Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S. in Psychology)
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Program Mission and Description
This program meets the educational requirements for State licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist as set forth by the State of California. Our program is designed to be completed in a minimum of two years. Our Program is designed to be completed in a minimum of two years. However, the applicant should be aware that before being eligible to sit for the State licensing examination a candidate for the MFT license must, in addition to completing the educational requirements, acquire 3,000 hours of acceptable supervised experience in State approved settings in addition to completing the educational requiremnts.
Of the entire 3,000 hours of required supervised experience, the State requires that a minimum of 1,500 hours be acquired after receipt of the Master's Degree with an option in Marriage and Family Therapy. Further, no credit can be given for experience gathered prior to enrollment in an acceptable MFT educational program. Credit towards the pre-master's degree hours may be gained through participation in the courses on Directed Clinical Practice, PSY 585. Additionally, the State requires that the total 3,000 hours of acceptable supervised experience may not be accrued in less than 104 weeks (two complete years).
Therefore, the applicant who looks forward to MFT licensure must anticipate a commitment of three and one-half to four years from entry into this program to eligibility to sit for the state licensing examination.
The Psychology Department admits a maximum of 15 new students a year to our MFT program. Admission is in the Fall Quarter only.
The MFT Program of the CSULA Psychology Department is responsive to cultural diversity. We are committed to sensitivity and equity in education and service to members of all groups. It is expected that students accepted to the program will share this commitment.