M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
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.
Length of Program
The program takes full-time students 2 ½ to 3 years to complete. Students may also choose to attend the program on a part-time basis.
We are on a traditional 16-week semester system, with weekly evening classes held in the fall, spring and summer. Students may attend courses on a full-time basis or work with our program manager to develop a plan of study that works best for them.
Most of the classes are offered from either 4-6:50 p.m. or 7-9:50 p.m., Monday through Thursday. In the final year of study, schedules vary, as students attend clinical supervision meetings and meet with clients in our clinic to complete their practicum requirements.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Founded as Hesperian College in 1861 in Woodland, California by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Office of Church Relations is the living link between Chapman’s founding denomination - the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - and the university. As a church related university, we represent the open spirit of Disciples that recognizes and affirms the integrity of all spiritual paths. Since 2010 we are also a recognized school of Disciples’ partner denomination, the United Church of Christ.
Entering Class Size
About 20 students
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
Students typically complete 500-700 hours during the program.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
The requirement is met through a minimum of sixteen hours of individual or group therapy.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Students enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program must take and pass a comprehensive examination.
There is a priority review deadline for those applicants who submit their application along with all required supplemental materials by October 1 for Spring admission and February 1 for Fall admission. The admission deadline is February 1 (financial aid deadline) for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
Have an accumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.000 or better. Applicants with a grade point average below 3.300 are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
If your bachelor degree cumulative GPA is below a 3.3, you may be considered for admission by submitting a satisfactory Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score which are listed as previous version test scores and new version comparative test scores, respectively:
- Verbal: 500/153
- Quantitative: 550/146
- Analytical Writing: 4.5
You must possess a bachelor's degree in psychology (or equivalent discipline) from an accredited college or university, or you must provide evidence of a satisfactory academic background in all of the following:
- Introduction to psychology
- Abnormal psychology
- Developmental psychology or human development
- Research methods
You must be enrolled in or have completed 3 of the 4 required prerequisite classes by the admission deadline. All prerequisites must be met by the time you have completed your first semester. You will need to submit proof of completion of or enrollment in the required prerequisite courses when you apply by submitting official transcripts from the institution(s) where you completed or are currently taking the required courses. In addition, you will need to have earned a grade of C+ or higher in each course.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required from persons actively engaged in teaching and/or the practice of counseling who are familiar with your academic and personal qualifications.
No more than three double spaced typed pages in length. Address how each of the following have contributed to your career objectives and prepared you to begin graduate studies in marriage and family therapy:
- Educational background
- Professional work experience (clinical internships or volunteer work) in mental health, human services or related fields
- Personal or family background and experiences
A resume or curriculum vitae is required.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
(Reprinted from program website.)
Our mission is to provide students with the academic and professional training to become competent, ethical, culturally sensitive, and systems-oriented marriage and family therapists who can effectively assess, diagnose, and treat a diverse population of individuals, couples and families.