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The nuclear family has evolved and the American household no longer looks the same as it has in the past, yet the family unit remains the cornerstone of our society. In this online, and COAMFTE-accredited marriage and family therapy master's degree program, 你将学会帮助个人和家庭, regardless of their home structure or circumstance. The MFT masters program gives knowledge in behavioral science, mental health counseling, and the ways to address issues in dysfunctional family interactions under the supervision of a reputable MFT faculty.

Family counseling is a form of counseling psychology that aims to improve communication and resolve family conflicts. Many modern families and couples rely on the help of therapists with a clinical psychology background to guide them through life changes and challenging times. With a family therapy education and clinical practice experience, you can help make a difference as a therapist or mental health counselor in how these people relate to one another, and provide them with the tools to make their lives better.

作为家庭治疗项目的毕业生, you'll have the education and skills you need to join the profession with confidence as a couple and family therapist or mental health counselor. Some of the topics you'll touch on in the marriage and family therapy master's program include family science, parent-child therapy, group therapy, trauma and crisis intervention, 以及其他与你的辅导员教育有关的. 了解更多关于课程设置如下.

To learn more about this family therapy graduate program and other offerings, visit our CSPP-dedicated microsite. You’ll find videos featuring our university president, dean of CSPP, and faculty, 以及许多交互功能!





Program Highlights

A Portable Degree

Alliant提供为数不多的校内课程之一, COAMFTE-accredited MA MFT programs in the state of California. MFT许可证是按州颁发的, and a degree from a COAMFTE-accredited graduate program makes it easier to complete the licensure requirements and obtain MFT licensure in a new state.

Accredited Online MFT Program

课程完全在线提供, and is one of only a small number of online MFT programs in the nation to be COAMFTE-accredited. Choosing an online master program with COAMFTE accreditation makes it ideal if you are going to pursue becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and plan on traveling between states.

Hands-on Training 

Get into clinical mental health counseling and hands-on training through 300 hours of direct client contact, 100 supervision hours, 以及至少100个小时的专业培训, giving you 600 to 1,300小时来申请驾照.成功实习的六个步骤

Service and Investment

If qualified, you can receive up to $50,000 of loan reimbursement from the National Health Services Corps in exchange for two years of work in an underserved area.

Cultural Competency

This MFT program has cultural competency at its core, and consistently adds culturally and linguistically qualified mental-health professionals into the workforce.

Compelling Coursework

在婚姻家庭治疗项目中, you'll explore areas relevant to mental health professions such as parent-child therapy, couples therapy, MFT theories and techniques, sex therapy, and more.










Marriage and Family Therapy or Clinical Counseling; Which Path is Best for You?


Degree Information

Continuing a Legacy of Impact

MFT programs at CSPP have a long and storied history of esteemed faculty and industry luminaries that have passed through its doors to share knowledge to the next generation of family therapists. For the last 50 years, these programs have worked to produce the best marriage and family therapists and the most-respected thought leaders in the field. 

Read more about our legacy 



MFT graduate students have the option to earn a specialization in chemical dependency. This CAADE-accredited chemical dependency specialization provides a unique opportunity for you to prepare to work with individuals, couples, and families facing addiction through professional development hours, 与药物依赖治疗直接相关.

Understanding how to treat addiction is one of the most valuable professional tools an MFT masters program can have. When working with families who are struggling with addiction, it's imperative to know the best care clinical practices for treating chemical dependency.

This specialization covers how to treat families from a systemic perspective, with a focus on treating clients who are experiencing addiction and substance abuse. This will be a part of your internship hours at a residential treatment center or intensive outpatient program, not as a separate clinical internship that would require increased hours. This specialization is embedded into the MA program and does not require any additional coursework.


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作为comfte要求的一部分, we provide the diversity composition of our student body, faculty, and supervisors. 相关数据请点击以下链接. We hope this information will help you make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.

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Career Outcomes

  • 学校心理健康服务
  • 社区精神健康服务
  • Social work and human services
  • 住宅处理设施, 包括对药物滥用的专门治疗, eating disorders, domestic violence, and trauma
  • Mental health services offered by private practitioners
  • 教学及教育服务
  • 博士水平的教育和培训
  • Writing and publication.

Frequently Asked Questions



Marriage counselors and family therapists are experts in clinical mental health counseling which is crucial as there are various struggles that families and couples encounter that require professional intervention. Whether it is a newly engaged couple looking to establish a strong foundation for their marriage or a family struggling to cope with their children's behavioral problems, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) can use their expertise in behavioral sciences to provide the necessary guidance for them to overcome their difficulties and achieve success.


What scholarship and financial aid options are available?

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant International University offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.


When does the program start?

The master’s program is offered as both a semester-long and eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. 你可以找到我们为期八周的课程 academic calendar here. 



The MA MFT degree program is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of two years to complete, 6个学期或13个学期, 这取决于哪个日历适用于你.



You can earn your MA in marital and family therapy degree online or on-campus at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, or Sacramento.

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"I chose Alliant because they are COAMFTE-accredited, 学位的可移植性对我来说非常重要. My experience through the masters and doctoral MFT programs has not only prepared me to be a therapist, 同时也为我的客户辩护, 以及整个MFT行业."

Nicole Sabatini Gutierrez
MFT MA and PsyD Alumna

Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. 我们提供经过认证的教育, 注重实用知识和技能, 与不同的教师和校友保持联系, 以学生体验为目标.

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Founded in 1969, CSPP was one of the nation’s first independent schools of professional psychology. Today, CSPP continues its commitment to preparing the next generation of mental health professionals through graduate-level degree programs in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, clinical counseling, organizational psychology, psychopharmacology, and more.


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