Program Details

The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy is offered through the traditional residential program at our San Diego campus.

Courses are offered late afternoons and evenings. As part of the program, all students complete a 500-hour, 12-month practicum along with 2-3 years of academic coursework.


The required coursework meets all academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and most other states. However, additional supervised clinical practice and the passing of a licensing examination are typically needed to obtain actual licensure.

Sample Courses

Families in Context: Gender, Class, and Culture

Students explore differences in family structure and interaction related to race, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status. They build self-awareness and develop an understanding of the challenges that come with providing therapy and pastoral care to families who differ from themselves.

Dynamics of Family Process

Students examine the processes of family and couple relationships such as socialization, communication, shame, power, stress, and coping. They pay particular interest to spirituality and how families transition through divorce, remarriage, and grief.

Professional and Legal Issues

Students learn about the legal and ethical situations that arise in the practice of marital and family therapy and mental health counseling. They examine the challenge of maintaining appropriate boundaries within ministry settings and come away with strategies for continuing professional, personal, and spiritual growth.