M.A. in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy
Azusa Pacific University - Azusa
901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
Azusa Pacific University - Inland Empire
375 W. Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.
WSCUC (formerly WASC)
Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 Certificate
Length of Program
In designing your approach to MFT study, the blueprints can be laid out in a two-, three-, or four-year program. The timeline is up to you.
Participation in the full-time, two-year academic plan requires class attendance during the evening, two to three days per week. Classes meet once weekly. Classes are offered each evening (beginning at 4:05 and 7:30 p.m.). An additional 10-12 hours per week for clinical placement training is required once trainee status is obtained.
Participation in the reduced-load three-year plan also requires class attendance during the evening two to three days per week, but the student generally takes only three classes per semester rather than the four classes per semester required by the two-year program. Approximately 10-12 hours per week for clinical placement training is required until the student has accumulated the required 300 hours of direct clinical contact.
Participation in the reduced-load four-year program requires the student to take only two classes per semester. Students must also accumulate a minimum of 300 hours of direct clinical contact in their practicum setting prior to graduation.
Applicants typically begin in the fall semester, though they may apply to begin in the spring semester. Applicants for the spring semester will be considered based on space available.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Using a foundation in Christian faith, a systemic family psychology approach, and an integration of theories of psychotherapy, students explore personal, ethical, and social values as they prepare to serve the needs of their communities.
Entering Class Size
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
300 hours of direct client contact (e.g., individual, group, couples, family, and child therapy performed by the student) are required to graduate from the M.A. program. A student generally graduates with additional hours of supervision (and the BBS will count up to 1,000).
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Two clinical competency exams (CCEs) titled Law and Ethics and Clinical Vignette Exam. The CCEs are taken at the end of the program.
Fall Completed Application Deadline: March 1
(semester begins in September)
Spring Final Application Deadline: October 1
(semester begins in January)
Undergraduate GPA Required
A 3.0 baccalaureate grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. A limited number of applicants with a grade-point average between 2.7 and 2.99 may be admitted provisionally, at the department's discretion, by providing adequate supportive documentation including a statement of explanation and/or 12 units of upper-division, post-B.A. coursework with grades of B or better (extension courses excluded).
Students who enter the program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology will not be required to take further coursework. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a major other than psychology will be required to take Abnormal Psychology with a grade of B or better before beginning the program. Prerequisites may be waived on an individual basis.
- A professional interest essay
Submit a written statement covering:
- Brief background information which would help another person get to know you as a unique person
- Why you have chosen to pursue an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at this time in your life
- Why you are applying to Azusa Pacific University for your M.A.
- The experiences you have had that prepare you for a clinical psychology program
- Strengths and weaknesses that would affect your performance as a therapist
- Your professional goals.
- Three letters of recommendation
Request letters of recommendation to be submitted by professionals who have current knowledge of applicant's academic or clinical ability and potential (e.g., professors, clergy, supervisors, employers)
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Applicants must also participate in a final in-person interview.
(Reprinted from program website.)
The MFT program is dedicated to the education and training of competent, self-aware, and culturally sensitive family therapists. Using a foundation in Christian faith, a systemic family psychology approach, and an integration of theories of psychotherapy, students explore personal, ethical, and social values as they prepare to serve the needs of their communities.