Chapman University


Valedictorians. Feature filmmakers. A Nobel laureate. Students from more than 60 countries. Future entrepreneurs. Visionaries who want an education that asks them to connect the dots between disciplines and their humanity to create meaningful, character-driven lives. That’s who comes to Chapman University. Located in Orange, California, Chapman is a mid-sized private university with a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 7,570 students*. Just steps away from the restaurants and shops in Orange’s Old Towne Plaza, Chapman’s stately, palm-treed campus is a centerpiece of this comfortable mid-sized city. Ideally situated within an hour’s drive of Los Angeles, our southern California location provides easy access to LA and Hollywood internships, beautiful beaches, Disneyland, mountains, and desert. Our whole personal education attracts students from different backgrounds and countries from all over the world. We have students from 49 states, the U.S. territories, and more than 60 different countries*. Our diverse student body combined with our small classes make it possible for you to connect across borders and backgrounds, opening your experience to different cultures and ways of viewing the world. We emphasize the interdisciplinary study of the arts and sciences as well as professional programs, giving both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to become multidimensional, original thinkers—the kind of people who flourish in a challenging world. Not only do we strive to connect academic areas of inquiry through interdisciplinary study, we also work to connect students to faculty and the University to the community, so that your education is personal, relevant and engaged in the larger world. *Data from CIRO

Facts & History

Founded as Hesperian College in 1861 in Woodland, California by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we admitted men and women and people of color from our earliest days. Endowed by the Valencia orange magnate Charles Clarke Chapman, the institution changed its name to Chapman College in 1934, and by 1954 had moved to the former campus of Orange Union High School in Orange, California. The college again extended higher educational access when it began offering classes to military personnel at El Toro Marine Base. In 1965, Chapman took undergraduate education to the high seas when it began running World Campus Afloat, the program that would eventually become Semester at Sea, a tradition that continues at Chapman through our worldwide study abroad programs. Since our founding, Chapman has grown into a highly regarded university that attracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States, and more than 60 nations around the world. Our mission statement: To provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.


- U.S. News and World Report rank Chapman University #7 in the Western region. - Princeton Review lists Chapman in its “378 Best Colleges” guide. - The Templeton Foundation included Chapman in its Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges.

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Ed.S. in School Psychology

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Orange

The EdS in School Psychology prepares students to perform a variety of tasks including assessment for intervention, mental health counseling, behavior management and consultation with teachers and parents. [+]

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to work as school psychologists with children from preschool through high school. Chapman University's School Psychology program prepares students to performa variety of tasks including assessment for ntervention, mental health counseling, behavior mamagement and consultation with teachers and parents.

The Ed.S in School Psychology degree program is a 69 unit program that can be completed in 3 years of full time study or 4 years of part time study. The program builds on the mission of the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies by seeking to prepare knowledgeable, skilled and reflective school psychologists who are effective change agents for individuals, families, communities and institutions. Our innovative dual degree program allows students to obtain a MA in Educational Psychology after two yearsand an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology after three years, with an embedded California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology.... [-]

MA in Counseling

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Orange + 1 more

Our Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personal Services Credential in School Counsel program provides training for candidates who wish to work as professional school counselors from preschool through high school. The school counseling program prepares students to perform a variety of tasks including college and career guidance, mental health counseling, student social and emotional support, and consultation with teachers and parents. [+]

The MA in School Counseling program is a 51 unit program that can be completed in 2 years of full-time study or 3 years of part-time study. The programs builds on the mission of the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies by seeking to prepare knowledgeable, skilled, and reflective school counselors who are effective change agents for individuals, families, communities, and institutions. CES has also developed a special emphasis for students interested in obtaining a Professional Clinical Counseling license and a California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling. The Licensed Professional Clincial Counselor (LPCC) is a master’s level license regulated by the Board of Behavior Science Examiners. Students with the LPCC license can practice counseling and psychotherapy outside the schools, in private practice, and clinical settings.... [-]

MA in Film Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Orange

The two-year Master of Arts in Film Studies program offers a comprehensive study of moving image with an emphasis on exploring screen aesthetics through critical, historical and theoretical contexts. [+]

The Master of Arts in Film Studies is unique as it is a researched based master's degree where students develop an original thesis with strong support from faculty. Faculty research interests include, film and television theroy, women in film, America cinema, Asian cinema, and new media studies.

Survey courses on film history and theory will equip the students with basic knowledge and skills for scholarly exploration of film and in-depth study of genres and auteurs will allow them to apply those analytical tools to individual films and filmmakers.

Students have the opportunity to apply for conference funding, teaching assistant positions and research support, all of thich can be conenected to the workshop of their M.A. thesis dissertation. ... [-]

MA in Leadership Development

Campus Full time Part time 15 - 24 months September 2018 USA Orange + 1 more

The Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies offers a pioneering Masters in Arts in leadership development (MLD) that can be completed in 2 years. Our leadership program encourages students to look beyond content and task outcomes to focus on relationships and critical processes. Our graduates develop the skills to be creative and innovative in driving purposeful and sustained change. [+]

The Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies offers a pioneering Master in Leadership Development (MLD) that can be completed in 2 years . The MLD develops leaders who are capable of shaping leadership in others and serving purposes that transcend themselves and work for the common good of all. Modeling the core values of Attallah College; self-awareness, caring, courage, service, affirming diversity, and civic engagement, the MLD appeals to a range of professionals and educationally diverse settlings. In exploring the MLD, you may see yourself collaborating with others in:

IGovernmental, Community and Nonprofit Origanizations Corporations, Bueinesses, and Entrepreneurial Start-ups Institutions of Higher Education Schools and Other Educational Settings Youth Organizations Take Charge of Your Learning ... [-]

MA in Marriage and Family Therapy

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Orange

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is specifically structured to prepare students for licensure in California for Marriage and Family. All students in our program have the unique experience of completing a one year clinical practicum in our onside community clinic, the Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy. [+]

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.... [-]

MA in War and Society

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Orange

The Masters of Arts in War and Society at Chapman University educates graduate-level students in the field of war and society by rigorously examining the social, cultural political and moral aspects of how societies go to war. experience war and deal with war's consequences. [+]

The Master of Arts Program in War and Society at Chapman University aims to become the nation's premoer grduate-level program for sudying the global interrelationships between war an socities in the mdoern era. The MA program combines traditional graduate-;eve; education with career enhancement credentialing for professionals working in the larger field of war and society. This emphasis builds on the unique resources available at Chapman University:

The Center for American War Letters The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education The Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library

Our graduates possess a broad cultural and historical perspective on the moral and ethical implications of war. They are able to listen, read, and write effectively and demonstrate an ability to respond to problems associated with war and its aftermath. Our graduates appreciate patterns of continuity and change in how societies go to, wage, and end war and in the relationships between civilians, soldiers and the state. ... [-]

Master in International Studies

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Orange

The Master of Arts in International Studies is two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study designed to train students seeking global careers with the U.S. Foreign Service, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations (UN), or businesses. [+]

In today’s global environment, expertise in international affairs is essential to understanding the contemporary world.

Course Study

This is a cohort degree program. Students must complete 42 credits of academic work, demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to having completed two courses in the language at the 300 level, complete a 240-hour international internship, and successfully complete a master's thesis.


All students complete an international internship between their first and second years of study. These internships immerse students in culture and real-world work overseas, providing them with language and professional skills in the field to which they aspire. For example, past students who hoped to pursue a career in the NGO arena participated in international internships with Global Vision International, the Foundation for Sustainable Development and others.... [-]

MFA in Creative Writing

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Orange

he MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University encourages students to write boldly, read thoughtfully and live vibrantly. Whether you are interested in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting or a combination of genres. [+]

The M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Chapman University offers a various genre options for students, including Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting, and Experimental Writing.

The creative writing faculty is comprised of a wide variety of award-winning writers and poets who serve as mentors from day one.

The MFA program brings together the widesy array of genre options and asethetic approaches of any creative writing program its size and offers competitive fellowships with a full tuition waiver and an $18,000 stipend.

The MFA program also offers Word Theatre and the Tabula Poetica Reading Series every Fall, the John Fowles Center Reading Series every spring, and Pub(lishing) Crawl in April. ... [-]

MFA in Documentary Film

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Orange

The two-year M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking is a program that is uniquely focused on feature-length documentary storytelling. In this program you will gain hands-on production experience, learn about the history and aesthetics of the documentary form, study documentary genres, and learn how to develop compelling, original content through a rigorous and creative development process. [+]

In your first two semesters of the MFA in Documentary Filmmaking program, you learn the fundamentals of the complete documentary production process from concept to distribution. In your last year you will collaborate on the production of a documentary project under the mentorship of accomplished documentary filmmakers. You will graduate with a compelling documentary and a thorough knowledge of the business to jumpstart your career in documentary filmmaking.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the degree

Complete 48 credits at the 500 or 600 level. Successfully complete a two-part thesis project. Pass an oral defense of the thesis project. Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate mastery of documentary directing and storytelling skills, including the ability to visually and aurally tell a coherent and engaging story with a clear argument about real-world subjects and/or events.... [-]

MFA in Film Production

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Orange

The three-year M.F.A. in Film Production is a mentoring-focused, hands-on program that explores all aspects of film production through the use of storytelling, industry standard tools and best practices. Students must choose an area of specialization at the point of application in either directing, cinematography, editing or sound design. [+]

Whether you’re currently working in the film industry or some other field, if film production is your calling, then Dodge College is your seminary.

Degree Requirements Complete 72 credits at the 500 or 600 level. Successfully complete a thesis film. Pass an oral defense of the thesis project. Learning Outcomes Exhibit an understanding of the fundamental components of visual storytelling, story structure, and story analysis. Articulate the various functions and roles on a film set, and work collaboratively within that structure. Through closely-mentored projects, demonstrate technical proficiency in a specific filmmaking discipline (Directing, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Design, Producing, or Production Design). Through critical essays, writing assignments, and visual production exercises demonstrate an understanding of the development of film language, including aesthetic perspective. [-]


Master in Computational and Data Sciences

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Orange

The Master of Science in Computational and Data Sciences constructs mathematical models, develop quantitative analysis techniques, and use computers to analyze and solve scientific real-life problems. [+]

As the challenges we face—environmental, biological, chemical, geophysical—continue to grow and generate massive amounts of data, it’s computational and data sciences that will help us meet those issues head-on. Computational Science practitioners apply the knowledge and power of computing to other science disciplines, whether it be running a costly physics experiment through a computer simulation to save millions, or creating new software that can sift through raw data wi th a far more strategic and sophisticated eye.

Through modeling, simulation, and study of specific phenomena via computer analysis, data mining, and software engineering, you will learn to apply extraordinary technology and processes to answer the world’s most complex questions in fields including:... [-]

Master in Food Science

Campus Full time 18 months September 2018 USA Orange

As a student of the Master of Science in Food Science program, you will apply scientific principles to study the properties of food and develop innovative ways to process and package foods resulting in safe, sustainable and nutritious food choices. [+]

Chapman University’s Master of Science in Food Science allows you to turn your passions for science and food into a rewarding career. Food Science is the discipline in which scientists use biology, chemistry, physical sciences, psychology and engineering to study the properties of foods. They develop innovative ways to process, preserve, or package food, thereby making our food supply safer, sustainable and more nutritious.

Earn your degree in as little as 18 months Convenient evening classes for working adults Excellent graduate and alumni career placement rates Plentiful internships provide valuable experience The demand for food scientists is projected to increase 10% until 2020* and job prospects in Southern California especially continue to grow steadily. The food industry is economically stable – people must eat! ... [-]

MS in Behavioral and Computational Economics

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 5 years September 2018 USA Orange + 1 more

Formed as an alternative to a more traditional theory-based degree, the Master of Science in Behavioral and Computational Economics (MSBCE) pushes students to use laboratory experiments, computer simulations and mathematical analysis to study economic institutions and how they operate. [+]

The program curriculum takes a unique hands-on approach. Students spend some time with the traditional study of economic systems, but the majority of their work is on personal projects and experiments. Students are encouraged to use their insights to create exchange systems they find personally interesting, and the ESI professors support and work alongside the students throughout the program.

The unique MSBCE program offers two options. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree undertake a two-year master’s program. Students still working on an undergraduate degree can take a five-year program that integrates undergraduate and master’s degrees.

2-Year Master of Science in Behavioral and Computational Economics ... [-]

MS in Health and Strategic Communication

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Orange

The School of Communication’s Health and Strategic Communication program is the only evidence-based master’s program of its kind in Southern California, focusing on the intersection between communication and health. [+]

This program, which can be completed in one or two years, allows students to study the role of effective communication in medical settings, health promotion and education, and physical and mental well-being. Students examine the communication strategies and theories essential to informing and influencing individual, institutional, and public audiences about important health issues ranging from patient-provider interactions, families dealing with health issues, and public health crises. Students also explore communication in interpersonal relationships, health and strategic marketing campaigns, and health messages in media and entertainment.

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Chapman University

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92866 Orange, California, USA
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