important updates
  • Join us for an online open house on 4/25! Register.
    • Our weekly online info sessions will not be held on 4/21 or 4/28. Please join us at our open house!
  • The Marital & Family Therapy MS degree is now offered online, beginning Fall 2021! (Campus-based program still available.)
  • Apply now: Now accepting applications for Fall 2021 in both programs! Apply by 6/30/21.*
    • ​​​​​​​All application fees currently waived.
    • Earn your degree in two years from the only COAMFTE-accredited MFT program in the Inland Empire. Upon graduation, you are eligible to sit for California licensure as an MFT. Students in the campus-based program may add 4 units to their program and also site for the California LPCC.
    • Tuition waivers are available for those interested in adding a Play Therapy or Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate to their program (see below for more information).

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Weekly Online Info Sessions

Questions about our programs? Join the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences for weekly online info sessions on Wednesdays from 6-7 PM (Pacific).

At a Glance

  • Campus-based 2-year (full-time) or 3-year (part-time), 90 quarter unit academic program
  • Online 2.5-year (full-time) or 3.5-year (part-time), 90 quarter unit academic program
  • Only COAMFTE-accredited program in the Inland Empire
  • Earn 350 hours above BBS requirement before graduation
  • Campus-based start dates in September, January, March, and June; online students begin in September
  • No GREs or prerequisites required
  • Internships across the Loma Linda University Health system of care and throughout the community
  • Embedded curriculum for practice with active duty military and veterans
  • Christian environment emphasizing integrated learning, respect for all persons, and compassionate whole person care
  • Embedded professional self-care

Information Packet (PDF)

Program Director

Mary E. Moline, DrPH, PhD, MPH, MS

Program Highlights

The Loma Linda University MFT is one of the most well-established programs in the state of California and has the distinction of being COAMFTE-accredited. There is a strong emphasis on whole person care and interdisciplinary learning. A Christ-centered approach is utilized to promote wellness for individuals and families. The program is based on the values of compassion, integrity, excellence, freedom, and justice. There is a low faculty to student ratio, which allows for significant academic and professional mentoring. A dual degree option is available for those who would like to pursue a DMFT or PhD in the field.​

The MFT program is unique in that there are multidisciplinary settings available within Loma Linda University for its students. These include the Loma Linda University Medical CenterChildren's Hospital, the inpatient Behavioral Medicine Center, and the outpatient Behavioral Health Institute.

Sara Sanobari
The faculty go above and beyond to help educate and support their students. This experience has been transformative not only for my future as a clinician but for me as an individual.

Program and Goals

The MS degree in marital and family therapy is designed to give students an excellent academic and clinical background, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, which prepares students for a professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings. These include, but are not limited to, medical, legal, educational, community mental health, managed care, church settings and private practice. Education and training is offered with the purpose of preparing students to be effective with a variety of mental health problems such as co-occurring disorders, serious emotional disorders, crisis care, chronic and/or serious mental illness, child and elder abuse, emancipation issues, and homelessness and complex relational issues. Great care is taken to include training that addresses issues of cross-cultural awareness, diversity, law and ethics, systemic approaches to treatment along with other evidence based modalities, life-span development, family and community systems, community integration for support and resources, collaborative case coordination, and a focus on elimination of discrimination and stigma of mental illness. Education emphasis includes relational therapy, marriage and couples therapy, and systemic practice.

Course Schedule Course Descriptions

Play Therapy or Drug & Alcohol Counseling Certificate

Students entering an MS degree program within the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences in academic year 2021-2022 who are interested in obtaining certification in Play Therapy or Drug & Alcohol Counseling will receive a tuition waiver for the certificate program of their choice. Students interested in this benefit are required to enroll in elective courses specified by their academic advisor. Given available spaces, students enrolling in the Systems, Families, and Couples PhD program may also take advantage of this benefit. Tuition waivers do not apply to any units used to support the student's primary degree program.

Kevin Benitez
The faculty at Loma Linda are compassionate, proficient, exceptional individuals who helped me to grow as both a clinician and a learner.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Loma Linda University’s policy on anti-discrimination states the following: The University is committed to equal education and employment opportunities for men and women. While Loma Linda University (LLU) gives preference in its selection processes to students and employees who are aligned with the faith-based mission of the University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, LLU does not and shall not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, medical condition, physical handicap, mental condition, veteran’s status, or age in the provision of any of its services. In the department of counseling and family sciences, we adhere to this policy and additionally do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of socioeconomic or relationship status.


The MFT programs are accredited by WSCUC and the campus-based program is also accredited by COAMFTE. An application for COAMFTE accreditation is being submitted for the online program. Further, the content of the program meets all requirements stipulated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Dual License Eligibility

The campus-based MS in Marital and Family Therapy is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to prepare their students for both the License in Marital and Family Therapy (LMFT) and the License in Clinical Counseling (LPCC). For this option, students are required to add four academic units to their program.


For information on our student demographics, as well as student and faculty achievement information, please click here.

*Applications received by the priority deadline are reviewed first and receive admission responses earlier. Applications received after the priority deadline and before the standard deadline are reviewed as they are submitted and until the program has reached capacity. If you have any questions about when your application might be reviewed, please contact the program director.

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