Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Pepperdine University’s online psychology master’s program prepares students for meaningful careers in psychology, human services, and related fields through a values-based curriculum. Psychology@Pepperdine is the online psychology master’s program from Pepperdine University. Designed for students who want to improve the well-being of others through an understanding of human behavior, the program teaches principles of psychology using the same curriculum as the on-campus program. Students receive a rigorous, values-based education as they learn directly from Pepperdine faculty who are active practitioners and experts in their fields. Pepperdine University’s online MFT master’s program prepares students to pursue licensure in California as LMFTs or LPCCs who help individuals, couples, and families thrive. The online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program from Pepperdine University educates students to work directly with individuals, couples, and families in need of therapeutic services. Students are prepared for licensure in California as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC). Pepperdine University offers its esteemed marriage and family therapy (MFT) master’s program online so students across the country can earn a Pepperdine graduate education without attending classes on campus. The online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program offers a rigorous, values-based education that prepares students to work directly with individuals, couples, and families in need. Students are prepared to pursue licensure in California as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC). To earn their degree, students attend weekly online classes taught by Pepperdine faculty, complete intensive online coursework accessible through an online campus, and provide supervised counseling to clients during four clinical rotations at approved sites near their community. The curriculum offers a clinical and practice-based course of study focused on current applied methods of psychotherapy and the effects of socioeconomic stressors on clients’ well-being. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required for admission to the online MFT program. Applicants who do not have a background in counseling, psychology, or a related field will complete up to 6 units of foundation courses before completing 62 units of graduate-level courses. The program is offered part-time and can be completed in 11 sessions. The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology continues its legacy of rigorous, values-based graduate education with its online Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program. The online MFT program enables students to earn a Pepperdine master’s degree from anywhere in the United States, preparing them to become licensed therapists in California who serve individuals, families, and communities in a variety of professional settings. Admissions Requirements The admissions requirements for the online MFT master’s program are the same as those of Pepperdine’s on-campus graduate psychology program. All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students who do not have a background in psychology or a related area of study will take up to 6 units of foundation coursework online before starting graduate-level courses. GRE scores are not required for admission to the online master’s program. Curriculum The curriculum offers a clinical and practice-based course of study focused on current applied methods of psychotherapy. Classes examine how stress, particularly socioeconomic stressors such as poverty, can affect the health and well-being of families, couples, and individuals. The online MFT program at a glance:

  • 62–68 units.
  • 11–12 sessions.
  • Four clinical rotations.

Here is a sample of the topics covered in the masters-level courses:

  • Mental health diagnosis, treatment, and assessment.
  • Theory and ethics.
  • Research and evaluation methods.
  • Multicultural Counseling.
  • Human Psychopharmacology.
  • Sexuality and intimacy.
  • Substance abuse treatment.

Online Learning As part of the online learning experience, students:

  • Attend live online classes. Students log in to a virtual classroom where they attend seminar-style sessions with Pepperdine professors and approximately 14 other students.
  • Complete intensive coursework. Using a virtual campus, students watch video lectures and analyze case studies. All coursework is accessible anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Build meaningful relationships. The virtual campus has many social networking tools so students can get to know their classmates and meet with professors during one-on-one office hours.
  • Receive ongoing student support. Admissions officers, technical specialists, field placement specialists, and other support teams are available to help students succeed.

Clinical Rotations Students in the online MFT program complete four clinical rotations at Pepperdine-approved clinical facilities located as close to the student’s community as possible. Students prepare for their clinical rotations by taking the PSY 661 Preparation for Practicum course, in which they discuss clinical cases and receive personalized input from their practicum instructor and their classmates. Licensure The online MFT program prepares students to pursue licensure as a licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) in California.

  • The program prepares students to pursue licensure as a licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) in California.
  • The rigorous, values-based online curriculum prepares students to work directly with individuals, couples, and families in need.
  • All classes are taught directly by Pepperdine faculty who are active practitioners and leaders in the field.
  • Students can earn a master’s degree from Pepperdine University on a part-time basis from anywhere in the United States.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 21, 2017
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