MA in Marital and Family Therapy

Improve Families by Improving Relationships

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Master’s in Couple and Family Therapy Degree Overview


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The nuclear family has evolved and the American household is no longer the nuclear one of days gone by, yet the family unit remains the cornerstone of our society. In this COAMFTE-accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program, you’ll learn to help individuals and families, regardless of their structure or circumstance.

Many modern families and couples rely on the help of therapists to guide them through life changes and challenging times. With a family therapy education, you can help make a difference in how these people relate to one another, and provide them with the tools to make their lives better.

As a graduate from this program, when you begin your career as a couple and family therapist, you’ll have the education and skills you need to flourish. Some of the topics we touch on in our Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program consist of parent-child therapy, group therapy, trauma and crisis intervention, and more. Learn more about our course offerings below. Find out if our graduate school is the right fit for you and advance your career today!

 

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Faculty and Admissions

Get the information you need in order to start your Alliant experience. Browse our list of diverse faculty members, or see the latest admission requirements for your desired program.

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Program Highlights

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A Portable Degree

Alliant offers one of only nine, on-campus, COAMFTE-accredited MA MFT programs in the state of California. MFT licensure is issued on a state-by-state basis, and a degree from a COAMFTE-accredited graduate program makes it easier to obtain licensure in a new state.

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Online MFT Program

Coursework is offered completely online, and is one of only five such online programs in the nation to be COAMFTE-accredited. Choosing a program with COAMFTE accreditation makes it ideal if you are going to pursue becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and plan on traveling between states.

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Hands-on Training and More

Get hands-on training through 500 hours of direct client contact, 250 supervision hours, and at a minimum, 100 professional development hours. By the time you graduate, you’ll have between 800 to 1200 hours to apply towards your license. 

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Service and Investment

If qualified, 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. 

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Cultural Competency

This MFT program has cultural competency at its core, and consistently adds culturally and linguistically qualified mental-health professionals into the workforce.

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Compelling Coursework

In the master’s level program, you’ll explore areas such as Parent-Child Therapy, Couples Therapy, MFT Theories and Techniques, Sex Therapy, and more. 

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“I chose Alliant because they are COAMFTE-accredited, and degree portability was really important to me. My experience through the masters and doctoral MFT programs has not only prepared me to be a therapist, but also to be an advocate for my clients, and for the MFT profession as a whole.”
Nicole Sabatini Gutierrez
MFT MA and PsyD Alumna
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Degree Information


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Continuing a Legacy of Impact

MFT programs at CSPP have a long and storied history of esteemed faculty and industry luminaries that have passed through its doors to share knowledge to the next generation of family therapists. For the last 50 years, these programs have worked to produce the best marriage and family therapists and the most-respected thought leaders in the field. 

Read More About MFT’s Storied Legacy and Impactful Present

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Chemical Dependency Specialization Track

MFT students have the option to earn a specialization in Chemical Dependency. This CAADE-accredited chemical dependency specialization provides a unique opportunity for you to prepare to work with individuals, couples, and families facing addiction through professional development hours, directly related to chemical dependency treatment.

Understanding how to treat addiction is one of the most valuable professional tools an MFT can have. When working with families who are struggling with addiction, it’s imperative to know the best care clinical practices for treating chemical dependency. 

This specialization covers how to treat families from a systemic perspective, with a focus on treating clients who are experiencing addiction and substance abuse. This will be a part of your internship hours at a residential treatment center or intensive outpatient program, not as a separate clinical internship that would require increased hours. This specialization is embedded into the MA program and does not require any additional coursework.

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School Performance Fact Sheet

San Diego Student Achievement Criteria Data
Los Angeles Student Achievement Criteria Data
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Online Student Achievement Criteria Data

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.

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Irvine Diversity Chart
Online Diversity Chart

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Campus Locations in California


The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy program is offered both on-campus and online. Click an image below to learn more about each university campus and what each one has to offer.

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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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