MA in Marriage and Family Therapy

Chapman University

Program Description

MA in Marriage and Family Therapy

Chapman University

The Master in Arts in 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 one of only eight 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 multiculurally competent, ethical,and systems-oriented marriage and family therapists who are critical consumers of research in the field.

Onsite Clinical Practicum

For one year, all MFT students conduct individual, couple, and family therapy under the 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 eight 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 it 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.

Educational Outcomes

  • COAMFTE Accreditation ( Programs Goals and Student Learning Outcomes)
  • The COAMFTE accreditation allows for ease of transferability of coursework, clinical hours, and credits completed almong COAMFTE-accredited program, oftentimes easing the licesure process after moving to another state.
  • Students are encouraged to check with their preferred state regarding specific educational requirements.

Program Objectives

  • Teach a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing relational/systemic theories and techniques (KNOWLEDGE)
  • Graduate students who are competent in the practice of marriage and family therapy ( PRATICE)
  • Promote an environment of inclusion and respect for diversity in all its forms throughout curriculum offerings and clinical training (DIVERSITY)
  • Teach students to retically evaluate research in the field and use it to inform and enhance clinical practice ( RESEARCH)
  • Train students to appy MFT professional and ethical standars (ETHICS)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of family systems theories by incorporating theory and technique when working with different tratment units.
  • Students will graduate from the program within the advertised length of time.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of and respect for diversity issues and their own social location in relation to their clinical experience.
  • Students will be successful consumers of research by demonstrating an understanding of basic research methods and integrating this knowledge into clinical practice.
  • Students will be knowledgeable of and successfully apply appropriate legal and ethical guidelines necessary for the competent practice of marriage and family therapy
  • Graduates will secure employment in the field of Marriage 7 Family Therapy.
  • Graduates will pass MFT Licensing Exams.

Faculty Outcomes

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

Naveen Jonathan Ph.D., LMFT Program Director

  • Research Interests: Gender roles and equality in couple relationships, elderly clients and their families, and multicultural issues in therapy.
    Clinical Interests: Children/teens and their families, couple relationships, LGBTQ community, college/university students, and solution focused therapy.

Brennan Peterson Ph.D., LMFT Professor
Research Interests: Coping with infertility, fertility awareness, and oocyte cryopreservation.
Clinical Interests: Couple/Individual therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and mindfulness.
Faculty Spotlight: Brennan Peterson, PhD

Arpita Lal Ph.D., LMFT Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Families coping with chronic illness, and multicultural and gender related issues.
Clinical Interests: Couples therapy, teens, young adults, multicultural, and gender issues.

Admission Guidelines


You must possess an undergraduate 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
  • Dvelopmental psuchology or human development
  • Reserach Methods

*You must be enrolled 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 offfical transcripts from the instituation(s) where you completed or are currently takin the required courses. In addition, you will need to have earned a grade of C+ or higher in each course.

Minimum Application Requirements:

  • Online application for admission (which includes $60 non-refundable application fee)
  • Official transcript from degree granting institution and institution(s) where prerequisite courses were completed (if applicable).
  • Graduate Admission Test Scores – 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) as listed below:

    Verbal: 500/153
    Quantitative: 550/146
    Analytical Writing: 4.5

    Chapman University School Code: 4047
  • 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.
  • Personal Statement – 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:

a) Educational background
b) Professional work experience (clinical internships or volunteer work) in
mental health, human services or related fields
c) Personal or family background and experiences

  • 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)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 23, 2018
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