Becoming an MFT

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in California is able to offer psychotherapeutic services to individuals and families to enable them to improve and maintain healthy family relationships. The MA Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara 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 Antioch University if they meet the current California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) curriculum and training requirements. All academic requirements will be met if a student successfully completes the 90 unit degree and follows the recommended course schedule.

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. It is recommended that students also maintain contact with the BBS stay informed of changes that may affect their efforts to obtain a license.

Please note that persons who have been convicted of a felony may be denied a license by the BBS. A copy of the current MFT regulations may be obtained from the website of the Board of Behavioral Sciences at:

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 our accredited degree is portable, most states have specific course requirements unique to that jurisdiction. Requirements that may vary also include a degree with more units and/or hours of clinical training.

After the completion of a Master’s Degree, graduates are required to earn clinical training hours under the supervision of a licensed professional. In California a total of 3,000 of combined pre and post degree hours are required to be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. While in the program students earn hours as a “Trainee.” After graduation and application to the BBS, students earn hours as an “MFT Intern.” Upon completion of 3,000 hours licensure applicants must take two written exams. Antioch graduates have been successful in passing these examinations. (see BBS website for licensing exam statistics).