University of Southern California

Department of Marriage & Family Therapy
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The MFT master's degree program in the Rossier School of Education at USC trains highly competent MFTs who are proficient in working with diverse client populations in a pluralistic society. Students serve clients in urban communities, providing individual, couples, and family therapy, for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly population from a wide variety of backgrounds, with various therapeutic issues. The program provides personalized attention to students, including small class sizes, active advisement/mentorship, and a cohort model; immersing students in a small, tight-knit learning community. Students come from a variety of training backgrounds, not just psychology, and are graduates of nationally and internationally recognized institutions. Graduates meet eligibility requirements for licensure in California and most other states. Our students are aggressively recruited for internship/employment positions post-graduation, and often return to USC to participate in alumni and recruitment events, wanting to continue their alliance with USC and the MFT program.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Ginger Clark
Department Emphasis
  • 45% General Counseling & Therapy
  • 33% Family Therapy
  • 17% Research & Measurement
  • 5% Human Development
Campus Enrollment
33,500
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

Waite Phillips Hall
Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4038
United States

Phone Number
213-740-5535
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Ginger Clark
Graduate Courses Offered
  • The Counseling Process
  • Professional Identity, Law and Ethics for Counselors
  • Theories in Counseling
  • Counseling Through the Lifespan
  • Psychopathology: Advanced Techniques for MFTs
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Counselors
  • Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Measurement Procedures for Counselors
  • Career Development: Theory and Practice
  • Psychopharmacology and the Effects of Substance Abuse
  • Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Child and Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Group Counseling: Theory and Process
  • Perspectives on Human Sexuality
  • Couples Counseling
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling: Research and Practice
  • Field Work in Counseling a/b
  • Master's Seminar a/b
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
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.