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Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

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Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

The master's degree program in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling (MFCC) at California State University, Fresno is designed to prepare professional counselors, in accordance with the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association, to serve the mental health needs of an increasingly diverse and changing society throughout the greater central California’s San Joaquin Valley. 

This Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) program provides preparation for a career as a counselor specializing in marriage, family, and child counseling in public or private agencies, or in private practice. Completion of this program satisfies the approved degree title requirements for the California Marriage, Family and Child Counseling license. Students need to be aware that the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has additional requirements for this license.

The MFCC program is actively committed to the recruitment and retention of students who reflect the rich ethnic and cultural diversity existing in the Central Valley. The program consists of 60 units and can be completed in 5 semesters. Our students gain first-hand experience at the Fresno Family Counseling Center along with academic experiences that prepare them for entry-level counseling positions, leading to state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.  

22 percent projected job growth for marriage and family therapists
80 percent of graduate find employment within six months


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Our Graduates Work in the Central Valley

  • Community Behavioral Health Center
  • Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health
  • Comprehensive, Tulare and Visalia Youth Services
  • Uplift/EMQ Families First
  • School Districts - Clovis and Sanger Unified
  • Family Services of Tulare County
  • Marjaree Mason Center
  • Spirit of Women
  • Fresno City College
  • House Psychiatric Clinic
  • Kingsview Counseling Services
  • Turning Points
  • West Care California
  • Sierra Vista Child and Family Services
  • Resource Center for Survivors
  • Mental Health Systems