Marital and Family Therapy

Loma Linda University

24 months
40514 USD/year
40514 USD/year
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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.


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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
    Tuition Fee
    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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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Marital and Family Therapy
Loma Linda University