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Phillips Graduate University

Phillips Graduate University


M.A. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

Phillips Graduate University
19900 Plummer St.
Chatsworth, CA 9131

(818) 861-6627

PGU M.A. in Psychology, MFT Emphasis Program Page

PGU M.A. in Psychology, MFT/Art Therapy Emphasis 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


WASC, approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

Concentrations/Specializations Offered

Students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program may select a concentration based upon their academic and clinical interests. These concentrations include Community Mental Health, Co-Occurring Disorders, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and Postmodern Therapy. 

Art Therapy:

The M.A. in Psychology with an Emphasis in MFT/Art Therapy is a distinct degree to which students apply/are accepted.

Master of Arts in Psychology students who wish to add Art Therapy coursework after their first semester need to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor. A personal interview and an academic planning meeting with the Art Therapy Department Chair are required for all students prior to official acceptance into the program.

Students interested in the concentration option must apply to be accepted. Concentration students are not eligible to apply for Art Therapy Registration (ATR). Please contact an admissions advisor for more information regarding the concentration program.

Length of Program

MFT Program: 2 years full-time
MFT/Art Therapy Program: 2-3 years full-time


Full-time Academic Schedule: 

  • One full day of MFT classes either on Saturday or on a weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • A three-hour weekly Case Conference section for the first two semesters offered at various days and times. Students select a day/time that works best with their schedule. 
  • An Introduction to School Counseling course for the first five Tuesday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm of the first semester.
  • Beginning as early as the second semester, students may gain practicum hours at a clinical placement site. 
    • Students should plan to spend approximately 15+ hours a week in clinical placement by the second year of the program (this is in addition to the regular class day). Students are advised to plan carefully for integrating this phase of training into their schedules. Students must be prepared for the academic and professional demands of graduate school, which for MFTs include extensive practicum experience. 

Program Start 

Fall, Spring

Estimated Total Program Tuition

MFT Program: $51,240
MFT/Art Therapy Program: $54,656

Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

10 students per cohort, in Fall there are generally ~40 incoming students.

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

MFT Program
450 hours of practicum experience (as part of the academic requirement) at an approved training agency.

MFT/Art Therapy Program
Students seeking both the California license as an MFT and the Art Therapy Registration (ATR) must complete a total of 700 hours of Practicum, of which 350 hours are direct client contact, prior to graduation.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Minimum of 24 hours of psychotherapy during tenure in the program. Therapy may be in individual, couples, or family sessions.

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Comprehensive oral exam and final project

Application Process

Application Deadline

Priority Application: April 17

Priority Application: November 1

Applications are accepted on a “rolling” basis, which means the Admissions Committee will review eligible candidate files until there are no openings left in the entering class. We strongly encourage all applicants to submit their materials by the Priority Application date so they can be considered for admission for the semester in which they wish to start. 

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (A “Grade Point Average Exemption” may allow admission for applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement.)

If an applicant’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) from his/her bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree, if applicable) falls below 3.0, the applicant is required to petition for a Grade Point Average Exemption with his/her application. The applicant must submit a one-to two-page, double-spaced typed statement explaining past, special, or personal circumstances that contributed to a GPA below 3.0. This statement should also explain why the applicant feels that he/she would be able to successfully participate in a graduate academic program.

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses

MFT Program
A minimum of twelve (12) units of social sciences with a letter grade of "B" or higher successfully completed at the undergraduate level.

MFT with Art Therapy Concentration

  • a minimum of twelve (12) units of psychology coursework successfully completed at the undergraduate level, which must include coursework in developmental and abnormal psychology.
  • 18 semester units of studio art (including drawing, painting, and a three-dimensional studio art course, such as 3-D design, sculpture)
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of "B" or higher.
  • A portfolio of ten examples of applicant's art work.

Application highlights

Letters of Recommendation
Two recommendations are required for application to all programs. Letters of recommendation should be recent.

  • Recommendations from family members or friends will not be accepted.

  • Recommenders should be able to speak to an applicant’s ability to be academically and professionally successful as a graduate-level student in his/her chosen field of study.

  • It is preferred that recommendations come from two (2) different sources in the applicant’s life.

  • Applicants who have not attended school for several years should submit recommendations from persons who are familiar with them on any level of professional involvement.

Resume/Statement of Experience
Applicants are required to submit a current summary of all work experience and education. This summary should reflect positions held, job responsibilities, employers, dates of employment, and educational institutions attended.

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

MFT Program
Applicants are evaluated only after all necessary information and materials have been received by the Admissions Office. Completed files are processed and evaluated by the Admissions Committee for the applicant's program. After the committee's review, selected candidates are invited for interviews and may be required to submit an onsite writing sample during the interview or at some other approved time.  Special arrangements for telephone interviews may apply for applicants who reside outside the Southern California area.

MFT/Art Therapy Program
Admissions Interview with Art Therapy department chair and/or faculty (includes portfolio review).

Phillips students have access to exceptional training opportunities. We offer a cutting-edge training facility that includes a one-way mirror to facilitate live supervision and clinical modeling by faculty who are licensed, practicing professionals.
— Phillips Graduate University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

For more than 40 years, the Phillips Marriage and Family Therapy program has been training students to become competent and effective marriage and family therapists (MFT). The Master of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy is our flagship program whose mission is to empower students to make a difference in the lives of others and to help them grow professionally and personally.

Our MFT program integrates theory and practice, preparing students with the academic knowledge, clinical competency, and professional development necessary to successfully practice as MFTs.

Phillips students have access to exceptional training opportunities. We offer a cutting-edge training facility that includes a one-way mirror to facilitate live supervision and clinical modeling by faculty who are licensed, practicing professionals. As a result, our students have a rich and dynamic learning environment. Our graduates are highly regarded for their professionalism in the mental health field.

Training opportunities are also available at the David H. Fox Counseling Center, the Phillips onsite community counseling center that is a primary training site for Phillips students. The Counseling Center (formerly known as the California Family Counseling Center) has been providing affordable community mental health services since 1971.