USD for a group interview with the MFT faculty. Applicants who live outside California and surrounding states (Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Utah, or Nevada) will have the option of participating in a phone interview. However, out-of-state applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the on-campus group interview, if possible.
(Reprinted from program website.)
The mission of the Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) Program is to help lead the transformation of family therapy by creating, educating and actively supporting a community of future professionals who embody the philosophy and practice of a biopsychosocial, systems approach to family-oriented mental health care.
The Marital and Family Therapy Program prepares family therapists to work with individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds. The program promotes the use of a biopsychosocial model in therapy, with an emphasis on understanding clients from a relational or systemic perspective, which has been described in the best-selling books, Essential Skills in Family Therapy and Essential Assessment Skills in Family Therapy, both written by program faculty members.