What will I learn?

Program Description

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling offers five options: (1) Career Counseling, (2) College Counseling and Student Services, (3) Marriage and Family Therapy, (4) School Counseling and (5) School Psychology. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses before formal admittance to a master’s degree program. Only students admitted to a Master of Science degree program may take classes in that program.

The MFT degree option meets master’s course requirements for both the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) licenses. Both the MFT and PCC licenses may be pursued concurrently by MFT students.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling with an option in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling prepares students for licensure as both a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California and in most other states. The state-of-the-art curriculum is designed to teach professional skills to prepare students to work in public mental health, community agencies, hospitals medical settings, schools, private agencies and private practice, and/or to pursue clinical doctoral study. The curriculum emphasizes strengths-based approaches, diversity, evidence-based practices and development of the person-of-the-therapist, while providing depth in numerous areas of clinical specialties, including children, adolescents, couples, groups, parenting, sexual abuse, substance abuse, psycho-education, severe mental illness and career interventions. Students can further develop their areas of specialty through culminating experiences, which include a master’s project, master’s thesis or individually tailored comprehensive exams. Well prepared with extensive practicum experiences in the first year, students begin intensive training in the field during the second year at community mental health agencies, public mental health, school-based and other mental health-related placements. The program’s curriculum is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for MFT licensing and the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The curriculum also integrates the Marriage and Family Therapy Core Competencies to ensure that it adheres to the highest national standards and guidelines.

Student Learning Outcomes

To fulfill the department mission, faculty engages in University and professional activities to develop and provide undergraduate and graduate programs for the preparation of professionals. At the conclusion of their program of study, students will be able to:

Develop and apply expertise in their fields of study.

Think critically and engage in reflective, ethical and legal practice throughout their education and professional lives.

Develop empathetic, respectful and congruent interpersonal skills and abilities to work successfully with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds in educational, community and mental health settings.

Communicate effectively using oral, written, listening and nonverbal attending and observational skills.

Become information-competent scholars and researchers capable of utilizing current technology in work environments, while engaging in and disseminating creative, empirical and applied research studies and program evaluations.

Collaborate skillfully and respectfully as leaders, consultants and team members in a variety of settings.

Develop skills necessary to assess and evaluate individuals and groups and to utilize current technology in work environments.

Which department am I in?

Michael D Eisner College of Education

Study options

Full Time (64 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$8,472.00 per year
Tuition and fees: USD $4,236 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2022


Michael D Eisner College of Education

ED 3121,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.

Have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted.

If cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, score at or above the 50th percentile on one of the three sections of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (i.e., verbal, quantitative or analytical).

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency: 4.0

DET – Duolingo English Test: 105

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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