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    “I have recommended CalSouthern to many people I know that were searching for the best educational online experience. CalSouthern provides the opportunity for an advanced degree that one can obtain while simultaneously working a full-time job. It was a godsend for me, and I’m proud to be an alum.”

    Cynthia Degryse, MA in Psychology

    Master of arts in Psychology

    The Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology, with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy degree is a program designed for those interested in pursuing a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and/or as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). If you’re drawn to helping people with emotional, behavioral, mental health, or relationship concerns, perhaps this degree is right for you.

    The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has approved CalSouthern’s MA degree program for meeting the educational requirements for both Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) licensure per California Business and Professions Code (BPC) Sections 4980.36, 4980.37, 4980.39, 4980.41 (as required by BPC Section 4980.38); and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) per California Business and Professions Code (BPC) Sections 4999.32 and 4999.33 (as required by BPC Section 4999.40(a)) in the State of California. For licensure requirements in other states and jurisdictions, please contact the applicable authority or state board.

    Quick Facts

    • Credits Required: 60
    • Cost Per Credit: $545
    • Program Length: 4 Years
    • Max Transfer Credits: 12

    Degree Requirements

    • Core Courses: 60 Credits

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    Find out how we create a collaborative, engaging online learning experience and ensure that you learn, understand and apply course material to your personal and professional life.

    Why Choose CalSouthern?


    Customized to you

    Our 100% online programs, monthly class-starts, self-directed approach and no entrance-exams policy allow you to start and complete your degree program on your schedule.


    Uniquely Affordable

    CalSouthern tuition is reasonably priced with a variety of convenient and flexible payment options. Plus, we guarantee that per-unit course costs won’t increase as long as you remain enrolled in a degree or certificate program.



    CalSouthern is regionally accredited by WSCUC and accrediting bodies including ACBSP, CCNE and others. This is your guarantee of the stability and integrity of the University and the continued rigor and quality of our programs.

    Justin Lord

    "The affordability and accessibility were huge for me, along with the flexible, self-paced format within the semester. Without all this, I simply would not have been able to make my degree happen, at least at this stage in my life."

    Justin Lord — MS in Psychology



    Can I transfer my credits?

    Absolutely! We accept most course credits and degrees awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions. Professional evaluators will review your credits and determine what qualifies for transfer.


    When can I start?

    Immediately. At CalSouthern, new courses start every month instead of every quarter or semester. Register by this month’s deadline to start courses next month on the 1st.


    Who will support me?

    While you may study on your own, you will never be alone. You will have access to Learner Support Services with a team of diverse staff, faculty mentors, and school-specific academic teams who will assist you throughout your academic journey at CalSouthern.

    California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities. www.wscuc.org

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