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

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Masters in clinical psychology and MA in clinical psychology - Pepperdine GSEP

Changing Lives. Changing the World.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program will prepare students to serve individuals, couples, families, and groups as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in California. 

Program Overview

Program Length / Units

2 academic years (6 terms) / 62 units

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This cohort-based program provides students with a clinical and practice-based course of study, exploring the social and psychological implications of socioeconomics and how poverty and social stress affect the ability of individuals, couples, and families to thrive. Employing the practitioner-scholar model of professional training, rigorous coursework is paired with in-depth clinical training, where students observe professional counselors, develop key clinical skills, and gain experience working directly with clients. Upon graduation, students will have met all educational requirements to sit for the LMFT or LPCC licensure exams in the state of California.


MFT Malibu

Program Benefits

  • Nationally regarded graduate school of psychology with the #6-ranked Psy.D. program in the US*
  • Access to major-university resources at the #46-ranked university in the US**
  • Outstanding faculty, recognized experts, scholars and clinicians
  • Supervised clinical experience beginning in the second term of the program
  • Dedicated placement team to help find and secure practicum and internship placements
  • Cohort model designed for strong peer support and lifelong professional relationships
  • Small class sizes providing a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • 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
  • Access to graduate student housing and amenities at our scenic Malibu campus

*U.S. News & World Report, Best Grad School Rankings, Clinical Psychology

** U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Career Outcomes

Therapists and counselors are needed in many clinical and professional settings, including hospitals, schools, government agencies, and private practice. After earning your degree, you may pursue professional licensure and employment in a variety of roles, including:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Director
  • Executive Coach

Employment Potential

  • The number of jobs in Individual and Family Services is expected to grow 23%*
  • The average salary for Clinical Psychologists in Individual and Family Services is $81,160*
  • California has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Clinical Psychology master's programs**

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017
**2017-2018 Burning Glass Report on Employment Potential for Selected Programs