Program Overview

CSUN's MFT Program: In a Nutshell

Curriculum
  • 64-67 unit program over 2.5 years, which includes two summers
  • 12 units of pre-requisites, which must be completed prior to beginning program
  • Meets BBS requirements for LMFT and LPCC

Cohort Model

All students must stay with their assigned cohort. Students are placed in either a Monday/Wednesday Cohort or Tuesday/Thursday Cohort. Both meet from 4:00-10:00pm in the first year and either 4:00-10:00 pm or 1:00-7:00 pm in the second year. Students are placed in a cohort depending on whether they are selected and placed in a university-affiliated field site or a community site. All cohorts begin in the Fall after acceptance. Once assigned to a cohort, students must enroll in those sections designated by course ticket number and instructor for the specific cohort. This ensures all students are able to have access to courses as scheduled. If for exceptional reasons, a student must take a course out of sequence, student must gain approval from the program curriculum coordinator.

Preparation for Licensure

  • The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) option within the M.S. degree in Counseling is an approved program and provides students with competency in the content areas required by the State Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
  • The program also qualifies you to sit for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) exam and examination for certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Fieldwork/Traineeship

  • In their second year of the program, students will begin a 15-25 hour per week field placement where they provide mental health services in the community. This is typically an unpaid training experience, and at some sites students must pay a few for their training experience. These hours may be applied toward licensure as an LMFT.
  • Students must apply for and locate a site from the approved list on the fieldwork page on this website.
  • MFT fieldwork consists of a blend of activities: attending fieldwork courses, counseling clients directly, attending supervision meetings, and participation in other professional activities that may include writing progress notes, giving information and referrals, and attending in-service and staff meetings.

Culminating Experience
  • The culminating experience is the capstone academic activity required by CSUN to receive a Master’s degree.
  • In consultation with their culminating experience faculty advisor, students complete one of three culminating experiences:
  • Option 1: Comprehensive Examination: Involves writing 8-10 papers over two semesters and a timed written exam is held approximately four (4) weeks before the end of the final semester.
  • Option 2: Master's Project: Involves conducting a review of the literature and applying this knowledge to develop a professionally relevant "project," such as a group curriculum, training video, educational website, program evaluation, or training manual.
  • Option 3: Master's Thesis: Involves conducting a qualitative or quantitative study in the area of marriage and family therapy, such as measuring the effectiveness of a program, conducting a survey, or interviewing families about their experiences in therapy.

National Accreditation

  • Our program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is the only such accredited program in the region. This accreditation ensures that our program adheres to the highest national standards for training professional counselors. This accreditation also makes it easy to transfer hours and educational experiences to qualify for licensure in another state. Our program is accredited with CACREP through March 2017.
Diversity
The MFT values diversity in all its forms, including age, race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender/sexuality identity, social economic status, language, and ability. The program has diverse students, faculty, and supervisors.

Student and Regional Demographics
Race/Ethnicity
% Total San Fernando Valley Population
CSUN MFT Students Enrolled Fall 2013
Caucasian
41.8%
44%
Hispanic
41.1%
27%
Asian
11%
7%
African American
3.3%
4%
Other
2.7%
19%

Faculty and Supervisor Demographics 2015
Race/Ethnicity
Faculty
Supervisors
Caucasian
72%
33%
Hispanic
12%
17%
Asian
4%
11%
African American
0
0
Bi-racial
4%
4%
Other
8%
33%

Completion Rates
Over the past 12 years, the MFT has consistently averaged an 85% completion rate for applicants accepted to the program. Of these, 75% complete the program in the two and half year time period.