Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles

M.S. in Counseling
Option in Marriage and Family Therapy

CSULA, Charter College of Education

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The Master of Science Degree in Counseling, Option in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to train family systems oriented counselors who are eligible to apply for licensure in California as Marriage, Family and Child Therapists. A minimum of 91 units are required depending upon prior coursework and culminating experience.

The distinguishing feature of this program is the focus on Family Counseling, which aims to train marriage and family therapists to work directly with couples and families as well as individuals and groups in public mental health agencies. A major component of the graduate program is direct clinical training in family therapy with multicultural clients in the first year in CSULA’s Counseling and Assessment Clinic.

Another unique characteristic of our program is the implementation of the cohort model.  Each fall, we admit 24 candidates into our program. These students progress through the program together, taking a carefully constructed sequence of classes. The purpose of this is to insure that each student will be able to finish their program within the 2 ½ - 3 year timeline, but also as a means for building collegiality and support among the student body.

Graduates from the SBFC program are eligible to:  

  • work as MFT Counselors in public mental health settings.
  • work in agencies that send therapists into schools utilizing the school-based family counseling model.

  • work in private practice settings after completion of the program under the supervision of a licensed MFT.

  • Once licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, work in a private practice setting.

Program Outcomes
Students will:
  • Students Practice Effectual Clinical Treatment and Intervention Skills with individuals, groups, couples and families.

  • Students Demonstrate Knowledge of Various Systems-Oriented and Individual and Group Counseling Theories and Strategies.

  • Students Utilize Cultural Competency in Clinical Settings. 

Program Faculty:

As a part of the Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling program, you’ll receive instruction from faculty members with extensive experience in Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology, and School-Based Family Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance.

Dr. Michael Carter

Dr. George Hong


If you’d like to learn more about the name of program Option, please contact Dr. Michael Carter, Program Coordinator at:

Application to the Program

Click HERE to find out how to apply to the program. 

Program Description
Click on the PDF IconProgram Plan to learn what types of classes you’ll be taking as part of the Marriage and Family Therapy option.

Scholarship Information

Note: Students can also choose the M.S. in Counseling option in Marriage and Family Therapy without the PPS credential. Please speak to one of the above faculty members if you’re interested in this option.

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