Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.)

College of Psychology and Counseling

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program provides academic and clinical training for a career as a professional marriage and family therapist. Students are trained to treat relational mental health issues with individuals, couples, and families from a family systems perspective.

The 60-unit program is designed to integrate both theory, practice, and research, grounded in Christian principles. The core curriculum focuses on academic research, theory, and clinical training. The faculty provide a rich, collaborative educational experience through mentorship, professional development, and dedication to student success. In addition to academic course requirements, students are placed in practicum sites where they undergo real-world training experiences with diverse clientele. Practicum supervisors have met rigorous supervision standards set forth by AAMFT. The MFT program at Hope International University accepts students from around the world and is dedicated to training students to work with diverse populations. The program is accredited by the Commissions on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the national accrediting body for marriage and family therapy programs. The Accreditation Standards set by COAMFTE require the program to report on student achievement. The program also meets the educational requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in California.

Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Therapy/Counseling (individual, couples, marriage, or family)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WSCUC), Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies