Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Southern California
3470 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089
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.
Length of Program
2-3 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Full-time or part-time.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
900-1100 hours of supervised clinical work are conducted during the program toward the 3,000 required for licensure.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Round 1: December 1
Round 2: January 15
Round 3: March 15
Round 4: Rolling admissions until May 15
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
There is no minimum GPA required to apply to USC Rossier programs, but competitive applicants typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above. However, GPA is one of many elements evaluated in the admissions committee’s comprehensive evaluation of candidates.
Yes. There is no minimum score for consideration. If you take the GRE more than once, the Admissions Committee looks at your highest score in each section from each sitting. The GRE score may not be more than five years old.
There are no set prerequisite courses or majors, and prior coursework in education or psychology is not required.
Prior work or volunteer experience is helpful, but not required for admission to the program. Competitive applicants will likely have a record of involvement and leadership in both their personal and professional lives, which may include campus organizations, school volunteering, civic endeavors, community groups, and/or professional associations.
Essay and Short Answer Responses
Essay responses will be used to evaluate your personal, professional and educational experiences, path to a degree in student affairs and ability to effectively communicate ideas and organize written thoughts.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
An interview is required of all competitive applicants under consideration for admission. The interview is an important element in determining if an applicant’s maturity, capacity for self-reflection, interpersonal skills, career focus, and motivation are appropriate to a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Competitive candidates who have submitted complete applications will be contacted to schedule an interview. Interview dates will be updated as dates become available. Alternate interview appointments will be set up for candidates who are not able to attend an interview day.
(Reprinted from program website.)
The Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares students for careers as counselors in clinics, healthcare centers, schools, and private practice. The program focuses on training in dealing with a spectrum of personal and professional problems facing individuals and families, including relationship difficulties, family dysfunction, parenting issues, and behavior problems. Students who complete this specialized professional degree program and who fulfill the additional state-mandated requirements are eligible for the State of California’s Marriage and Family Therapy license.