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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Marriage & Family Therapy
multicultural 2-year face-to-face training program

Program Information

San Diego State University's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program is a full-time cohort model program with new enrollments once a year. It is an intensive program offering extensive clinical experience and rigorous academic studies to prepare students to practice as highly competent entry-level MFT's. In order to complete all requirements of the program students typically complete two years of study including 3 summers starting in early June of the first year and finishing at in the end of August in the second year.

Graduates of our program are able to provide therapeutic services and facilitate related change processes with a focus on social justice in variety of settings. As students, they participate in learning and practicing systemic and social constructionist ideas through the culturally-infused curriculum, and intensive strength-based, community-focused clinical training. Our affordable program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Our courses interweave four themes (multicultural development, social constructionist-relational vantage point, developmental view of behavior, and larger social context/systems). For detailed information on the MFT program and its expectations, please refer to an example of Essential Guide provided to MFT students.

Essential Guide for Students (Cohort of 2019)

(Click on icons for full list of courses)

Total 12 units 
Total 15 units
Total 13 units
Total  3 required, 2 optional units
Total 9 units
Total 11 units
Total 2 (optional) Units

Our Program Details

[+] Our Mission Statement
[+] Our Purpose
[+] Our Philosophy
[+] Commission on Accreditation for MFT Education Accreditation
[+] Diverse, intelligent, and compassionate student body
[+] Emphasis on teaching
[+] Active professional involvement of faculty
[+] Innovative curriculum
[+] Quality clinical training
[+] Commitment to community
[+] High rate of employment in the field
What are the Program Outcomes?
[+] What are the Student Learning Outcomes?
[+] What are Faculty Outcomes?

Timeline for Admissions and Start of Classes

Applications open in early October
and due mid-December
group interview
Small-group interviews conducted
Notifications of acceptance sent out
Online portion of classes begins
In person portion of classes begins 



The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at San Diego State University is accredited by theĀ Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Marriage & Family Therapy Program


Phone: 619-594-6109