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.

Why Pursue a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy?

Pursuing a PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy will enable students to not only provide exceptional mental health services to couples and individuals, but it was also provide upward mobility, wider professional career options, and associated higher salaries.

Increased Professional Opportunities: The doctoral program exposes students to different professional career opportunities, such as teaching in higher education, research, supervision, and mental health management. Teaching positions at universities generally require candidates to have a doctorate degree. In a clinical setting, marriage and family therapists with a doctoral degree may be more likely to be elevated to supervisory or program-director roles.

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. 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. 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.


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

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Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
(703) 838-9808