Marital and Family Therapy

University of San Diego

M.A. On Campus
12 months
1509 USD/credit
1509 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) program at University of San Diego combines personalized instruction, hands-on clinical experience, and internationally renowned faculty.


The Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) program at University of San Diego is accredited by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (California) and the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE).

Students 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. 

Coursework that covers every angle

As a program that deeply embraces diversity, it's fitting that our coursework explores diverse angles of therapeutic practice. Learn the specifics of how aging issues play out in family therapy, how to work with clients coping with substance abuse, and how to integrate research on social neuroscience.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Evidence Based Practice in Family Therapy
  • Family Therapy Theories
  • Psychopathology in the Family
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Family Therapy
  • Human Diversity in Family Therapy
  • Family Development
  • Systemic Treatment of Children
  • Families of Children with Special Needs
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology and Systems
  • Couples & Sex Therapy
  • Systemic Treatment of Substance Abuse
  • Family Violence
  • Aging Issues in Family Therapy
  • Social Neuroscience for Family Therapists
  • Spiritual Issues in Family Therapy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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

  • Current Resume — You will submit a resume detailing your employment and/or educational experience.
  • Personal Statement, Statement of Purpose and/or Essays — Personal statement(s) vary depending on the program you are applying to. Please check the prompt in your application.
  • Letters of Recommendation — Your letters should be from professors familiar with your scholarly work, or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information about your potential for success as a graduate student. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1509 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1509 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1509 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1509 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Marital and Family Therapy
University of San Diego