Among San Diego’s Finest MFT PsyD Programs

San Diego is not only referred to as America’s finest city but also includes one of California’s finest COAMFTE-accredited Marriage and Family Therapy PsyD Degree Programs.

Indeed, our standards are high. As one of the older MFT programs in all of California with the founding of the California School of Professional Psychology in 1969, our San Diego PsyD Degree Program has always had lofty goals. Our variety of accessible practicum locations, impassioned and experienced faculty, and specialized graduate certificate programs all contribute to helping you become a compassionate, multiculturally focused, and confident therapist.

Requirements of the San Diego MFT PsyD Program

Marriage and Family Therapy PsyD students must complete the master’s level courses and practicum requirements. Students who complete their masters at Alliant can apply all 60 units toward the 114 units required by the PsyD degree. All but 30 of these units must be earned at Alliant.

Average timelines to complete the PsyD degree curriculum include:

  • Full-time student also completing the master’s program – 5 years
  • Full-time student who’s already completed the master’s program – 3 years
  • Full-time student who’s transferring units from another university – 4 years
  • Part-time student – 6 years

All doctoral students have a maximum of 10 years to complete the MFT Psyd program.

Highlights of San Diego’s MFT PsyD Program

Graduate students of our San Diego PsyD degree program can expect the following:

1. Equal Emphasis Placed on Learning in the Classroom and Field

Your path toward your doctorate degree begins in the classroom, improving your knowledge of MFT theories, methodologies, and research, and promotes inclusivity of diverse cultures, age groups, religions, socioeconomic statuses, and the LGBT community.

You will then take your education and apply it to professional training opportunities to fulfill your intership requirements and your interests as a therapist. Our network of intership opportunities is diverse, both in number of organizations and types of clientele.

Our PsyD students are required to choose 2 of 5 possible components to complete their pre-degree internship: clinical, teaching, scholarship, supervision, and policy and administration. These internship opportunities include locations focused on assisting:

  • students enrolled at a local San Diego college seeking therapy for a variety of individual or familial issues
  • youth ages 5 to 21 enrolled in Juvenile Court and Community School Districts with the goal of returning to mainstream education
  • young students who are struggling with academic success, anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance abuse and other emotional hardships
  • children caught in the middle of custody disputes
  • homeless and at-risk of being homeless individuals requiring counseling
  • bereaved families struggling with grief and loss of the recent death of a loved one
  • families facing general relational issues
  • victims of sexual assault and domestic violence
  • low-income children and adolescents who meet seriously emotionally disturbed (SED) criteria

Using a combination of our ties throughout the San Diego mental health provider community, networking through practicum agency fairs, and much more, the San Diego MFT PsyD program can help you find a practicum location specific to your interests and career goals.

2. Comprehensive Degree Program

The San Diego MFT PsyD Degree prepares graduate students with everything they need to become aspiring therapists:

  • Skill-based practicum training in a real-world setting
  • Education, theory, methodology in the classroom from distinguished faculty members
  • Eligible coursework and practicum hours may apply toward the San Diego MFT PsyD Program, as well as other eligible MFT PsyD programs offered at our other California campuses

3. Accreditation

Lastly, CSPP’s Marriage and Family Therapy PsyD Degree is one of a selection of other COAMFTE-accredited programs in all of California*.

COAMFTE accreditation carries many benefits for MFT students that can be read about here.*

Ready to Advance Your Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy?

We believe the journey is often just as important as its destination. It’s our job to make your journey to become a marriage and family therapist one of the most memorable and proudest experiences of your life.

Positively impact individuals, families, and the world around you. This PsyD program will improve the clinical skills required to treat trauma, abuse, chronic pain, marital conflicts, substance abuse, eating disorders, and the many other challenges people face regularly.

For more information about our San Diego PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy Degree, contact the California School of Professional Psychology today.


*The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University in San Diego is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808,

* Licensure is regulated at a state level and licensure requirements vary from state to state. Students should always contact the licensing board in the state they would like to seek licensure. You can find a listing of State Licensure Boards at