Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)

Dominican University of California's Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students to provide counseling and art therapy for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

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Dominican University of California's MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) students learn through practical experience and hands-on training guided by credentialed faculty. 

The MAMFT 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, MAMFT students may also sit for the examination to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

The Art Therapy Psychology Master's program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/CAAHEP upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education/ACATE.

Marriage and Family Therapy Program Highlights

MA in Marriage and Family Therapy
Application DeadlinesTuition Rate Per Unit UnitsFormat and Length
Fall: June 1
Spring: Dec. 1

36 months (full time).

Part-time options also available.

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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. Find complete instructions on how to submit your transcripts to Dominican here.
  • 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.

Please note: Criminal background checks, or information relating to a student’s criminal background, are not used as part of the admissions process at Dominican University of California (DUOC). Students should be aware that some programs train students to sit for the State of California or national licensure and certification examinations that qualify them to work in the field relating to their program of choice.

The following programs constitute a list of 2021/2022 DUOC programs that train for licensure or certification: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistants, Counseling Psychology, Art Therapy (Marriage & Family Therapy), and Education. 

Students with questions relating to criminal background requirements, who wish to enroll in these programs at DUOC should speak to an Academic Advisor and reference the specific qualifications for degree completion, and license or certification. 

Application Deadlines:
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 MAMFT 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.

Degrees Offered


Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Program Contact

Deepa Raghupathy, MBA

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

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Master of Art Therapy

The Art Therapy department also offers a Master of Art in Art Therapy — An intimate on-campus learning experience designed to prepare students for successful careers in art therapy.

MA in Art Therapy

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Faculty and Staff

Richard Carolan

Richard Carolan, ATR-BC, EdD

Professor of Art Therapy Department Chair
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Victoria Dobbins

Adjunct Instructor
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Arnell Etherington Reader

Adjunct Professor
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Cheryl Feldman

Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Jordan Gonzales

Adjunct Instructor
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Lisa D. Hinz, PhD, ATR-BC

Associate Professor of Art Therapy Director of Art Therapy, PhD
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Kerry Linetzsky

Adjunct Associate Professor
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Lisa Manthe

Adjunct Professor
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Erin Partridge

Adjunct Professor
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Gwen J. Sanders

Adjunct Professor
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Deborah Sharpe

Adjunct Professor
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Savannah Stone

Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Julie Carolan

Administrative Program Manager, Art Therapy
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Victoria Mycue

Adjunct Assistant Professor