2018-2019 Catalog

Marital and Family Therapy

Marital and Family Therapy Program Learning Outcomes

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Division of Human Development

Master of Science


Michael G. Laurent, Department Chair

Program Office: EAC 806, (310) 243-2032

Program Description

The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy (M.F.T.) Program is focused on providing the education required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for the student to become a registered M.F.T. Associate. The coursework is only designed for students who have been admitted to the MFT Program.

This 2-3 year degree program will complement extensive academic classroom experiences in the study of theories and techniques of marriage, family, and child counseling with practical, supervised traineeship aimed at satisfying 500 or more of the 3,000 hours required prior to eligibility for the licensing examination.


The Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy at CSU Dominguez Hills is one of only a few publicly supported programs in Southern California offering a complete evening course of study to accommodate those who work during the day. It allows for students to attend full-time and part-time.

Academic Advisement

For academic advising, please call (310) 243-2032 for students currently enrolled. The Department Chair maintains up-to-date information on licensure requirements established by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the State of California, southern California Consortium of MFT Programs, AAMFT, CAMFT, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology.


To qualify for admission to the Marital and Family Therapy Program certain prerequisite courses are required. They include: (1) Research Methods; (2) Abnormal Psychology; (3) Developmental Psychology; (4) Sociology of the Family and (5) a course in Theories of Personality.

Career Possibilities

This program’s main function is to meet the educational requirements set by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to become a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. Marital and Family Therapist Interns can be hired in the public and private sector including the established Private Practice of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This includes and is not limited to the following: Hospitals with a mental health division, counseling centers at schools, department of mental health, community counseling centers, non-profit counseling centers, dual diagnosis treatment centers, chemical abuse treatment centers, shelters for domestic violence, youth centers and religiously based counseling centers.

Admissions Requirements

  1. In many cases, completion of the Graduate Record Examination General Aptitude Test;
  2. Completion of a B.A. degree from an accredited college or university;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better in the most recent 60 semester units of upper division course work undertaken as a student;
  4. 3 letters of recommendation;
  5. An interview with the admission committee.

Those meeting the minimum requirements will be asked to submit written statements about themselves, their backgrounds, interests, and experiences. These statements will be reviewed by an admissions committee, which will then interview qualified candidates.

In addition to the above, if students are admitted into the M.F.T. Program, they will be required to take the Graduation Writing Examination (GWE) and score at least eight, or take one of the undergraduate certifying courses at CSU Dominguez Hills and make at least a grade of "B." Normally, M.F.T. students will take the exam prior to the end of their first semester (fall semester) in the program. In any case, students must either pass the exam or the course by the end of their first year in the program or be subject to disqualification.

Classified Standing and Conditionally Classified Status

Only students who have met all requirements as noted under "Preparation" for the M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy Program will be considered for admission with Classified Standing.

Students who lack any or all of the admission requirements may be considered for admission into the program with Conditionally Classified Standing. This would allow them to enroll in the University to correct their deficiencies, and also permit them to take up to nine semester units of graduate course work which could apply toward their degree if and when Classified Standing has been established. Please note that admission to Conditionally Classified Standing does not assure that a student will achieve Classified Standing in the program.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy

Candidacy status denotes successful completion of a significant portion of a student's graduate program (60 semester units). Student must complete all academic classes the semester prior to the last semester. Then, students take the written comprehensive examination during the last semester of study. Both require a positive review of all graduate work by the coordinator.  See the "Graduate Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies" section for complete requirements for Advancement to Candidacy.