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Master of Science in Counseling
Option in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

This 60-unit program provides preparation for a career as a counselor specializing in marriage and family therapy (including 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 (MFCC) license. Students need to be aware that the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has additional requirements for this license. The MFCC program is Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Mission Satement

The MS Degree program in Counseling with an Option in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling 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. The Counselor Education program is actively committed to the recruitment and retention of students who reflect the rich ethnic and cultural diversity existing the greater California State University, Fresno service area. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the academic and practica experiences that prepare them for entry level counseling positions, leading to state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. The Counselor Education faculty is committed to providing a program milieu that offers students the opportunity for professional and personal growth. The learning goals of the program emphasize achieving a firm understanding of the theoretical foundations of counseling and its practical applications, and becoming responsive to the cultural, ethnic, racial, disability, gender, sexual identity, and socio-economic context of individuals, couples, and families.

Student Outcomes

Currently, the graduate program has a total of 174 students. Admission rates have been healthy over the past five years.

During the 2017-2018 academic year (AY), a total of 48 students graduated from the program.

During 2017-2018 academic year review 95% of students passed completed the program.

  • 2017-2018 AY, 70% of students passed the program comprehensive examination on the first attempt.
  • Eighty-nine percent (89%) of graduates passed the State of California MFT Law and Ethics examination on their first attempt.
  • Sixty-five percent (65%) of graduates passed the State of California MFT clinical examination on their first attempt.

A post-graduation survey of December 2017 Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (MFCC) graduates, revealed that 100% of respondents, who were actively seeking positions in the counseling field, found employment within 6-months of graduation. Graduates of the MFCC program are working in a variety of settings, including, non-profit community-based mental health agencies, public and private school districts, county behavioral health systems and private practice settings.

Local agencies that MFCC program graduates have found employment include:

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