Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy - Day Format

Change lives with a master’s in psychology

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This cohort-based program provides an academic and practical foundation that prepares students to serve individuals, couples, families, and groups as licensed psychotherapists. Designed for full-time students, the Daytime Format program is offered at Pepperdine's Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu and takes two academic years to complete.

Program Overview

This program is designed to prepare students to work in community counseling, governmental entities, or educational settings, or to launch their own private practices. Course work offers a strong foundation in clinical psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy. As part of the program, students gain supervised counseling experience in clinical settings. The program meets educational requirements for licensure as either a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. The clinical training and academic preparation also equip students for doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or family therapy.

Program Benefits

  • Small cohort model provides a shared-learning experience with close peer interaction and support
  • Program completion in 2 academic years
  • Small class sizes and automatic class registration each term
  • Supervised counseling experience in the community begins during the second term of the program
  • Award-winning faculty members who provide mentorship, as well as real-world experiences that link classroom learning to field of practice
  • Professional development, whether you're looking to cobtain your LMFT or LPCC licensure to launch your career or continue your studies in a doctoral program
  • Opportunities to participate in student-lead interest groups, including Psi Chi, Research and Practice Team (RAPT), Spanish Language Enhancement Association for Therapists (SLEAT), and Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals
  • Easy access to Malibu campus amenities and graduate student housing

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