»Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is specifically structured to prepare students for licensure in California as Marriage and Family Therapists.

Of the 92 state accredited or approved MFT programs, Chapman’s is 1 of only 7 programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE).

+-Our Mission

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.

+-Onsite Clinical Practicum

For one year, all MFT students conduct individual, couple, and family therapy under direct supervision of licensed mental health professionals at Chapman’s MFT Training Clinic, the Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy, which opened a new state-of-the-art clinic in January 2011. With 8 large observation rooms, each equipped with digital cameras used to record sessions for instructional purposes, the clinic not only provides students with valuable real-world training, but also strives to improve the quality of life in the greater community.

Very few MFT programs possess an onsite clinic, which enables students to work toward the 3,000 hours they must complete prior to taking the MFT licensing exams in California. Several of our graduates have cited this part of the program as one of the best aspects of their education, as it is very difficult to get this kind of hands on experience elsewhere.

+-Admission Guidelines

Prerequisites:

You must possess an undergraduate degree in Psychology (or equivalent discipline) from an accredited college or university or must provide evidence of a satisfactory academic background in all of the following:

    Abnormal Psychology or Child Abnormal Psychology
    Child Psychology or Adolescent Psychology or Developmental Psychology
    Learning Theory or Cognitive Psychology or Physiological Psychology
    Personality Theory or Social Psychology
    Research Methods in Psychology or Psychological Assessment
    Statistics

*You must be enrolled or have completed 4 of the 6 required prerequisite classes by the admission deadline.  All prerequisites must be met by the time you have completed your first semester.

Admission Requirements:

  •     Online application for admission (which includes $60 non-refundable application fee)
  •     Official transcript from degree granting institution
  •     Beginning for Spring 2015 admission:  Graduate Admission Test Scores – If your bachelor degree cumulative GPA is between a 2.8 – 3.49, 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: 5.0/5.0
  •     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.
  •     Statement of intent – approximately three typed pages in length.  Address educational and/or personal experiences that have shaped your career objectives and prepared you to begin graduate studies in marriage and family therapy.
  •     Resume – a resume or curriculum vitae is required
  •     Non-Discrimination Policy and Licensure Notification Form – complete, sign and submit with application.
  •     TOEFL (International Students Only) – applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States are required to achieve an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  •     Financial Certification Form (International Students Only)

+-Our Faculty

Our faculty are licensed professionals specializing in a broad range of approaches, including family systems, cognitive behavioral, humanistic existential, psychodynamic, and post-modern.  As students will be tested on several different theories as they attain licensure, the availability of multiple areas of faculty expertise has proven invaluable for alumni.

MFT Administrators and Faculty »

+-Educational Outcomes

Program Outcomes

  1. To prepare students for the profession of marriage and family therapy
  2. To admit and graduate a diverse student body prepared for the practice of marriage and family therapy
  3. To prepare students for the practice of marriage and family therapy by providing a supervised one-year practicum training experience 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of family systems theories and be able to successfully apply systems theories in clinical practice
  2. Students will demonstrate an awareness of and respect for diversity issues, as well as demonstrate competence in working with diverse clinical populations 
  3. Students will be knowledgeable of and successfully apply appropriate legal and ethical guidelines necessary for the competent practice of marriage and family therapy 
  4. Students will be able to conceptualize cases, articulate systemically-oriented treatment plans, and demonstrate overall competence in clinical practice
  5. Students will qualify for state MFT internship status necessary for continued progression towards MFT licensure

Faculty Outcomes

  1. The faculty will demonstrate excellence in teaching and supervision to advance students in the profession of marriage and family therapy
  2. The faculty will demonstrate excellence in scholarly and professional activities that contribute to student learning
  3. The faculty will demonstrate excellence in service through engagement in the Chapman University academic community
  4. The faculty will mentor students in the practice of marriage and family therapy including issues that demonstrate an understanding and respect for cultural diversity

+-Research Opportunities

Students are encouraged to take on research and graduate assistantship programs that may provide for the opportunity to publish and/or present their findings at conferences and symposia.  Past research opportunities have included:

  • Studying health benefits of meditation and creative movement/conditioning in treating anxiety disorders
  • Examining how men and women cope with infertility

+-Your Career

According to US News and World Report, a marriage and family therapist is one of the 50 best careers in 2011.  Alumni have gone on to:

  • Work in public/non-profit agencies
  • Work in governmental or private agencies
  • Work in private practice settings
  • Work in in-patient facilities
  • Teach college courses

This MFT program may also serve as the foundation for further graduate study in psychology or one of the related disciplines, particularly if students also opt to complete an empirical masters thesis as part of their degree.

+-Student Achievement Criteria

Student achievement criteria including graduation rates, licensing exam pass rates, and alumni licensing rates can be found on the COAMFTE website

For detailed salary information for MFTs in California and throughout the United States, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

 

+-Student Testimonials

Giovanna Camponovo -”Besides being very competitive, the program has a good emphasis on cultural diversity, and I don’t mean just the community.  The program itself includes ‘cultural heritage’ as an ingrained component. I’m able to look into my own and other cultures, which is especially important for an MFT in California.”

Christy Zail - “It is rare for a graduate school to have a site on campus where students can complete practicum, and it is one of the great benefits that sets Chapman apart from other institutions.”

Tal Feingold - “The amount of personal attention I’ve received has been impressive.  There’s never been a point where I didn’t have someone to consult.” 

Angela Liang - “Chapman has created a great network within the community to provide students and interns with jobs post-graduation via its alumni who work in various agencies.  The MFT field is important because it offers support, assistance and guidance in areas that are often forgotten yet very important for people to function successfully.  The camaraderie that I have developed with my classmates, as well as the faculty and staff, has been a blessing, adding to both my academic and professional experiences.”

Lea Mendoza – “My training at the clinic was valuable for three reasons.  First, it’s rare to find an MFT training clinic within a master’s program because this is normally found at the doctoral level.  Second, the diversity and depth of experience and knowledge of the clinic’s supervisors enriched my learning experience tremendously.  And third, the clinic’s faculty and staff made themselves available to us to ensure our educational and personal growth and success.”

Kathleen Mates-Youngman - “It’s so important to work in a clinical setting with high-quality supervision during your internship.  And the fact that you can do your hours and get this valuable training right there on campus, under the supervision of your own professors, makes the experience and the education even more valuable.”

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Our class schedules accommodate working professionals

We are on a traditional 16-week semester system, with weekly classes in the fall, spring, and summer.  Students may attend courses on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Faculty News

Dr. Brennan Peterson examines the psychological challenges surrounding the issue of infertility on the May 24th Academic Minute podcast: Psychology of Infertility

Best Job in America

CNN names Marriage & Family Therapist as one of the best jobs in America! Full report from the CNN website.

Contact Us

Sheryl Ralph, M.A., LMFT
Graduate Program Manager

ralph@chapman.edu

(714) 744-7837

Krystle Hobson
Graduate Admission Counselor
khobson@chapman.edu
(714) 997-6711 ext. 2847

Brennan Peterson, Ph.D., LMFT
Program Director and Associate Professor
bpeterson@chapman.edu
(714) 744-7915