University of San Diego
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.