The MFT program (culminating in a Masters of Science degree) has been training graduate students since 1973 to meet the human service needs of families in a changing world. The theoretical foundation for the MFT program is based on a Recovery Model that emphasizes and supports each individual’s potential for recovery. A Recovery Model perspective emphasizes the development of hope, a secure sense of self supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills, multicultural sensitivity, and meaning. Students are exposed to a range of theoretical orientations that reflect multiple yet diverse perspectives. Didactic and experiential program components are combined to provide a broad theoretical foundation for possible future study and substantial counseling experience for the future practitioner. The MFT program meets all current Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) academic requirements for Marriage and Family Therapist licensure in California, as well as the academic requirements for California community college counseling and instructor positions.
Graduates of the program typically pursue careers as MFTs in community mental health and social service agencies, school-based counseling programs, residential treatment facilities, hospital settings, private practice, and community college settings.
Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
International Student Requirements:
The University of La Verne is authorized to issue an I-20 only after international applicants have been accepted for admission and have submitted the $200 non-refundable tuition deposit. International students with F-1 or J-1 visas may apply to and attend only the Central Campus. To apply for admission, international applicants must submit all of the application materials required, as well as a notarized original statement indicating how the student will meet the financial obligations for graduate study at La Verne.