Preparing culturally competent therapists to help clients achieve a more fulfilling quality of life.
The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program is a unique, innovative educational program that prepares marriage and family therapists to address the varied mental health needs of children, adults, and families, including those with severe mental illnesses.
Our curriculum blends rigorous and collaborative classroom learning with action through fieldwork opportunities as diverse as the city we call home. The Program is offered at the Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Rosa campuses.
“I chose to pursue my graduate education at USF after six years of volunteering as a sexual assault crisis counselor. I was drawn to USF for the focus on experiential learning and the opportunity to work closely with the faculty.” - Morgan Cosby Howson, Marriage & Family Therapy MA Alumna
The MFT program emphasizes:
- A lifespan developmental perspective
- A problem-solving, goal-oriented, and cognitive behavioral therapies perspective
- A family systems perspective
- A multicultural perspective
- A strength-based, community recovery model perspective
Students will learn theories and effective practices for working with children, adults, couples, and families across the lifespan and within a variety of settings.
After graduation and completion of licensing requirements, graduates may be employed in settings that include private practice, managed care, community and public mental health agencies, schools, colleges and universities, health care facilities, and other human service agencies.
- Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
- One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. A master's degree is required to apply for a doctoral program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
- MA and Credential applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.75
- Doctoral applicants: Minimum GPA of 3.0 from a graduate program
- Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
- Current résumé.
- A Statement of Intent
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Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.
In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full time job while earning their credential, master’s or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.
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Last updated April 13, 2016