Marital and Family Therapy, M.A. | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
12 months
1509 USD/credit 45270 USD/year
1509 USD/credit 45270 USD/year
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The Marital and Family Therapy program at University of San Diego combines personalized instruction, hands-on clinical experience, and internationally renowned faculty. The MFT Program is accredited by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (California) and the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE).


Relationships as a pathway to healing

Students in the Marital and Family Therapy program at University of San Diego complete rigorous coursework and a 12-month clinical practicum in community sites, such as Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry and the Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research at UCSD.  Full-time students graduate in 2 years and accrue approximately 1100 hours toward the 3,000 hours required for MFT licensure in California.  After graduation, students become Registered Associate Marital and Family Therapists and continue their training in preparation for licensure.

Our biospsychosocial, systems approach centers on relationships, focusing on cultivating a deeper understanding of how family interactions and social connections affect our daily lives. Our approach to family therapy education has been described in our best-selling books, Essential Skills in Family Therapy, 3rd edition (Guilford, 2018) Clinician’s Guide to Research Methods: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice (Guilford, 2014), and Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists (Guilford, 2011).  We provide specialized training in medical settings, which is described in The Therapist’s Guide to Psychopharmacology (Guilford, 2006) and Mental Health Professionals in Medical Settings: A Primer (Norton, 2002).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research in Family Therapy
  • Family Therapy Theories
  • Psychopathology in the Family
  • Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Family Therapy
  • Human Diversity in Family Therapy
  • Family Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit the University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Online Application and $45 application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Recommenders’ Contact Information
  • Official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application
  • Students who earned their bachelor’s degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation at the time of application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Purpose of 500-words maximum
  • Official score reports for the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    45270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
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