Program Description

The MS in Marital and Family Therapy program aligns 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 online program is in the process of being submitted for COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) accreditation. As the campus-based and online programs are identical in content we anticipate that the online program will also be accredited. This is the national accreditation organization for marriage and family therapy programs throughout the United States. This accreditation ensures that students receive comprehensive academic and clinical training, and that they will be well-prepared to work with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents in diverse settings.

The Department of Counseling and Family Sciences offers a combined degree in Marital and Family Therapy with Counseling (MS/MS). This combined program also includes a Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate.

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Program Length

2.5 Years

Possible Careers

Graduates 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 (in 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
Autumn of 2021 Aug 27, 2020 Dec 1, 2020 Apr 30, 2021

Admissions Requirements

Online students are admitted in Fall only. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Additional admission requirements include:

  • Minimum grade-point average 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in bachelor's course work for at least the final 45 units prior to graduation
  • Applicants must provide evidence of academic competence, professional comportment, and mature judgment.
  • Individuals whose undergraduate degree is still in progress may be accepted pending satisfactory completion prior to beginning the master’s degree program.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree offered in a language other than English must provide TOEFL scores in accordance with university policy.
  • Health clearance
  • A background check (required before matriculation to the program) Official transcripts on file
  • Three letters of recommendation, as specified
  • A personal statement (included in online application)
  • Interview with department faculty as scheduled

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The online program is in the process of being submitted for COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) accreditation. As the campus-based and online programs are identical in content we anticipate that the online program will also be accredited.

State Accrediting Agency

The academic programs at Loma Linda University are regionally accredited by the WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges [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.