Make a difference in your community with a career  in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at University of the Pacific prepares students for careers in mental health by providing a foundation in family systems and human development. The program is grounded in experiential learning and helps students become thoughtful, self-reflective practitioners, researchers and leaders. The program emphasizes competence in serving a culturally diverse society and teaching students how to think critically and strategically.

Students who complete this program will earn a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and are eligible to pursue licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Students who become Marriage and Family Therapists promote positive change for families, individuals and groups by offering treatment and counseling to those with mental health and substance abuse issues. The MA in Counseling Psychology provides a foundation in counseling skills for those who wish to enter mental health fields.

Please note: This program format cannot support an I-20 for international student visas. 

Term Courses (Units)
Year 1: Fall

EDUC 324: Intro to Counseling (1)
EDUC 201: Techniques of Research (3)
EDUC 336: Group Counseling (3)
EDUC 343: Psychopathology and Wellness Promotion (3)
EDUC 378: Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and their Caregivers (3)

Year 1: Spring EDUC 202: Statistical Thinking and Communication (3)
EDUC 379: Abuse and Crisis Intervention for Families (3)
EDUC 334: Theories of Multicultural MFT (3)
EDUC 342: Law and Professional Ethics (3)
Year 1: Summer EDUC 349: Psychopharmacology (3)
EDUC 385: Alcoholism and Chemical Substance Abuse Dependency (3)
Year 2: Fall

EDUC 346: Psychological Assessment (3)
EDUC 338: Consultation Methods (3)
EDUC 328: Couples Therapy (3)
EDUC 388: Counseling Practicum (3)

Year 2: Spring EDUC 393: Advanced Psychotherapeutic Tech (3)
EDUC 348: Neuropsychology (3)
EDUC 329: Advanced Human Development (3)
EDUC 388: Counseling Practicum (3)
Complete Capstone Experience
Year 2: Summer EDUC 387: Human Sexuality (1)
EDUC 341: History and Systems in Psychology (3)
EDUC 216: Nature and Conditions of Learning (3)


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Flexible and Personalized Education

Benerd College offers an advanced-education curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning and close professional mentorship. The Marriage and Family Therapy program provides flexible and personalized education—whether online or in the classroom—led by faculty and featuring small class sizes, a trademark of a Pacific education. 

Instructors who Care

Graduate students in the MFT program benefit from close working relationships with dedicated and passionate professors. Our distinguished faculty members are firmly engaged in the local community and provide students with exceptional opportunities for experiential learning.

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Flexible hybrid program

In-demand job market

Accelerated course schedule

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