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MS and PhD in Systems, Families, & Couples

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Program Administration

Mary E. Moline, PhD - mmoline@llu.edu
Interim Program Director of PhD in Marital and Family Therapy

Patrice D. Harris - pdharris@llu.edu
Administrative Assistant for Doctoral Programs

Available as a PhD with an interim master's degree

A 168 unit program which combines a master's degree in marital and family therapy with the PhD in in Systems, Families, & Couple. This plan is for selected advanced students with a master's degree in a related field, or a student who is currently enrolled in a COAMFTE accredited masters program. Acceptance of these applicants is on a case-by-case basis. GRE scores and GPA must be considerably above the doctoral admission criteria norm. It takes five plus years of full time study to complete.

Professional Accreditation

Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the accrediting body associated with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

COAMFTE Student Achievement Outcomes

In accordance with the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Marital and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the program tracks student outcomes such has how many students complete the program in the expected time, success on the licensure exam, and graduates' MFT licensure rate. Loma Linda graduates do very well. Our graduates are also successful in their careers.

Concentrations and certificates

A variety of concentrations and certificates are available to individualize your program and to increase the marketability of your services.

  • Families, systems, and health
  • Family studies
  • School consultation
  • School counseling
  • Systems consultation and professional relations
  • Group counseling
  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Clinical mediation
  • Child life specialist
  • Licensure track (for students who have not previously met academic requirements for MFT licensure)

Marriage and family therapy is established in California by law as a profession requiring state licensure. Persons who desire to enter the profession must have the proper academic and clinical preparation and must pass the written and oral licensing examinations. The doctoral degree programs at Loma Linda University are designed to provide the academic requirements to meet the California licensing standards according to Business and Professions Code 4980.38.

The doctoral programs offered by Loma Linda University has been granted accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Marriage and Family therapy Education (COAMFTE), the accrediting body associated with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Curriculum Course Requirements

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