Program Description

There are two MS in Marital and Family Therapy programs offered at Loma Linda University—one campus-based and one online. The MS in Marital and Family Therapy program aligns with Loma Linda University's vision of transforming lives through whole person care. Our mission is to bring health, healing, wholeness, and hope to individuals, families, and communities through education, research, clinical training, and community service. The MS program accomplishes this by addressing relational needs and concerns of individuals and families over the life course in the contexts of communities and global society.

Both programs are fully COAMFTE (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) accredited. This is the national accreditation organization for marriage and family therapy programs throughout the United States. This accreditation ensures that students receive comprehensive academic and clinical training, and that they will be well-prepared to work with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents in diverse settings.

The Department of Counseling and Family Sciences offers a combined degree in Marital and Family Therapy (campus-based program only) with Counseling (MS/MS). This combined program also includes a Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate.

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Program Length

2 Years

Possible Careers

Graduates are in demand as administrators, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, medical family therapists, alcohol and drug specialists, case managers, family and clinical mediators, clinic directors in working environments (in both for- and non-profit agencies), hospitals, colleges and universities, family court, group homes, private practice, and professional organizations.

Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Aug 26, 2022 Feb 3, 2023 May 31, 2023

Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted in Autumn and Winter quarters in the campus-based program and in Autumn quarter in the online program. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. GREs are not required. Additional admission requirements include:

  • Minimum grade-point average 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in bachelor's course work for at least the final 45 units prior to graduation
  • Applicants must provide evidence of academic competence, professional comportment, and mature judgment.
  • Individuals whose undergraduate degree is still in progress may be accepted pending satisfactory completion prior to beginning the master’s degree program.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree offered in a language other than English must provide TOEFL scores in accordance with university policy.
  • Health clearance
  • A background check (required before matriculation to the program) Official transcripts on file
  • Three letters of recommendation, as specified
  • A personal statement (included in online application)
  • Interview with department faculty as scheduled


Please reference the Admissions Requirements.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The Marital and Family Therapy MS programs are nationally accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

State Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges [WASC] Senior College and University Commission).
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $39,555 $39,555
Fees $4,275 $5,250
Books & Supplies $3,800 $3,700
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $47,630 $48,505


Expected costs for the 2023-2024 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 12
Room & Board $15,885 $21,180
Transportation $3,150 $4,200
Personal Expenses $2,250 $3,000


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.

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