Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Latina/o Communities
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinas/os program prepares students to serve Latina/o communities. Students are admitted every fall, participating as a cohort for the 26 units of Latina/o-specific content and experiential Spanish-language development courses within the standard MFT course requirements. Latina/o-specific courses take place only at the Irvine Graduate Campus; all other courses are available at the West Los Angeles and Encino Graduate Campuses as well. This program is administered through Aliento, the Center for Latina/o Communities.
The program is designed to prepare students to work in community counseling, governmental entities, or educational settings, or to launch their own private practices, all with the aim of working with the underserved Latina/o community. The clinical training and academic preparation also equip students for doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or family therapy. Additionally, this program offers coursework that prepares students for licensure in both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC). As part of the program, students gain supervised counseling experience in clinical settings.
- Experiential Spanish-language development courses for beginning, as well as advanced, students
- Language immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking country
- Twenty-six units of Latina/o-specific LMFT courses
- Fulfills the academic eligibility requirements for LMFT or LPCC licensure
- Small class sizes provide an environment for faculty mentorship, close peer interaction, and lifelong professional relationships
- Award-winning faculty members who provide mentorship, as well as real-world experiences that link classroom learning to the field of practice
- Extensive networking opportunities, courtesy of our alumni community network, made up of more than 20,000 professionals
- Program Length / Units: 3 years / 66-72 units
- Unit Cost: $1,225
- Start Term: Fall
- Campus Locations:
- West Los Angeles, Irvine*, Encino
- *Latina/o specific courses are only offered at the Irvine campus.
- (Please note that your campus of choice cannot be guaranteed. Campus offerings are contingent upon availability and subject to change.)
- Fall Term 2018 Final Deadline: August 6, 2018, 11:59 PM PST
Note: Admissions for this program are rolling. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed and students are accepted on a space-available basis.
- Fall classes begin in September.
Applicants to the Latinas/os emphasis may possess a bachelor's degree in any field, and there are no prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to starting the program. Applicants without recent course work (within the last seven years) in psychology, however, will be required to complete foundational courses in preparation for the core curriculum. Foundational courses are offered as part of the master's program.
In an effort to process your application quickly, we only accept electronic application materials.
To apply for this program, please submit:
- Your application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
- Official student transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate degree via one of the following approved companies:
- National Student Clearinghouse
- Applicants who are pursuing their bachelors at the time of application should submit an in-progress (current) transcript and will be required to submit a final transcript showing the degree posted after completion of their undergraduate program. Please request all transcripts to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Two professional recommendations from individuals familiar with your academic and professional competencies using our Recommendation Form. Recent college graduates should have at least one academic recommendation. Applicants who have been out of college more than three years should submit professional recommendations. Your recommenders should email the completed forms to email@example.com.
- A 2-5 page Statement of Purpose describing your previous training and experience, current interests, future professional goals, and reasons for applying to the program, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in your autobiographical description how your experiences, interests, and goals relate to working with Latina/o communities.
- (Optional) If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirement, please fill out our Exception Request Form and email it to email@example.com.
Interviews will be conducted with all final candidates.