Marriage and Family Therapy

Preparing culturally competent therapists to help clients achieve a more fulfilling quality of life.


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The MA in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at the University of San Francisco 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.
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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

Program Description

Students will learn theories and effective practices for working with children, adults, couples, and families across the lifespan and within a variety of settings. See Program Delivery and Highlights of this 60-credit program.

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.

"The MFT program at USF offers students the opportunity to grow and develop as competent and talented therapists. With small classes and the availability of one-on-one consultation with faculty, students receive tremendous support and guidance as they navigate the program. These in-house resources, paired with experience in off-site training placements allow students to graduate thoroughly prepared to enter the field of counseling psychology."

MORGAN COSBY, Class of 2010

Counseling Psychology Department
Tel: (415) 422-6868
Fax: (415) 422-5528

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When to Apply

  • Prior to your application, we strongly recommend that you attend an information meeting and/or schedule an appointment with an advisor from the MFT program.
  • This is a competitive program, and applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Student are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • Last day to apply: Fall semester: May 1; Spring semester: Nov.1
    See more on Application Deadlines and Application Requirements.

MFT at a USF Branch Campus

Students may also choose to join a cohort for the MFT program at one of the University of San Francisco branch campuses located in Sacramento, San Jose, or Santa Rosa.

For more information contact:
Carmen Pacheco-Cueba, Coordinator, Counseling Psychology Branch Campus Programs,