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

clinical psychology masters with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy for Latinas/os - Pepperdine GSEP

Addressing the Needs of Latino/a Communities

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Latinas/os program will prepare students to serve Latina/o 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

3 years / 66-72 units

Unit Cost


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Campus Locations

West Los Angeles,  Irvine*, Encino

*Latina/o specific courses are only offered at the Irvine campus.

(Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)

This cohort-based program is administered through Aliento, the Center for Latina/o Communities. Through a clinical and practice-based course of study that includes Latina/o-specific content and experiential Spanish-language development courses, students will learn the academic and applied foundations of marriage and family therapy, and community, liberation, and counseling psychologies within a Latina/o mental health context. 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 in the underserved Latina/o community. Upon graduation, students will have met all educational requirements to sit for the LMFT or LPCC licensure exams in the state of California.


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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
  • 26 units of Latina/o-specific LMFT courses
  • Experiential Spanish-language development courses for students with elementary-to-advanced proficiency
  • Community service projects directly assisting local communities
  • Supervised clinical experience beginning in the second term of the program
  • Dedicated placement team to help find and secure practicum and internship placements
  • Small class sizes providing a supportive learning environment and meaningful student-faculty interactions
  • Extensive networking opportunities through our alumni network with more than 20,000 professionals

*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 community counseling and advocacy centers, 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
  • Multicultural Therapist
  • Community Therapist
  • Clinical Director

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