M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Chapman’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is one of only seven nationally-accredited programs in California by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and meets state-mandated educational requirements for licensure in California as an MFT. Offered at Chapman for more than 40 years, the MFT program has trained hundreds of master- level therapists. Our program features one year of clinical practicum in the on-site Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy, a resource found at very few schools, but available at Chapman. 

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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.

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Curriculum: Complete 60 credits of coursework related to the profession of marriage and family therapy, including three consecutive semesters of practicum.

Clinical Practicum: After you have completed at least 40 credits toward your master’s degree and met with a committee to assess your readiness to see clients, you will be able to begin practicum.

Comprehensive Exam: Given in lieu of a master’s thesis, this exam is required in order to receive your graduate degree.