University of San Diego

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy


Office of Graduate Admissions, 5998 Alcala Park

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

United States





Program Information

Degree Offered:

M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MA in Marital and Family Therapy The marital and family therapy program prepares family therapists to work with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds. We promote the use of a biopsychosocial model in therapy, with an emphasis on understanding clients from a relational or systemic perspective. Students complete a 12-month clinical practicum in which they accumulate a minimum of 500 direct client contact hours and receive more than 200 hours of supervision from faculty and practicum site supervisors. Students have the option to complete an emphasis in medical family therapy. This program meets the guidelines to prepare students for licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as licensed marriage and family therapists and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. The faculty members publish widely, including the internationally recognized book, Essential Skills in Family Therapy, 2nd Edition (Guilford Press). Graduates go on to work in a variety of settings, including in mental health agencies, private practice, medical settings, hospitals and academia.


The University of San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The MFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The Commission is the standard-setting organization for family therapy designated by the Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City