Alternative Program Name

MS, Counseling with MS, Marital and Family Therapy with School Counseling Certificate

Program Description

This program offers the maximum flexibility for those seeking a career in behavioral health. The program is designed to permit students to earn two masters' degrees - a counseling MS degree and an MS in marital and family therapy. Receiving two degrees permits the graduate to sit for licenses (in California) for both a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (issued through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). The MFT program is nationally accredited through the Commssion on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). In addition, students also earn as part of this program a school counseling certificate, which makes them eligible for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing). The dual degree program is 119 quarter units, which is only 29 units beyond the 90-unit masters' degree, and may be completed in three years of full-time study. Applicants may apply for admission in fall, winter, spring and summer. Clinical placements are available within the Loma Linda University Health care system as well as local community agencies and organizations. The Dual-Degree Counseling and MFT Masters' Program is offered within a Christian environment emphasizing integrated learning and compassionate whole person care. 

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Program Length

119-quarter units over three years

Possible Careers

Graduates may work in for-profit and private non-profit and public settings, including county departments of mental health, departments of child and family services (as well as other governmental agencies) hospitals (such as the Loma Linda University health care system), and private practice settings. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for each master's program as well as the School Counseling certificate program including a Bachelor's degree from an accredited instituion, GPA of 3.0 or above, and three letters of recommendation. To begin the process, applicants should submit applications for the MS in Counseling and MS in Marital and Family Therapy. Once admitted into both of those programs, applicants will be directed to submit an application to the School Counseling certificate. Only one application fee is required.


A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The Marital and Family Therapy Program is nationally accredited by Commssion on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

State Accrediting Agency

The School Counseling Certificate is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.