California Polytechnic State University

Department of Psychology & Child Development

About the Program

Last Updated: 
January 01, 2009

The M.S. in Psychology is a professional degree program designed for persons who desire to practice in the field of clinical/counseling psychology. Cal Poly's M.S. in Psychology fulfills the educational requirements for the state of Californias Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license. The program emphasizes personal, academic and practical knowledge and skill development which will enable each graduate to become competent in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and treatment planning for individuals, families, and children. Research competence and ethical practices are also emphasized. Closely supervised pre-fieldwork practicum experiences leading to challenging fieldwork in agencies is the cornerstone of Cal Poly's preparation for the future clinician. Closely supervised experience in Cal Poly's on-campus practicum clinic serving clients from the community provides trainees with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence before undertaking fieldwork in community agencies. In addition, the Central Coast of California offers numerous well-supervised clinical traineeships in public and private non-profit agencies with a variety of client populations.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. J. Kelly Moreno
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Therapy34%
  Individual Psychotherapy33%
  Group Psychotherapy33%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 

Graduate Program

Dr. J. Kelly Moreno
Courses Offered: 
  • Family Intervention
  • Lifespan Theories
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Counseling & Communication
  • Ethnic Counseling
  • Substance Abuse
  • Individual Therapy: Theory & Application
  • Ethics & the Law: MFT
  • Diagnosis/Treatment: Psychopathology
  • Group Therapy: Theory & Application
  • Counseling Clinic Practicum
  • Family Therapy: Theory & Application
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy: Theory & Application
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Gender, Couple & Sexual Dysfunction Therapy
  • Field Experience: Marital & Family Counseling
  • Research Methods for Counseling Psychology
  • Research Applications in Psychology & Human Services
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Special Topics Seminar

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Clinical/Counseling Psychology

The Master of Science in Psychology is a 90-quarter unit professional degree program designed to provide the state of California with highly competent master-level clinicians who are academically prepared to obtain the marriage and family therapy (MFT) license. The program places a heavy emphasis on clinical skill training and applied experience that begins early in the program and culminates with an intensive supervised internship in a community mental health setting.


Faculty at California Polytechnic State University