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MA in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy

A master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Brandman University prepares you to support and address the needs of individuals, spouses, families and diverse communities.

Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy Degree Overview

This national-online program was designed by scholar practitioners with years of clinical experience so you can learn how to better serve your community as a marriage and family counselor. Our master's in marriage and family therapy program meets the requirements for licensure in California, and 39 other states.

Why Brandman University?

  • The MFT program is convenient and built for working adults
  • Practicum support is provided with an active list of available sites
  • Lead faculty available for mentoring and support for traineeship/fieldwork requirements
    • Transfer up to 12-semester credits*


    *Ask your advisor for petition qualifications


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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for the master's degree in marriage and family therapy 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, DC, IA, KS, MS, MO, NH, NC, NM, NY, & WI.


    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.

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    Program Curriculum

    • Foundation Courses


      PSYU 502 History and Foundations of Therapeutic Practices       


      PSYU 506 Ethical and Professional Issues  


      PSYU 522 Individual and Family Development 


      PSYU 528 Research and Bibliographic Methods


      PSYU 534 Clinical Assessment


      Foundation Courses Subtotal


      Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy  
      PSYU 512
      Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis
      PSYU 514
      Couples Therapy
      PSYU 526
      Family Systems Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis
      Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy Subtotal
      Multicultural Counseling and Techniques
      PSYU 524
      Clinical Issues in Human Diversity
      Multicultural Counseling and Techniques Subtotal
      Adult Counseling Core  
      PSYU 510
      Psychopathology and Diagnosis
      PSYU 520
      Advanced Individual Therapy I
      Adult Counseling Core Subtotal
      Specialized Topics


      PSYU 530 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling


      PSYU 536 Psychopharmacology


      PSYU 565 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting 3
      PSYU 581 Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders 3
      PSYU 582
      Community and Environmental Mental Health 3
      PSYU 586
      Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
      Specialized Topics Subtotal 18 


      PSYU 660 MFT Practicum I*: A Systemic Lens of the Developing Therapist


      PSYU 661 Practicum II*: Contextualizing the Content of Therapy


      PSYU 662
      Practicum III*:  Exploring the Therapeutic Process
      PSYU 663
      Practicum IV*: Theoretical Application and Capstone 1
      PSYU 664
      Practicum V*:  Social Context and Capstone 2
      PSYU 665 Practicum VI*:  Beyond the Classroom and Capstone 3


      Practicum Subtotal


      *If a student does not complete the required practicum hours and/or the Capstone Case Study during the PSYU 660, 661, 662, 663. 664, 665  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 660, 661, 662, 663. 664, 665 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 660, 661, 662, 663. 664, 665, or 695.


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