Program in Clinical Psychology: Marital and Family Therapy College of Arts and Sciences Notre Dame de Namur University

Program in Clinical Psychology: Marital and Family Therapy College of Arts and Sciences Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
August 1
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Points of Distinction at Notre Dame de Namur University

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) was named a Catholic College of Distinction by Colleges of distinction are nationally recognized for academic excellence, innovation, opportunities for personal development, and outstanding graduate school and career preparation. They are defined by 4 characteristics: great teaching, student engagement, successful outcomes, and vibrant communities.

Nearly 60% of students at NDNU are "Gen 1" students -- the first in their families to attend college. Over 25% of the student body identifies as Hispanic. The federal government has recognized NDNU as the only "Hispanic Serving Institution" in Northern California.

The School of Arts and Sciences at Notre Dame de Namur University

The College of Arts and Sciences at NDNU maintains a clear focus on developing the personal as well as the professional skills of their students. Their objective is to ensure that students achieve moral, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence and have solid understandings of their place as global citizens. Curriculum incorporates elements designed to strengthen interpersonal skills, creativity, critical thinking, social responsibility, and self-awareness.

The college offers 19 undergraduate degrees and 4 certificate programs. They also offer 7 unique and varied master's programs in art therapy, marriage and family therapy (art therapy psychology), clinical psychology, clinical psychology: marriage and family therapy, computer and information science, English, and musical performance.

The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy

The Department of Clinical Psychology at NDNU has offered a Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) for over 20 years. Based on the scientist-practitioner model, the program provides students with comprehensive clinical training, prepares them for California licensing exams, and addresses the needs of students moving on to doctoral programs.

Curriculum addresses psychotherapy and psycho diagnostic assessment for patients of all ages, psychoanalysis, addictions, brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, neurophysiology, and psychopharmacology. MFT courses are offered in the late afternoon, evenings, and on weekends. These courses cover the following applications and approaches: cognitive behavior, dialectic behavior, emotion-focused, expressive arts, family systems, humanistic approach, interpersonal relations, marriage and family, psychodynamics, sand play, and brief psychotherapies.

Students also receive solid foundations in research through a trilogy of thesis courses capped by an individual thesis project. Graduates are prepared to serve as licensed or unlicensed MFT professionals in a variety of settings, including in medicine, mental health, business, or education.

For an additional 7 credit hours, students may pursue a combined MS in MFT and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling that also enables them to pursue dual licensure in the state of California. Each student may also choose to complete an 8-unit specialized concentration in clinical gerontology.

Outstanding Faculty at NDNU and within the Clinical Psychology Program

The faculty members at NDNU are respected leaders in their fields who put the engagement and support of their students above all else. Faculty members of the clinical psychology program remain involved in the advancements of their fields. For instance, Dr. Nusha Askari has had many publications in peer-reviewed journals, has served as a research consultant in psychopharmacology and neuropsychology at Stanford University and Lucille Packard Hospital, and maintains chair status in the San Mateo Chapter of the World Affairs Council.

Dr. Helen Marlo maintains a private practice in addition to serving as professor at NDNU and as reviews editor for "Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche".

In addition to serving as lecturer at NDNU, Dr. William Bell is a clinical consultant with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; provides behavioral health case management for Mills-Peninsula Medical Center; is the president of the Bay Area Therapy and Consultation Group; and maintains his own private practice.

Community Based Learning and Research at NDNU

The Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement at NDNU provides the infrastructure and resources needed to connect academic learning with community engagement. Learning and research programs, including nearly 20 community-based learning courses, create community partnerships, provide support and leadership development for student-led projects, and help bring to fruition the university's mission of social justice and life-long learning.

NDNU's Bonner Leadership Program connects students with high financial needs to volunteer programs in the community. Bonner Leaders each complete a minimum of 300 volunteer hours per year in exchange for a generous financial aid stipend.

Additional Graduate Financial and Support Services at NDNU

The financial aid office at Notre Dame de Namur University offers a wide array of support services and financial aid opportunities designed to maximize a student's abilities to meet his or her educational goals. Graduate students can apply for grants, loans, scholarships, and work student opportunities. Programs are designed with working adults in mind, and offer measures of flexibility, community, and individual attention. Graduate students are also presented with many networking opportunities, and regularly make connections with business and community leaders within the Bay Area.

Notre Dame de Namur University -- A Catholic University with a Focus on Community Service

Notre Dame de Namur University is a small, private Catholic university dedicated to excellence in education, individual attention in the classroom, and community-based learning programs. Founded over 160 years ago, NDNU is the 5th oldest college in California and remains the only 4-year accredited university in San Mateo County. The university offers 22 undergraduate degrees and 13 master's programs designed to educate the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Students, faculty members, and staff members all complete over 100,000 hours of community service annually.

NDNU is located on 50 acres in Belmont, California. The university is positioned midway between San Francisco and San Jose, next to Silicon Valley, and near the Pacific Ocean. Students can take advantage of a lively arts scene -- both on campus and in the community, sports teams, and the beauty of surrounding areas.

Location & Contact

Program in Clinical Psychology: Marital and Family Therapy

College of Arts and Sciences
Notre Dame de Namur University

1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002-1908
United States

Dr. Amy Backos

Interim Chair

Phone: 650-508-3674

Graduate Admissions

Phone: 650-508-3600
Fax: 650-508-3426

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Marriage And Family Therapy Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 12
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students84
    • Female Percentage87%
    • Male Percentage13%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students84
    • Part-time Percentage62%
    • Full-time Percentage38%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino25%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian46%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native2%
    • Asian13%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown9%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty9
    • Full-time Percentage33%
    • Part-time Percentage67%
    • Female Percentage89%
    • Male Percentage11%