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Marital and Family Therapy PsyD Program

Choose Your Focus in a Fast Growing Field

The Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) PsyD program offered at the Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego campuses of Alliant International University provides the advanced training to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist.

Internationally Acclaimed

Marriage and Family Therapy is recognized by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) as a core mental health discipline and is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the field of mental health. The Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant attracts students from around the world and are dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Real-World Training with Diverse Populations

To prepare for clinical practice, students receive intensive theoretical and practical skill-based training. Students gain real-world experience with a diverse clientele in Community-based practicum and internship sites, under the oversight of supervisors who meet rigorous AAMFT professional standards.

The doctoral program requires continuous active practice of marital and family therapy, including a doctoral internship of 1500 hours.

Cutting Edge Specialties

As a student in the MFT PsyD program, you will have an opportunity to specialize in one of four fields of growing national and international interest and significance:

Additional coursework is required.

In addition, you can opt to study abroad in Mexico for up to the first three semesters in the program.


With a master’s degree in marital and family therapy, you are eligible for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in California upon completion of post-degree intern hours and passing the licensure exam. 


The Couple and Family Therapy PsyD program at Alliant International University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) at the following locations: Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego.

COAMFTE requires that we provide data on graduation rates, national exam pass rates and licensure rates. Please follow the link below for that data. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.


Questions related to the program's accredited status may be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

     112 South Alfred Street
     Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
     (703) 838-9808

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The Couple and Family Therapy program operates on a semester system, year-round, with 16-week semesters starting in September and January, and a shortened summer semester starting in May. For more information or to apply online, contact the Admissions Office at (855) 977-5231.

More Information

For more on the Couple & Family Therapy program, please click the links above.

We offer day, evening and executive-format classes at each campus, and make every effort to meet the needs of each cohort of students. Part-time attendance is permitted.