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

University of San Francisco

University of San Francisco

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Locations:

University of San Francisco - Main Campus
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5555

University of San Francisco - Sacramento
1 Capitol Mall, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 920-0157

University of San Francisco - San Jose
125 S. Market Street, Ste. 200
San Jose, CA 9511
(408) 343-7100

University of San Francisco - Santa Rosa
416 B Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 527-9612

USF M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy 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


Length of Program

3 years


During the fall and spring semesters, each three-credit class meets once a week for two and a half hours of class time. Classes can be scheduled Mondays through Thursday at either 3:45 or 7:20 p.m. Every so often, you might have to attend a few Friday afternoon and Saturday classes. In the summer, classes are more condensed, thus, rather than attend class for 15 weeks (at two and a half hours each meeting), you might need to come eight weeks (at five hours each class meeting). No class during the week is ever scheduled before 3:45 p.m. Summer classes range from the end of May until the end of July. Two and one-credit classes meet for less time.

Program Start 

Fall, Spring

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

Jesuit tradition defines USF’s approach to learning and our commitment to welcoming students of every faith and no faith. Our vision and mission are the foundations of our university, and reflect the shared views of our institution.

Entering Class Size

20-40 students depending on start date

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

A minimum of 425 fieldwork hours, with at least 225 hours of direct client contact.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Encouraged but not required.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

The program currently does not have these requirements; however, this may change in the near future.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Fall: March 1
Spring: October 15

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Minimum GPA of 2.75

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses

We do require that you have either worked in a related field or have transferable skills. Quite often, we recommend that applicants volunteer at a mental health agency, school or other comparable setting in order to determine whether or not they really want to do this work. If you have specific questions about your readiness to apply, please come to one of our informational meetings, meet with someone from the MFT/PCC program in person, or talk to someone on the phone.

Application highlights

Current Resume

Letter of Intent
For you letter, please tell us about yourself. We want to know who you are and why you are choosing marriage and family therapy as a career path. Thus, please include the answers to these questions within the body of your letter:

  • Who are you? What would you like us to know about you in respect to your application and your experiences?
  • Why are you choosing to become a marriage and family therapist? Specifically, what do you know about the MFT/PCC field? How is it a good fit for you, your experiences and your goals?
  • Why are you doing this now? What is significant about this time in your life?
  • Why are you applying to our program? There are many other MFT/PCC programs in the country and in the Bay Area. In the spirit of “Goodness of Fit”, what is it about our program that makes it a good fit for you?

2 Letters of Recommendation
You should ask anyone who can speak to your potential as a graduate student in counseling psychology. We understand that many people have been out of school for a good amount of time and might not have continuing connections with professors who can write a letter for you. Applicants quite often use current or former employers or supervisors. Please do not use your therapist, a family member, personal friend, or a friend of your family. While they can most likely vouch for you personally, they will not be able to speak to the behaviors and skills necessary for success in school.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

Qualified applicants are invited to a group interview on campus.

At its core, the MFT’s clinical training program upholds values of equity, social justice, community and cultural wealth, and collaborative problem solving.
— University of San Francisco

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The Master's in Counseling Psychology program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares students to be socially and culturally responsive relationship and family therapists and mental health counselors. At its core, the MFT’s clinical training program upholds values of equity, social justice, community and cultural wealth, and collaborative problem solving. We are committed to embracing diversity, academic excellence, and to the compassionate service of children, adults, and families. The MFT program embodies this mission by:

  • Expanding traditional notions of family
  • Recognizing the diversity in relationships and identity
  • Striving to use inclusive language in our instruction
  • Creating goals to diversify our student body and teaching faculty
  • Working from a strengths-based perspective that honors community wealth
  • Adapting professional trends as needed to meet community needs