Marital and Family Therapy, MS

Program Description

The Master of Science in Marital & Family Therapy program is consistent with Loma Linda University's vision of transforming lives through whole person care. Our mission is to bring health, healing, wholeness, and hope to individuals, families, and communities through education, research, clinical training, and community service. The MS program accomplishes this by addressing relational needs and concerns of individuals and families over the life course in the contexts of communities and global society.

The MS MFT program is fully COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) accredited. This is the national accreditation organization for Marriage and Family Therapy programs throughout the United States.  This ensures the students receive a comprehensive academic and clinical training and that they will be working with individual, couples, families, children, and adolescent in diverse settings.


The Department of Counseling and Family Sciences offers a combined degree in Marital and Family Therapy with Counseling (MS/MS).

Program Length

2 Years

Possible Careers

Graduates from Loma Linda University's MFT Master's program are in demand as administrators, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, medical family therapists, alcohol and drug specialists, case managers, family and clinical mediators, clinic directors in working environments - both for and non-profit agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, family court, group homes, private practice, and professional organizations.

Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Spring of 2020 Sep 1, 2019 Jan 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2020
Summer of 2020 Sep 1, 2019 Mar 1, 2020 Apr 30, 2020
Autumn of 2020 Sep 6, 2019 Dec 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2020

Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Additional admission requirement include:


Please reference the Admissions Requirements.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $37,350 $37,350
Fees $3,525 $4,850
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,600
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $42,075 $43,800


Expected costs for the academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year , off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 12
Room & Board $11,655 $15,540
Transportation $2,880 $3,840
Personal Expenses $2,070 $2,760


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.