Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Over the past few decades, the country has seen a growth spurt in non-traditional relationships and family systems. It’s clear that the picture of the home has changed. But the importance of the home has not.

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 (MFT) 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 Marriage, and Family Therapy PsyD Program exposes students to a diverse spectrum of human relationships. This enables you to master an in-depth familiarity with the needs of a wide range of people—helping make you more valuable and impactful to a wider range of clients. The doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy not only improves your abilities but can open the door to a wider range of professional possibilities.

An MFT PsyD can also afford you greater professional development and opportunity. You could be more likely to secure a university teaching position which would allow you to pass on your own knowledge and experience, or you could earn your way to a supervisory or program-direction role if you choose to continue to work in a clinical setting. And there is plenty of opportunity as California is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified marriage and family therapists and an MFT PsyD will open, for you, the doors of a field that is booming like few other specialties are in today’s mental health care market.

A Boots-On-The-Ground Approach

Life can’t be explored from behind a desk. At Alliant, our programs are designed to give you a holistic education that equips you with hands-on experience in the field.

Intense theoretical and practical training starts in year one. Immersive, community-based practicum starts in year two. Doctoral internship starts in year three and you choose your focus: clinical, teaching, research, supervision, or policy.

The Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy program is currently offered at the following California campus locations: Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego. Throughout the Marriage and Family Therapy PsyD Program at Alliant, you will have the opportunity to be immersed in your local community and prepare to impact and serve every community in which you live and work from then on.

A Doctoral Program with Distinction

When choosing a school of higher education, there are dozens of aspects to consider. But ultimately, it comes down to quality. Quality curriculum. Quality standards. Quality opportunity. At Alliant, we check every box.

Quality Curriculum is entrenched in our mission. But it exists outside of the pages on which it’s written; it’s in our actions. Alliant is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)—the only PsyD in the state of California to earn that title.

Quality Standards isn’t just a nomenclature. Our faculty is distinguished in both academia and the professional world. The California School of Professional Psychology is nationally and internationally recognized. And our demand for diversity is unrivaled by other institutions.

Quality Opportunity is found beyond the classroom. Our professors are intimately tied to the marriage and family therapy community. They are invaluable in helping you meet your professional goals. And within our Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, you receive real-world experience under the oversight of supervisors who meet the rigorous professional standards of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

We don’t take it lightly when a student chooses us for their education. Making Alliant International University your home means choosing more than just a school. It means choosing quality, from faculty to finish.

Learning at Alliant is not just about coursework, though that’s paramount. It’s not just about internships, though they’re vital. The greatness of an institution of higher education can be found in the harmonious balance of both scholarship and hands-on training. It’s also found in those you are learning with, learning from, and how you will transform your education into impact.

The Alliant Choice

In our interconnected world, homogeny has been replaced with heterogeneity. At Alliant, it’s not about “fitting in,” because there is no one way to be. Our student body is uniquely diverse, they come from a world of backgrounds and they’ve all had a unique experience. Your exposure to this wealth of diverse experiences will help shape you into a more culturally-refined individual, while still sharing the one thing that all of our students have in common: A desire to better the world.

Helpful. Supportive. Open. These are just some of the ways our staff have been described by students. From application to graduation, we are here to help you succeed. And our faculty? They’re some of the best in their field, working professionals who are not only intimately familiar with changing trends, but are often the ones making change happen.

We know that everyone has a unique story and situation. That is why we tailor our programs to fit the needs of first-time freshmen and transfer students alike. We firmly believe that education should be accessible to all. Alliant will meet you right where you are. Right when you need us.

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

As part of COAMFTE requirements, we provide data on graduation rates, national exam pass rates, and licensure rates. Please follow the link below for the related data. We hope this information will help you 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)

Program Diversity

As part of COAMFTE requirements, we provide the diversity composition of our student body, faculty, and supervisors. Please follow the link below for the related data. We hope this information will help you make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.

Irvine – Program Diversity Chart (.pdf)
Los Angeles – Program Diversity Chart (.pdf)
Sacramento – Program Diversity Chart (.pdf)
San Diego – Program Diversity Chart (.pdf)

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

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