24 months
21114 USD/year
18798 USD/year
12462 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo is a 90-quarter unit professional degree program that fulfills the educational requirements for the state of California's Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license.


The Psychology program mission from California Polytechnic State University is to provide the state of California with highly competent master-level clinicians trained to counsel individuals, couples, families, and groups in a multicultural society. Graduates are often employed by County Mental Health, Social Services, and other inpatient and outpatient community mental health centers. Many graduates also build successful private practices. Approximately fifteen percent of our graduates pursue doctoral studies in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. 

Psychology and Child Development Department faculty members coordinate the M.S. Program and regularly teach graduate classes. Some courses are taught by mental health professionals from the community. The M.S. faculty is diverse in terms of professional degrees, clinical training, cultural background, and gender. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the intrapersonal and interpersonal knowledge and skills required for ethical, efficacious, and culturally responsive clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills conducive to empathic, respectful, and collaborative working relationships with diverse individuals, children, couples, families, and professionals.
  • Demonstrate legal, ethical, and documentation knowledge of marriage and family therapy practice and how to apply these standards to diverse populations and contexts, such as public agencies, schools, and private practice.
  • Conduct evidence-based, culturally responsive core and advanced counseling and psychotherapy skills with diverse individuals, children, couples, and families.
  • Conduct evidence-based, culturally responsive assessment and diagnostic procedures with diverse individuals, children, couples, and families.
  • Conduct evidenced-based, culturally responsive treatment planning, progress notation, and discharge planning with diverse individuals, children, couples, and families.
  • Demonstrate ability to access and utilize research as critical consumers to implement best practices strategies with diverse clients and issues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Marriage & Family Therapy: Professional Identity, Theory and Practice
  • Counseling & Communication
  • Individual Therapy: Theory and Application
  • Ethics and the Law: MF Therapy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcript(s) from the institution granting bachelor’s degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of academic and/or professional recommendation.
  • Results from Graduate Record Examination (GRE standard test); quantitative, verbal and writing scores should be at the 50th percentile or higher for consideration.
  •  Language proficiency requirement. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21114 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21114 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    18798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18798 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12462 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12462 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for San Luis Obispo

1100 - 1800 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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