M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy (California Only):
A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is a recognized and regulated mental health service provider in California, and a valid state license is required to provide designated therapeutic services and to use the title. The M.S. in Professional Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy track is designed to prepare students for MFT or MFCC (Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor) licensure in the state of California. The M.S. in Professional Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy Track requires 60 credit hours. The program's courses will meet the academic requirements established by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The MFT specialty is unique to California, however, similar or related specializations and providers are recognized by many other states. The California MFT licensing requirements reflect relatively high standards of preparation and are among the most stringent in the country (for similar licensure). It is likely that the California requirements for the MFT will meet most of the requirements for a similar license or accreditation in other states. Nevertheless, each state has different regulations and demands; it is the students' responsibility to ascertain the requirements of a particular state and to determine how closely the California MFT preparation will satisfy their requirements.