MA in Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy

This degree program prepares students to understand the intrapersonal nuances that affect interpersonal relationships through the phases of life.

Marriage & Family Therapy Degree Overview

The Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy meets education requirements for both the California Business and Professional Code sections 4980.37 and 4980.40 and the Washington state Revised Code of Washington (RCW 18). Graduates will have met the curriculum requirements required to seek marriage and family therapy licensure in 39 states including California and Washington.

As a student, you will:

  • Learn multiple individual and systemic theoretical modalities. 
  • Practice and master the use of interventions found in each theory.
  • Apply assessment techniques to include mental status exam, crisis evaluation, and diagnostic assessments
  • Learn the legal and ethical standards of the profession and demonstrate professional decision making in practicing.
  • Implement theory and techniques to facilitate a group process.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of psychopharmacological agents in therapy.
  • Analyze the role of environmental factors and community resources in providing mental health services.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural nuances in therapy


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1042 Tautog Circle, Silverdale, WA 98315
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1600 Chester Ave, Engineering Building (ENG) Room 110, Bremerton, WA 98337
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2450 Martin Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
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6242 Colorado Avenue, Room B-148, Ft. Lewis, WA 98433
Hanford Campus
325 Mall Drive, Hanford, CA 93230
Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618
Lacey Campus
1445 Galaxy Drive NE, Suite 201, Lacey, WA 98516
McChord AFB Campus
851 Lincoln Blvd, Room 323, McChord AFB, WA 98438
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
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Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
Santa Clarita Campus
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    Admissions Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Autobiographical Essay
    • Three recommendation forms
    • Signed Ethical and Responsibility Statement form
    • View the Psychology Program Introduction Video
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of AR, CT, KS, MS, MO, NH, NM, NY, NC, WI, & DC.


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Graduate Level Exams

    Most of Brandman’s Master Degree programs do not require a graduate level exam; however, there are a few that do. For detailed information about which Brandman programs have graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the Brandman University Catalog.

    Program Curriculum

    • Foundation Courses


      PSYU 501 The Counseling Process


      PSYU 508 Life Span Development/Aging and Long Term Care


      PSYU 511 Psychological Assessment


      PSYU 532 Research and Bibliographic Methods


      PSYU 578 Ethical and Professional Issues


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      Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy


      PSYU 541 Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis


      PSYU 556 Family Systems Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis


      PSYU 561 Marital Systems and Studies and Domestic Violence


      Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy Subtotal


      Multicultural Counseling and Techniques


      PSYU 613 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity


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      Adult Counseling Core


      PSYU 570 Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis


      PSYU 575 Advanced Individual Counseling I


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      Specialized Topics


      PSYU 533 Psychopharmacology


      PSYU 565 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting


      PSYU 581 Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders


      PSYU 582 Community and Environmental Mental Health


      PSYU 586 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse


      PSYU 652 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling


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      PSYU 688 Practicum I *


      PSYU 689 Practicum II *


      PSYU 690 Practicum III *


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      *If a student does not complete the required practicum hours and/or the Capstone Case Study during the PSYU 688, 689, 690 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required PSYU 695 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a P in the PSYU 688, 689, 690 courses or until the student's seven-year program completion timeline has expired. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in PSYU 688, 689, 690, or 695.


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