» Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact for more information about the program?

The MFT program manager, Cassidy Manton, can answer any questions you may have about the program and is available to schedule in-person appointments.  We also encourage prospective students to attend one of our Information Sessions where they receive detailed program information, meet our program director and tour our on-site MFT training clinic.  You may contact Ms. Manton at (714) 744-7837 or via email at MFT@chapman.edu for further information or to schedule an appointment.  

What are the admission periods for the program?  When will I know if I’m accepted?

Chapman University’s MFT program has two admission deadlines, February 1 for Fall, and November 1 for Spring.  All applications are carefully reviewed and prospective students may be invited to our university for an interview.  You will be notified of our admission decision via mail within 4 to 6 weeks of the admission deadline. 

Is the GRE required for admission?

If your GPA is less than 3.3, you’ll need to submit a copy of your GRE scores with your application.  Otherwise, GRE score submission is optional.

Is there a preference for who writes my recommendation letters?

We encourage you to submit letters from individuals who can best speak to your academic and professional strengths and abilities.  Typically students submit letters from professors from their academic institution and from supervisors of their clinical or volunteer work. 

What is the likelihood I will be accepted into Chapman University’s MFT program?

On average, we admit 30% of our total applicants.

How many units will I have to complete and what is the cost of tuition?

This MFT program requires successful completion of 60 units (20 courses) for graduation.  For tuition cost per unit, see the Chapman University Financial Aid webpage and click on the Tuition and Fees link for the desired school year.

Is Financial Aid available?

Yes. Students may apply for financial aid through FAFSA. We also offer fellowships to aid in recruiting top candidates to our program. 

How long does the program take to complete?

The program takes full-time students 2 ½ to 3 years to complete.  Students may also choose to attend the program on a part-time basis.  Our students work with the MFT program manager to develop a plan of study that works best for them.

What days and times are the courses offered?

Most of the classes are offered from either 4-6:50 p.m. or 7-9:50 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  In the final year of study, schedules vary, as students attend clinical supervision meetings and meet with clients in our clinic to complete their practicum requirements.

What is the average class size?

Our MFT program strives to maintain small class sizes to create opportunities for increased engagement, discussion and faculty accessibility.  Classes average around 20-25 students.  

Does Chapman University assist with clinical practicum experience?

All MFT students complete 3 semesters of practicum at our onsite MFT training clinic.  At the clinic, students receive supervised clinical experience treating adults, couples, families and children.  Student clinical training includes video-based supervision and clinical case presentations as well as live observation of therapy sessions.  Students may also elect to participate in external traineeships for additional clinical experience.

What are the requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist?

In California, applicants for MFT licensure need to have a qualifying Doctor’s or Master’s degree, have completed of 3,000 supervised work hours and have passed both state licensure exams.  Students typically complete 500-700 hours during the program and must complete the remainder as an MFT intern following graduation. See the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) website at www.bbs.ca.gov for more details.

What happens if I move to another state after I graduate?

Chapman University’s MFT program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).  Although licensure requirements vary from state to state, more than half of state licensure boards accept COAMFTE accredited coursework.  

What is the value of COAMFTE accreditation?

COAMFTE accreditation compels programs to raise standards and improve program efficiency.  Students receive higher quality training due to increased emphasis on program improvement.  Of the 70 MFT programs in California, only 7 others are COAMFTE accredited.

How long does it take to get licensed?

Students who work full-time after graduation typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the remaining hours for licensure. 

What kinds of jobs are available to me in this field?

Career paths in mental health are an individual choice.  Most LMFTs find careers in private practice, outpatient centers, government agencies, health practitioner offices, and residential care centers.  For more statistics on LMFTs in the field, see the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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