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MA in Marriage & Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling

California students may develop varying clinical skills to improve the lives of others with this online dual emphasis MFT and PCC program. This graduate program increases your career opportunities with preparation for a professional career as a clinical practitioner.

Master of Arts in MFT and PCC Overview

With a combined emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling, this online graduate program explores therapy through a multifaceted lens. Students will learn systemic and individual models of treatment and will be prepared to assist and serve diverse communities. This program meets the education requirements for licensure in California as a Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Students in this program benefit from:

  • Faculty mentors who are available to address academic and professional questions
  • A program designed and taught by experts in their field
  • Clinical support team members who are available to address practicum-related questions.
  • The opportunity to pursue dual licensure (MFT and PCC)

Next Session

Summer II (Jun 24, 2024)

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Ways to Learn

Online

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    The counseling program prepared me for my surprise career in behavioral health by providing me with a strong background and practical experience in counseling techniques and a strong skill set in research and critical thinking—key in building a leadership career.
    Robert P.
    MA, Professional Clinical Counseling
    The professors realized I have a life and wanted to pursue my dreams. They didn’t make me feel like I had to choose between family and school. They made me feel like I could be successful in both.
    Dominique H.
    BA, Psychology
    All of my instructors inspired me. They were working in the field as well as teaching, so the stories they shared made it relatable and attainable. The staff and faculty are all very positive and provide motivation for the students.
    Quinton J.
    BA, Psychology

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Autobiographical Essay
    • Signed Ethical and Responsibility Statement form
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

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    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    No grad level exam required

    This Master’s degree program does not require applicants to take costly exams like the GRE. Why? Because we value your professional and life experience. You should get credit for what you already know.

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    Program Curriculum

    • The courses listed below are required for the completion of the combined Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor Emphases Option (Offered at California Campuses only)

      Code Course Name Credits
      Combined Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor Emphasis Option

       

      PSYU 502 History and Foundations of Therapeutic Practices

      3

      PSYU 506 Ethical and Professional Issues 

      3

      PSYU 510 Psychopathology & Diagnosis

      3

      PSYU 512 Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis

      3

      PSYU 514 Couples Therapy

      3

      PSYU 512 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse

      3

      PSYU 518 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting

      3

      PSYU 520 Advanced Individual Therapy I

      3

      PSYU 521 Advanced Individual Therapy II

      3

      PSYU 522 Individual and Family Development

      3

      PSYU 524 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity

      3

      PSYU 526 Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis

      3

      PSYU 528 Research and Bibliographic Methods

      3

      PSYU 530 Theory and Practice of Group Therapy

      3

      PSYU 534 Clinical Assessment

      3

      PSYU 536 Psychopharmacology

      3

      PSYU 538 Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders

      3

      PSYU 539 Crisis and Trauma Counseling

      3

      PSYU 542 Community and Environmental Mental Health

      3

      PSYU 545 Transition to Work and Career 3
      Practicum

       

      PSYU 660 MFT Practicum I:A Systemic Lens of the Developing Therapist *    

      1.5

      PSYU 661 MFT Practicum II:Contextualizing the Content of Therapy *

      1.5

      PSYU 662 MFT Practicum III:Exploring the Therapeutic Process *

      1.5

      PSYU 663 MFT Practicum IV:Theoretical Application and Capstone 1 * 1.5
      PSYU 664
      >MFT Practicum V: Social Context and Capstone 2 *
      1.5
      PSYU 665 MFT Practicum VI:Beyond the Classroom and Capstone 3 *
      1.5
      *If a student does not complete the required practicum hours during the PSYU 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665 course series, they will be enrolled in a required PSYU 696 MFT Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Graduate Practicum Continuation Fee, until the student completes the required practicum hours, or until the student's seven-year program completion timeline has expired. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in PSYU 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, or 696..

       

      Total Credits

      69

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