Becoming an MFT

Small cohort models, community-based approaches, and the opportunity to learn from professors who are actively practicing in the field are just a few of the benefits that set your AUSB experience apart from the crowd.

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in California is able to offer psychotherapeutic services to individuals and families that help improve and and maintain healthy relationships. AUSB’s MA program in Clinical Psychology meets the academic requirements for Marriage and Family Therapist licensure in the State of California (Business and Professions Code 4980.36).

Students graduate with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from AUSB when:

  • They meet the current California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) curriculum and training requirements
  • Successfully complete the 90-unit degree program and follow the recommended course schedule

Upon completing the Masters degree, students are required to do the following to be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist:

  • Earn a total of 3,000 combined pre- and post degree hours, supervised by a licensed professional.  In-program students are considered “trainees,” while post-graduates are “MFT interns.”
  • Take and successfully pass two written exams upon completion of 3,000 hours.
  • Students should maintain contact with the BBS to stay informed of changes that may affect their efforts to obtain a license.
  • In the event of a change in licensing requirements, the program will modify the curriculum of the clinical psychology program in order to ensure students meet California licensure requirements.
  • Please note that persons who have been convicted of a felony may be denied a license by the BBS.

AUSB students have a very high rate of success in completing these steps to becoming a licensed MFT.

A copy of the current MFT regulations may be obtained from the website of the Board of Behavioral Sciences at: www.bbs.ca.gov.

Students interested in licensure in a state other than California should contact that state’s professional licensing body for information on academic and clinical training requirements for licensure in that state. Although AUSB’s accredited degree is portable, most states have specific course requirements unique to that jurisdiction, such as a degree with more units and/or hours of clinical training.