|Type of Degree||Master of Arts|
|Time to Complete||11 sessions|
Pepperdine University offers its esteemed marriage and family therapy (MFT) master’s program online so students across the country can earn a Pepperdine graduate education without attending classes on campus.
The online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program offers a rigorous, values-based education that prepares students to work directly with individuals, couples, and families in need. Students are prepared to pursue licensure in California as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC).
To earn their degree, students attend weekly online classes taught by Pepperdine faculty, complete intensive online course work accessible through an online campus, and provide supervised counseling to clients during four clinical rotations at approved sites near their community.
Psychology@Pepperdine highlights include:
- The program prepares students to pursue licensure as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) in California.
- The rigorous, values-based online curriculum prepares students to work directly with individuals, couples, and families in need.
- All classes are taught directly by Pepperdine faculty who are active practitioners and leaders in the field.
- Students can earn a master’s degree from Pepperdine University on a part-time basis from anywhere in the United States.
The curriculum offers a clinical and practice-based course of study focused on current applied methods of psychotherapy. Classes examine how stress, particularly socioeconomic stressors such as poverty, can affect the health and wellbeing of families, couples, and individuals.
Here is a sample of the topics covered in the master’s-level courses:
- Mental health diagnosis, treatment, and assessment
- Research and evaluation methods
- Multicultural counseling
- Sexuality and intimacy
- Substance abuse treatments
Students in the online MFT program complete four clinical rotations at Pepperdine-approved clinical facilities located as close to the student’s community as possible. In addition to their practicum site clinical experience and supervision, students participate in PSY 662 Clinical Practicum, where they discuss their clinical cases and receive personalized input from their practicum instructor and classmates.
The online MFT program prepares students to pursue licensure as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) in California. Because licensing requirements vary across states, Pepperdine strongly recommends that you contact the licensing board in the state in which you are interested in working prior to starting the online MFT program.
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for admission to the online MFT program. Applicants who do not have a background in counseling, psychology, or a related field will complete up to six units of foundation courses in addition to graduate-level courses.