Pepperdine University

Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy


24255 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu, CA 90263

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology continues its legacy of rigorous, values-based graduate education with its online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program. The online MFT program enables students to earn a Pepperdine master’s degree from anywhere in the United States, preparing them to become licensed therapists in California who serve individuals, families, and communities in a variety of professional settings.

Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements for the online MFT master’s program are the same as those of Pepperdine’s on-campus graduate psychology program. All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students who do not have a background in psychology or a related area of study will take up to 6 units of foundation course work online before starting graduate-level courses. GRE scores are not required for admission to the online master’s program.


The curriculum offers a clinical and practice-based course of study focused on current applied methods of psychotherapy. Classes examine how stress, particularly socioeconomic stressors such as poverty, can affect the health and well-being of families, couples, and individuals.

The online MFT program at a glance:

  • 62–68 units.
  • 11–12 sessions.
  • Four clinical rotations.

Here is a sample of the topics covered in the master’s-level courses:

•    Mental health diagnosis, treatment, and assessment.
•    Theory and ethics.
•    Research and evaluation methods.
•    Multicultural counseling.
•    Human psychopharmacology.
•    Sexuality and intimacy.
•    Substance abuse treatment.

Online Learning

As part of the online learning experience, students:

  • Attend live online classes. Students log in to a virtual classroom where they attend seminar-style sessions with Pepperdine professors and approximately 14 other students.
  • Complete intensive course work. Using a virtual campus, students watch video lectures and analyze case studies. All course work is accessible anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Build meaningful relationships. The virtual campus has many social networking tools so students can get to know their classmates and meet with professors during one-on-one office hours.
  • Receive ongoing student support. Admissions officers, technical specialists, field placement specialists, and other support teams are available to help students succeed.

Clinical Rotations

Students in the online MFT program complete four clinical rotations at Pepperdine-approved clinical facilities located as close to the student’s community as possible. Students prepare for their clinical rotations by taking the PSY 661 Preparation for Practicum course, in which they discuss clinical cases and receive personalized input from their practicum instructor and their classmates.


The online MFT program prepares students to pursue licensure as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) in California.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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