MS in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy and/or Professional Clinical Counseling

Dominican's Master's in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and/or a concentration in Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) is a 60 unit program designed to prepare students to meet requirements for MFT & PCC licensure in California. The degree concentration is designed to meet the educational requirements of the Business and Professions Code, section 4980.36 for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and sections 4999.33 for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor.

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Dominican’s Master’s MFT & PCC program in Counseling Psychology delivers a broad-based, comprehensive curriculum through a combination of coursework, supervised practicum and participation in personal psychotherapy.

Fast Facts

  • Our graduates consistently score above the statewide average on the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) written examination given by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Approximately 90 percent of our graduates are licensed MFTs or registered MFT associates.
  • 70% of current practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists will be retiring in the next 5 years.
  • The demand for Marriage and Family Therapists will not be attained for at least 10 years.
  • California is the 50th state to License Professional Clinical Counselors
  • There are more than 120,000 PCC's in the other 49 states and, as of 2016 approximately 1,200 in California.
  • Community Mental Health programs are very well funded and there are not enough experienced personnel to fill their needs.
  • Dominican trainees are prized and in demand by community agencies in the Bay Area.

Program features

  • Well-established practicum programs
  • Experienced, approachable faculty
  • Convenient location in Marin County
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Interactive instruction in a variety of orientations: traditional, innovative, and alternative
  • Excellent training in diagnosis and treatment, adapted to a wide range of mental health disorders, including co-occurring disorders

Having the faculty share their hands-on, clinical experiences in the classroom not only opened my eyes to what was ahead, but was an invigorating experience. The faculty's personal stories meant more than any fictional, textbook cases ever could.

  —Anicia Williams '07


Practicum provides the opportunity for students to both utilize the skills which they have learned and to build their counseling experience with the supervision provided by an on-site supervisor and consultation provided in their Practicum Seminar classes. Counseling Psychology students from Dominican University of California are known within the community for the depth and breadth of their academic and professional training. See where our students had practicum placements.


Clinical Case Proficiency Review

The purpose of the CCPR is to provide an opportunity for students to integrate, apply and demonstrate their knowledge through the presentation of a written case study and an oral review. Students must be a Candidate for the degree and in good standing in the Department of Counseling Psychology to qualify to take the CCPR.