Graduates of this dual-degree with certificate program receive a master’s degree in counseling, a master’s degree in marital and family therapy, and a certificate in drug and alcohol counseling. Completion of the program requires a minimum of 11 quarters of full-time attendance. The 121-unit curriculum provides a mix of academic, experiential, and research activities essential for practice as a clinical counselor, marriage and family therapist, and drug and alcohol counselor.

Students with the dual degree have licensure options providing maximum flexibility. Graduates of this program are qualified to sit for national counseling licensure and the California-specific LPCC license, as well as sit for MFT licensure in California and obtain MFT licensure around the country with fewer requirements—given the program’s COAMFTE accreditation. Also, graduates may qualify for additional national certifications in addictions/drug and alcohol counseling.

For more information regarding the individual programs that constitute this dual-degree with certificate program, please review the campus-based M.S. in marital and family therapy, M.S. in counseling, and certificate in drug and alcohol counseling catalog pages. 

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for each program:  M.S. degree in counseling, and M.S. degree in marital and family therapy and the certificate in drug and alcohol counseling.  

Applicants initially apply for the M.S. degree in counseling and M.S. degree in marital and family therapy. Once accepted into the University, the dual degree student applies for the drug and alcohol counseling certificate in their first quarter in the program.

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale (a letter grade of B) in order to progress successfully through the program and complete the degree. In addition, students must meet the knowledge, skills, and professional performance competencies outlined by the program. Students must meet both course and cumulative G.P.A. standards and course repeat expectations set by the School of Behavioral Health in the general regulations section of this CATALOG.

Courses applicable to both degrees:
COUN/MFAM 501Research Tools and Methodology: Quantitative3
COUN/MFAM 502Research Tools and Methodology: Qualitative3
COUN/MFAM 515Crisis Intervention and Client Advocacy3
COUN/MFAM 524Psychopharmacology and Medical Issues3
COUN/MFAM 528Culture, Socioeconomic Status in Therapy3
MFAM 535Case Presentation and Professional Studies3
COUN/MFAM 547Social Ecology of Individual and Family Development3
COUN/MFAM 556Psychopathology and Diagnostic Procedures3
COUN/MFAM 568Groups: Process and Practice3
COUN/MFAM 584Advanced Child and Adolescent Development3
COUN/MFAM 604Social Context in Clinical Practice: Gender, Class, and Race3
COUN/MFAM 614Law and Ethics3
COUN/MFAM 624Individual and Systems Assessment3
COUN/MFAM 638Substance Use Disorders, Relationships, and Recovery3
COUN/MFAM 644Child Abuse and Family Violence3
COUN/MFAM 674Human Sexual Behavior3
COUN 675Dynamics of Aging1
MFAM 553Family Systems Theory3
RELR 540Wholeness and Health 13
Discipline-specific courses:
Marital and family therapy
MFAM 536Case Presentation and Documentation3
MFAM 537Case Presentation3
MFAM 551Family Therapy: Foundational Theories and Practice3
MFAM 552Couples Therapy: Theory and Practice3
MFAM 564Family Therapy: Advanced Foundational Theories and Practice3
MFAM 567Treating the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill and the Recovery Process3
MFAM 635Case Presentation and Legal Issues3
MFAM 636Case Presentation and Client-Centered Advocacy3
MFAM 637Case Presentation and Global Practices3
Choose one theory course from the following:2
Solution-Focused Family Therapy
Narrative Family Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Therapy
Gestalt Family Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Structural and Multidimensional Family Therapy
COUN 575Counseling Theory and Applications3
COUN 576Exceptional and Medically Challenged Children 13
COUN 577Assessment in Counseling 13
COUN 579Career Theories and Applications 14
COUN 678Consultation and Program Evaluation 13
COUN 580Advanced Counseling Theory and Techniques4
COUN 541Clinical Practicum Seminar – Early Counselor Development2
COUN 542Clinical Internship Seminar – Spirituality2
COUN 543Clinical Internship Seminar – Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Interactions2
COUN 544Clinical Internship Seminar – Recovery-Oriented Care2
COUN 546Clinical Internship Seminar – Substance Use Disorder Treatment2
Drug and alcohol counseling certificate:
MFAM 645Advanced Treatment Strategies – Substance Use Disorders3
MFAM 654Practicum in Drug and Alcohol Counseling 14
Total Units121

One unit course taken four time over four quarters for a total of four units. 

Clinical hours

In addition to the above, students are required to meet Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), and Department of Counseling and Family Sciences minimum clinical hour requirements for graduation.

Clinical hours overlap and can count for both degrees and certificate, in consultation with the Directors of Clinical Training.

At graduation, total student hours will range from 420 – 620 depending on population served while in clinical placement.

Marital and family therapy (minimum COAMFTE requirement))
MFAM 731Clinical Training6
MFAM 732Clinical Training9
MFAM 735Case Presentation Extension0
Counseling (minimum BBS requirement)
Drug & Alcohol Counseling certificate (minimum CFS requirement)

Normal time to complete the program

3.67 years (11 academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted