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California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico


M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0234

(530) 898-5147

CSU Chico M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy Program Page

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.

Program Snapshot



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Length of Program

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Estimated Total Program Tuition

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Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Required to graduate:

  • Completion and final approval of a thesis or an analytical review as specified by the student's graduate advisory committee.
  • Satisfactory completion of an oral examination for the thesis option or a written examination for the analytical review.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: January 15 (applications received by this date will be given full consideration)
Extended filing period: January 16 - March 1 (Applications received in this period may be considered if priority applications did not exhaust program capacity.)

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

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GRE Requirement

GRE or MAT. The Graduate Record Examination Advanced Test in Psychology is not required but will be considered if available.

Prerequisite Courses

Students must have completed the following four course prerequisites within the last ten years: one course in psychology of learning; one course in developmental or child psychology; one course in statistics for psychology; one course in either the psychology of personality, abnormal psychology, or social psychology (abnormal psychology is recommended because it is also a prerequisite for PSYC 643 in the MS program).

Application highlights

Statement of Purpose

Three Recommendation Forms and Letters

  • least one letter from a professor familiar with the quality of your work;
  • If applicable, one letter from a supervisor or employer in either a clinical, research, or other work/volunteer environment;
  • The third letter may be written by another professor, research supervisor, or by someone in the helping profession.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

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Skill acquisition is emphasized by a strong core of introductory laboratory courses and on-campus practica in our Counselor Training Center (CTC), culminating in an off-campus traineeship at a local agency.
— California State University, Chico

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

The 60-unit program is designed to train competent professional counselors to work in mental health agencies and private practice settings. The counseling curriculum is competency based with laboratory practice beginning in the introductory course in counseling. Skill acquisition is emphasized by a strong core of introductory laboratory courses and on-campus practica in our Counselor Training Center (CTC), culminating in an off-campus traineeship at a local agency. Theoretical background and training are provided in a variety of counseling approaches including family systems, postmodern, cognitive behavioral, multiculturally sensitive, and integrative models of counseling. Program objectives include:

  1. encouraging students to develop the personal qualities of an effective therapist;
  2. preparing students to work effectively in public mental health settings with diverse client populations;
  3. teaching students to work within a wellness, recovery, and resiliency framework;
  4. teaching students case management and case documentation skills, including the appropriate use of the DSM-IV-TR in assessing individual symptom patterns;
  5. training students to conceptualize child, marriage, family, and community problems within a systemic framework;
  6. training students in a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches for enhancing individual, couple, family, and community relationships; and
  7. preparing students in research methods to enable them to conduct research and evaluate the research of others.