Marital and Family Therapy Program

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2017-2018, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on August 10, 2017. Access the catalog of record at

MFTS 500Research in Family Therapy3
MFTS 523Family Therapy Theories I3
MFTS 524Family Therapy Theories II3
MFTS 528Psychopathology in the Family3
MFTS 529Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Family Therapy3
MFTS 532Human Diversity in Family Therapy3
MFTS 533Family Development3
MFTS 541Systemic Treatment of Children3
MFTS 543Developmental Psychopathology3
MFTS 544Psychopharmacology and Systems2
MFTS 546Couples and Sex Therapy3
MFTS 570Systemic Treatment of Substance Abuse2
MFTS 562Recovery-oriented Case Management1
MFTS 563Collaborative Care1
MFTS 566Individual, Family, and Community Trauma1
MFTS 571Family Violence1
MFTS 574Aging Issues in Family Therapy1
MFTS 575Social Neuroscience for Family Therapists1
MFTS 577Treatment of Severe Mental Illness3
MFTS 578Spiritual Issues in Family Therapy1
MFTS 595PPracticum in MFT 15
MFTS 596PPracticum in MFT 25
MFTS 597PPracticum in MFT 35
Take one of the following:
MFTS 542Families of Children with Special Needs
MFTS 572Gender Issues in Family Therapy
MFTS 573Group Therapy
MFTS 576Self of the Therapist

Requirements For The Degree

Comprehensive Examination Clinical Contact Hours

Students must successfully complete a total of 500 clinical contact hours (minimum of 250 relational hours) and 100 supervision hours (minimum of 50 with raw data) while enrolled in Practicum.

Completion of Prerequisite Requirements

Students must complete the three prerequisite requirements (Human Development, Research Methods and either Counseling Theories or Theories of Personality) either prior to enrollment in the program or before the beginning of their second semester in the program.

Practicum In MFT

An important part of the training program is the practical experience and training students receive during the clinical practicum. The MFT faculty maintains a variety of sites that meet the rigorous clinical hour and supervision requirements. Practicum placements are typically non-paying positions.

Practicum (MFTS 595PMFTS 596PMFTS 597P) is a 12-month, three-semester sequence that is completed during the student’s final year in the program. During this clinically rich experience, students will be expected to complete 500 direct client-contact hours, 250 of which need to be with couples or families. Students receive a minimum of 100 hours of supervision from MFT faculty during this time, in addition to the supervision received from on-site supervisors. Faculty supervision is in both individual and group format, with live and videotaped data being used as the primary source of session information.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.