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Marital and Family Therapy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #984 (BCR) California, MD, United States
The Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy is designed to give students a broad academic background as well as professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings.
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The Masters of Science in Marital & Family Therapy program is consistent with Loma Linda University's vision of transforming lives through whole person health care. Our mission is to bring health, healing, wholeness, and hope to individuals, families, and communities through education, research, clinical training, and community service. The M.S. program accomplishes this by addressing relational needs and concerns of individuals and families over the life course in the contexts of communities and global society.

Combined Degrees

The Department of Counseling and Family Sciences offers combined degrees in Marital and Family Therapy with Clinical Ministry, LLU School of Religion (M.S./M.A.) and in Marital and Family Therapy with Public Health, LLU School of Public Health (M.S./M.P.H.).

Possible Careers: Graduates from Loma Linda University's MFT Master's program are in demand as administrators, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, medical family therapists, alcohol and drug specialists, case managers, family and clinical mediators, clinic directors in working environments - both for and non-profit agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, family court, group homes, private practice, and professional organizations.


The Western Association regionally accredits the program for Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) nationally accredits the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Medical Family Therapy
  • Health & Illness in Families
  • Family Therapy & Medicine
  • Medical Family Therapy Seminar 
  • Clinical 1 – Systemic Foundations for Practice
  • Clinical 2 - Social Constructionism and Postmodern Practice
  • Clinical 3 - Larger & Multiple systems in Clinical Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Minimum grade-point average 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in bachelor's course work for at least the final 45 units prior to graduation.
  • Health clearance
  • A background check (required before matriculation to the program)
  • Official transcripts on file
  • Three letters of recommendation, as specified
  • A personal statement (included in online application)
  • Interview with department faculty as scheduled (on-campus group interviews are scheduled for mid-March and mid-May; other on-campus and phone interviews are scheduled individually)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40514 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 40514 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    40514 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40514 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

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