Marriage and family therapy is one of the fast-growing disciplines in the field of mental health–and due to changes in healthcare laws, California is currently experiencing a shortage of marriage and family therapists.

Our Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to prepare compassionate, ethical, diversity-sensitive professional therapists. Unlike other MFT programs, ours emphasizes inclusivity, with an emphasis on populations from diverse multicultural, socioeconomic and international backgrounds, including the LGBTQ community.

Deeper Understanding, Wider Career Opportunities

The Marriage and Family Therapy PsyD Program equips you with an enhanced understanding of the complexities of love. The diversity within the family unit. The assessment and treatment of individual and group systems.

Students at Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology are on the forefront of understanding the needs of non-traditional families, widening their skill set to meet the growing demand for family therapists. And, through the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program, our students’ careers and impact in the community can reach new heights.

Societal roles; interpersonal conflict; cultural clashes; economic struggles. Through a wide range of practical training, internships, and research labs, our MFT PsyD Program exposes students to a diverse spectrum of human relationships. This enables you to master an in-depth familiarity of the needs of a wide range of people – helping make you more valuable and impactful to a wider range of clients. The doctoral degree not only allows you to hone your abilities, but can also open the door to a wider range of professional possibilities.

Real-World Training with Diverse Populations

To prepare for clinical practice, students in the PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy program receive intensive theoretical and practical skill-based training. In our COAMFTE-accredited program, students gain real-world experience with a diverse clientele in community-based practicum and internship sites, under the oversight of supervisors who meet rigorous AAMFTprofessional standards. Students also gain hands on experience through doctoral internship where they can choose two of the five options: clinical, teaching, research, supervision, and policy and administration.

Campus Locations

We offer our PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy in four different locations throughout California – making it easier for you to earn your degree right where you are. Currently, our PsyD program is offered at the following campus locations:

  • Irvine
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego

Students who are interested in expanding their worldview as a mental health practitioner can also participate in our international cultural immersion programs, which are available in India, Italy and Mexico City.

COAMFTE Accreditation

Alliant’s PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) – and is one of only two universities in the state of California with a COAMFTE-accredited doctorate program. As the national accrediting body for MFT programs, COAMFTE accreditation ensures that you are receiving the highest quality education in the field of marriage and family therapy.

Get Started Today!

Take the first step to a rewarding career in marriage and family therapy today. To learn more about either of our PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy, fill out the Request Information form at the top of this page, Live Chat us, or give us a call at 1-866-UALLIANT (1-866-825-5426).

Student Achievement Data

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.

Irvine – Student Achievement Criteria Data (.pdf)
Los Angeles – Student Achievement Criteria Data (.pdf)
Sacramento – Student Achievement Criteria Data (.pdf)
San Diego – Student Achievement Criteria Data (.pdf)

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

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