Welcome to CSUN's MFT Webpage
This is the Student Handbook for our program. Here you will find all the information you need to apply, get through, get out, and get hired.
Quick Program Overview
- Mission: Our mission is to train competent marriage and family therapists to serve the needs of individuals, couples, children, and families in the the diverse communities of Southern California. We seek to provide a supportive, engage learning environment that enables our students to develop effective working relationships with diverse clients, competency in contemporary therapy theories, and a solid foundation in the field's evidence-base. Our students are prepared to provide services in community, public, and private mental health settings and eventually to serve as leaders in the field. Many students also choose to pursue doctoral studies upon graduation.
- Licensure: The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) option within the M.S. degree in Counseling is an approved program and provides students with competency in the content areas required by the State Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). It also qualifies you to sit for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) exam. Upon graduation students qualify for registration as an MFT Intern to gain further hours towards licensure.
- National Accreditation: Our program is nationally accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE; connected with AAMFT) and is one of two such accredited program in the region. This accreditation ensures that our program adheres to the highest national standards for training in marriage and family therapy. This accreditation also makes it easier to transfer hours and educational experiences to qualify for licensure in another state. We make ongoing efforts to keep our accreditation current, which is granted by an external agency and therefore cannot be guaranteed by the university. The student achievement data for our program is updating annually and posted on our accreditation page.
- Our Curriculum: Designed to teach practical skills as well as master academic knowledge, our 64-67 unit curriculum provides students with a cutting edge, comprehensive foundation for successfully entering contemporary practice settings. Our program is an afternoon/evening cohort (7 semesters over 2 and a half years). Students must successfully complete all pre-requisites prior to beginning the program. The curriculum and/or fieldwork requirements are subject to change based on changes in state licensing and accreditation requirements. Students are able to work part-time (20-30 hours per week) while in the program. We do not offer a track designed for full-time working students and professionals.
- Our Faculty: The diverse faculty in CSUN's MFT program are nationally recognized leaders in the field of couple and family therapy. They are dedicated to ensuring students have an exceptional learning experience and succeed in their journey to become a licensed professional. An overview of faculty and supervisor diversity are reported each year on the program overview page.
- Our Students: Our students share an enthusiasm and commitment to becoming skilled clinicians. We have a diverse student body, varying in age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religious background, immigrant status, and family structure, among other things, which creates an ideal climate for learning to become a family therapist. An overview of student diversity factors is reported each year on the program overview page.