Schools with MFT Degree Programs

MFT SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR APPLICANTS (2016 PROGRAM UPDATES)

The list below identifies California schools with MFT Programs which have been evaluated by the Board. These programs meet the MFT licensure requirements, pursuant to California Business and Professions Code (BPC) §4980.36, for students who began graduate studies on or after August 1, 2012.

This list includes those schools who have submitted curriculum to the Board for review in 2015. Each of the links below will take you to the school's website, where you can find specific degree program information. Please contact the school if you have questions about whether or not the program meets the degree requirements for MFT licensure. Some schools may have multiple campus locations offering MFT programs, however. Please contact the school directly for more specific information on program availability and compliance.

Since schools occasionally change program curriculum and course descriptions, the list below may not reflect these changes. Please contact the school directly, to ensure that the degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the applicant to comply with all requirements for registration and licensure.

Please note California Code of Regulations (CCR) §1807.2 requires all applicants for licensure to complete coursework (at least 7 contact hours of training) in child abuse assessment and reporting.

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Accreditation and BPPE Approval

For California licensing purposes, accredited schools are those institutions that are accredited by one of the following established organizations:

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSA).
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA).
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

California schools not accredited by one of the above organizations may qualify with school approval from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

APPLICANTS WHO BEGAN GRADUATE STUDY ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1, 2012

Senate Bill (SB) 33 changed the educational requirements for marriage and family therapist licensure for applicants who began graduate study on or after August 1, 2012, as indicated in Business and Professions Code (BPC) §4980.36.

APPLICANTS WHO BEGAN GRADUATE STUDY BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2012

Applicants who began a degree program prior to August 1, 2012 and graduated before December 31, 2018 may be eligible for marriage and family therapist licensure according to Business and Professions Code (BPC) §4980.37.

NOTICE TO ALL CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS REGARDING OUT OF STATE DEGREES

Applicants currently enrolled-in or considering online degree programs based in other states, please note the Board will evaluate these degree programs on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with California out-of-state requirements.  The Board has not included out-of-state degree programs in the list above.

Please contact your school to ensure that the program integrates the California-specific content required for registration and licensure in California. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure California requirements have been satisfied within the degree program. Applicants with out-of-state degrees lacking the required California coursework may refer to the list above for California schools offering these courses.