Take the Next Step with a Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

Man smiling during a marriage and family therapy sessionMarriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in the field of mental health. It’s also one of the top 3 “best” careers in the field of social services, according to U.S. News’ list of the 100 Best Jobs, with a positive outlook for future employment.

The California School of Professional Psychology, a pioneer in this discipline, offers two COAMFTE–accredited Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs in California to prepare students for careers as professional marriage and family therapists:

Master of Arts in Marital & Family Therapy (MA)

Doctor of Psychology in Marital & Family Therapy (PsyD)

Alliant’s California MFT programs were designed to be inclusive of all kinds of families and couples, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds and those in the LGBTQ community.

What Makes Our MFT Programs Unique

Some of the many reasons to choose Alliant for your Marriage and Family Therapy graduate degree include:

  • Alliant offers the largest COAMFTE-accredited MFT degree program in California – and is one of only several universities in the state to offer this elite accreditation.
  • Flexible, part-time options make it easy to earn your degree on a schedule that works for you.
  • Financial aid, including scholarships and educational stipends, are available to eligible students.
  • Fast-track your doctorate degree. All coursework and practicum hours from a COAMFTE-accredited Master’s program may be applied toward our PsyD program.
  • Learn from the best-known names in the field. Many pioneers in marriage and family therapy have taught at Alliant, and the tradition continues today with a faculty roster made up of public policy experts, leading researchers and world-renowned therapists.
  • Customize your degree with three areas of specialization (Chemical Dependency, Gerontology and Latin American Family Therapy) and international cultural immersion programs offered at Alliant International University.
  • Employment opportunities through the VA. All marriage and family therapists hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs must hold a degree from a COAMFTE-accredited program.

Mission and Student Outcomes

The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs is to provide the highest quality education, training, scholarship and service in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. We train ethical professionals to foster the well-being of individuals, children, couples, families, organizations, and communities primarily through improving relationships. Our MFT programs specifically focus on the understanding and respect for the diversity of human relationships across different populations from a variety of multicultural, socioeconomic, international backgrounds.  Students are inspired to respect multiple dimensions of human diversity, develop a mature personal and professional identity, stay current with professional knowledge and practice, and make a positive difference for clients and society.

MFT Program Goals

The Marriage and Family Therapy program goals flow directly from the four pillars of the university: Practice, Diversity, Community, and Scholarship:

  1. Practice: The program graduates students who are able to deliver Couple and Family Therapy professional services competently.
  2. Diversity: The program graduates diverse students prepared to meet the needs of diverse communities.
  3. Community: The program engages various communities through the application of the knowledge and skills of Couple and Family Therapy.
  4. Scholarship: The program contributes to both the understanding and creation of couple and family therapy scholarship.

The Benefits of COAMFTE-Accredited Programs

Alliant’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs in California are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Of the more than 80 license-eligible MFT programs in California, Alliant is one of only a select few universities to hold the elite COAMFTE accreditation.

In addition to ensuring that you will receive a quality education, COAMFTE-accredited programs offer students several other unique benefits, including:

Employment opportunities through the VA: All marriage and family therapists hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs must hold a COAMFTE-accredited degree.

Loan reimbursement through the National Health Services Corps (NHSC): In exchange for two years of work in an underserved area, NHSC offers up to $50,000 in federal loan payments for marriage and family therapists with a COAMFTE-accredited degree.

Increased licensed portability: Licensure for marriage and family therapists is issued on a state-by-state basis. Holding a degree from a COAMFTE-accredited program makes it easier to obtain licensure in a new state.

Flexible Schedule

Earn your degree on a schedule that works for you. We offer day, evening and executive-format classes at each campus, and make every effort to meet the needs of each cohort of students.

Get Started Today!

Take the first step to a rewarding career in Marriage and Family Therapy today. To learn more about either of our MFT programs for graduate students in California, speak with an Admissions Counselor today at 1-866-825-5426.