Program Overview

Our PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy Degree Program is designed to enable you to holistically treat your clients. This field of psychology places focus on every aspect that makes up who we are as individuals and as members of our various communities. Through our model of scholarship paired with hands-on practice, you will be armed with the skills you need to make an impact with individuals, families, and the societal constructs which bind us all together.

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Program Highlights

COAMFTE-Accreditation

Alliant is proud to offer one of only nine on-campus COAMFTE-accredited MA MFT programs in the state of California.

Hands-on Training

During your program, you will get 100 hours of direct, hands-on training—priming you for impact from the moment you take your first step of off the Alliant commencement stage.

Service and Investment

After completing the program, you can receive up to $50,000 of loan reimbursement from the National Health Services Corps in exchange for two years of work in an underserved area.

Cultural Competency

You will join a program that has cultural competency at its core, and consistently adds culturally and linguistically qualified mental-health professionals into the workforce through its quality and connections.

Compelling Coursework

Through your program, you will explore courses like: Advanced Couple Therapy, Social Basis of Behavior, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, and many more. (Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.)

Location Options

You can choose from four of California’s most desirable locations as the home for your PsyD studies: Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego.

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Faculty Spotlight: Sean Davis

Sean Davis, PhD, is the most cited author in the field of marriage and family therapy. He is the winner of the Article of the Year award from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, twice over, is a professor of Couples and Family Therapy at our Sacramento campus, and he is our Online MFT Program Director.

His passion for the field, his dedication to his students, and his prolific publications make him the perfect partner for students who wish to present at conferences, or publish their work during their studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Marriage and Family Therapy is one of the fastest-growing fields in psychology today. The Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that it will grow by 23% over the next 10 years—compared to just 16% for counselor and therapist positions of all types. Growth is expected due to the increasing use of integrated care, which is a treatment of multiple problems at one time by a group of specialists, such as marriage and family therapists working with substance abuse, behavior disorder, or mental health counselors to address patients’ issues as a team. Other positions graduates of this program find themselves in are: clinical supervisor, clinical director, policy evaluator, college professor—and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Graduates of our doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program often work in outpatient care centers, inpatient care centers, hospitals, schools, social services for local, state, and federal governments, substance abuse centers, and private practices. They can also open their own practice or go into fields related to law, corrections, the military, churches and religion-based fields, and employee relations and benefits for companies both big and small.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at: scholarships.alliant.edu.

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about your financial aid options here.

You may begin work on the dissertation at any time, though formal approval of the dissertation and proposal requires Advancement to Candidacy and registration in the dissertation course. So, while you may work with faculty before that time, they will not be able to schedule a proposal meeting until you are registered in the dissertation course and Advanced to Candidacy. Most of your formal dissertation courses will be taken during the fourth and fifth years in the program.

The MFT PsyD degree program is offered as a semester-long program and is open for enrollment during the Spring and Fall enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 Fall Semester academic calendar here.

The PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy degree is a 114-credit program and takes a minimum 5 years to complete, across 14 semesters.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSPP

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is Alliant’s cornerstone school and was built on a legacy of thought leadership, multicultural competence, and quality of care. CSPP’s programs pair hands-on professional practice with academic rigor in order to prepare the next generation of psychologists and mental health care professionals.

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