University of San Diego

Department of Marital & Family Therapy
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The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (M.A. in MFT) is a non-thesis degree program requiring 60 units of coursework, successful completion of a comprehensive exam, and participation in an international experience. As part of the program, students complete a 12-month clinical practicum where they accumulate 500 direct client contact hours, of which at least 200 hours are with couples and families. Students also receive over 200 hours of supervision from both faculty and site supervisors. The MFT program at USD meets the guidelines for family therapy training set forth by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, which regulates licensure of marriage and family therapists in California. Additional requirements beyond the Masters degree must be completed to obtain the license, primarily post-degree supervised clinical experience. The USD MFT Program has also been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Todd Edwards
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Family Theraoy
  • 20% Family Science
  • 20% Human Development
  • 15% Assessment
  • 5% California Law & Ethics
Campus Enrollment
7,500
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

Phone Number
619-260-4538
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Todd Edwards
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Therapy Theories I &II
  • Psychopathology in the Family
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in the Family
  • Gender Issues in Family Therapy
  • Human Diversity in Family Therapy
  • Family Development
  • Couples & Sex Therapy
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology and Systems
  • Group Therapy
  • Professional Issues
  • Evidence Based Practice in Family Therapy
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Family Therapy
  • Systemic Treatment of Children
  • Families of Children with Special Needs
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Spiritual Issues in Family Therapy
  • Aging Issues in Family Therapy
  • Social Neuroscience for Family Therapists
  • Systemic Treatment of Substance Abuse
  • Self of the Therapist
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The MFT Program features a multidisciplinary faculty that exposes students to a systemic, biopsychosocial model. Students have close contact with faculty members who have diverse interests and deep clinical and scholarly experiences to offer. The MFT program seeks to attract candidates who clearly demonstrate academic potential for graduate study and whose personal qualities will contribute to their success as therapists. As such, we anticipate that applicants will already possess strong interpersonal skills. We also seek individuals whose career goals match what we believe the program has to offer. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to enrich faculty and students alike.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.