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 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 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 School Counseling certificate.
Program Length2 Years
Possible CareersGraduates 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.
|Quarter||Application Open||Priority Deadline||Final Deadline|
|Winter of 2021||Aug 26, 2020||Oct 16, 2020||Nov 20, 2020|
|Spring of 2021||Aug 27, 2020||Jan 4, 2021||Feb 19, 2021|
|Summer of 2021||Aug 27, 2020||Mar 1, 2021||Apr 30, 2021|
|Autumn of 2021||Aug 27, 2020||Dec 1, 2020||Apr 30, 2021|
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:
- 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
PrerequisitesPlease reference the Admissions Requirements.
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2020-2021
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Books & Supplies||$1,900||$1,350|
|Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)||—||—|
Expected costs for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021, off campus, with a roommate
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Room & Board||$12,645||$16,860|
- 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.