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Prospective Students

Counseling With Marriage & Family Therapy Option

  • 2 Yr. Program
  • Fall Admission
  • Hayward Campus Only
  • Courses offered during fall and spring semesters
  • Classes are during the day, evening, and on some weekends

For more info contact:

Dr. Nancy Deatrick

Phone: 510-885-3515


The Master’s of Science in Counseling Program with the Marriage and Family Therapy Option is designed to promote social justice and democracy by preparing knowledgeable and competent professional Marriage and Family Therapists.

The MFT Program is committed to training Marriage and Family Therapists for clinical work in a variety of settings. The program is offered annually at the Hayward Campus.

We support the advancement of social justice, democracy, and professional excellence. This philosophy is utilized in preparing knowledgeable and competent professional Marriage and Family Therapists who engage in counseling, consultation and other psychological practices from a relational perspective. The MFT profession in California provides many opportunities to become leaders in the field and to help shape the profession.

Program and Course Structure

The M.S. in Counseling with the MFT Option is a full-time, two-year program. Courses are offered in a defined cohort sequence during fall, winter, and spring terms, during the day, evening, and on some weekends.


A "cohort" is a group of professionals who enter, move through, and graduate from the program in the same group, at the same time. Cohorts foster learning communities where students and marriage and family therapist trainees support each other.


Faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology have expertise in a wide range of marriage and family therapy theories, research and practice including: strength-based interventions, social-emotional and cognitive behavioral intervention and assessment, postmodern approaches, multi-cultural counseling, group therapy, couples therapy, brief therapy, child therapy, and consultation.

Clinical Work and Fieldwork

Marriage and Family Therapists trainees are prepared for clinical work with people who are struggling with both normal life problems and more severe pathologies. We orient trainees to promote resilience and practice strength-based interventions. Coursework training, combined with actual practice in fieldwork and clinical placement sites, prepares Marriage and Family Therapist trainees to work from a relational perspective.

Marriage and Family Therapist trainees begin working in their placement sites during their second year of training. Fieldwork Placement sites are available through out the Bay area. Students complete their fieldwork training while completing course-related.

Marriage and Family Therapy Option

The Master’s in Counseling offered by the Department of Educational Psychology MFT option is designed to meet the requirements of Section 4980.37, 4980.40 and relevant subdivisions of Chapter 13 regarding Marriage and Family Therapy in Business and Professions Code of the State of California. Prospective students are advised to acquire and read the laws governing MFT licensure from the Board of Behavioral Science in Sacramento.

Field work experience is required as part of all Counseling programs. This requirement allows students actual clinical, assessment, and counseling experience under the supervision of department faculty and qualified licensed professionals working in the field.

Marriage and Family Therapy License

The Department does not issue licenses. Our Counseling Programs is designed to meet the educational requirements for the California State MFT License issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. This license requires additional experience beyond degrees, as well as written and oral exams administered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

  • Marriage and Family Therapy License
  • 3,000 hours of supervised experience
  • Standard Written examination and Written Clinical Vignette examination

Candidates successfully completing the program may apply for an MFT Intern License with the California Board of Behavioral Science; additional hours and an exam are required for licensure. Please refer to for additional information.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Profession

If possible, visit and talk to professional Marriage and Family Therapists before applying. Find out what they love about their work. CSUEB promotes ethical practice and encourages active professional participation and engagement.

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants must complete the following or equivalent courses prior to admission:

  1. STAT 1000 (Elements of Probability and Statistics)
  2. PSYC 4410 (Abnormal Psychology)
  3. PSYC 4420 (Developmental Psychology)
  4. PSYC 4610 (Personality Theory or Development)

Prerequisite Equivalency Course List

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted once annually to commence studies during Fall Quarter. Students are encouraged to attend a program orientation prior to submitting and application. Information about orientation dates and additional program descriptions including a program handbook can be viewed on the Department website.

Students applying to this program should follow the university and departmental admissions procedures, including the submission of:

  1. The University Application (online).
  2. The Departmental Application (available online on the department website).
  3. Transcripts (official transcripts sent to University; official bachelor's degree transcript sent to Educational Psychology Department. Prerequisite transcript courses may be unofficial).
  4. Three academic/professional reference letters.
  5. A personal statement.
  6. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report.

Prospective students who submit complete applications will be contacted during spring quarter. Students are admitted into cohorts that begin during fall semester only.

Degree Requirements

In addition to completing the program’s required course of study, each student’s progress is reviewed quarterly by the program’s faculty. Reviews involve student’s academic and clinical progress and appropriate professional behavior.

Professional and Licensure Websites

  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS):
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT):
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT):
For any other questions please feel free to refer to our Frequently Asked Questions Section.
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