Dominican University of California's MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA-MFT) students learn through practical experience and hands-on training guided by credentialed faculty.
The MA-MFT is a 63-unit course of study, which prepares students to become Registered Art Therapists (ATR) and Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT). With two additional courses (career counseling and trauma) taken during the program or after graduation, MA-MFT students may also sit for the examination to become a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
*The MA-MFT program at Dominican is currently pending WSCUC approval by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
Marriage and Family Therapy Program Highlights
- Close relationship with professional organizations such California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT), the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB).
- Workshops for students and continuing education for alumni by experts from around the country.
- Advisory Council of Agency Supervisors for practicum training.
- A vibrant network of art therapy alumni.
- Small classes and individual faculty advising.
- Annual student, alumni, and faculty art show.
- Option to join the Graduate Art Therapy Student Art Therapy Association.
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Fall: June 1
$959 (year one), $978 (year two),
Tuition rate is pending final Board approval. View Tuition and Financial Aid Information for additional details.
Part-time options also available.
Contact Us. Reach out to an Admissions counselor by phone (415) 485-3280 or email Katherine Vaughan.
Marriage and Family Therapy Admission, Tuition and Financial Aid
Marriage and Family Therapy Program admission requirements:
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in Art, Psychology, or Behavioral Science is preferred.
- Eighteen semester units (or 27 quarter units), in two- and three-dimensional studio art and design in a range of media, with at least three semester units in drawing, three semester units in painting, and three semester units in clay.
- A minimum of 12 semester units or 18 quarter units of study in psychology. Required classes are three units in each of the following: general psychology, lifespan developmental psychology (birth to death), abnormal psychology, and personality theory. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
- Two professional or academic recommendation letters.
- A letter of intent regarding your interest in the profession of art therapy (three-four pages).
- A portfolio of 12 color images of personal artwork representing a range of media. Portfolios may be submitted online with JPEG or PowerPoint images.
- In-person or online interview.
Fall: June 1
Spring: December 1
- The MA in Marriage and Family Therapy accepts new students each spring and fall. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
- If an application deadline falls on a weekend and/or holiday, applications will be accepted through the end of the next business day.
Learn more about tuition per unit, additional fees, and total tuition.
We'll also show you how a Dominican education is more affordable than you might think with support from scholarships and loans.
Marriage and Family Therapy Program Format and Career Paths
- Start dates: Spring and fall
The MA in Marriage and Family Therapy program is taught in-person for a minimum of 36 months for full-time students (three years, including two summers).
Full-time is considered 9 units per semester. Students may also choose to attend part-time. The program is 63 units.
Classes are taught on Dominican's beautiful 80-acre campus. Located just 12 miles north of San Francisco in Marin County.
When considering this program, applicants should be aware of, and able to attend, degree-required courses which are scheduled only during summer terms (in addition to fall and spring terms):
- A minimum of seven (up to 10) degree-required units are only offered in the summer term. Six of the classes are one-unit, week-long intensives (M-F) for three hours each day.
- There is a required one-unit course offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on a Saturday and Sunday.
- Summer classes can be completed over the course of multiple summers.
Applicants should also be aware of, and able to attend, degree-required courses scheduled from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall and spring terms. There are approximately eight weekend courses required over the course of the entire three-year program (including summer).
Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy students will demonstrate:
- Ability to understand, integrate, and communicate research data related to Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Art Therapy.
- Professional development and clinical suitability.
- Ability to effectively apply individual, group, marriage, and family therapy and Art Therapy Interventions.
- Understanding of the methods of implementation of interventions related to Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Art Therapy as well as claims and evidence in research.
- Understanding and ability to implement ethical and legal guidelines in clinical and scholarly work.
The MA-MFT is a clinical licensure course of study, leading to a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy while preparing students to apply for a license to become a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and a Registered Art Therapist (ATR).
Graduates are prepared to provide counseling and art therapy for individuals, families, groups, and communities.