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M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy

Class of 2019

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Admissions Cycle

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020. All application materials must be received by July 31, 2020 in order to be considered for admission. Applications will be reviewed on a space available basis and the application may close at any time.

There is a priority review deadline for applicants who submit their application along with all required supplemental materials by:

  • October 1 for Spring admission
  • February 1 for Fall admission

Applicants must submit their completed application by the above dates to be considered for a fellowship.

Chapman University provides a comprehensive and personal education that attracts students from different backgrounds from all over the world. We have students from 39 states, the U.S. territories and 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.

Chapman University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, religion, military status, or veteran's status in its admissions policies or administration of its educational programs, including scholarship and loan programs, under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Prerequisite Requirements

You must possess a bachelor's 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:

  1. Introduction to psychology
  2. Abnormal psychology
  3. Developmental psychology or human development
  4. Research methods

You must be enrolled in or have completed three of the four required prerequisite courses by the admission deadline. You will need to submit proof of completion of or enrollment in the required prerequisite courses when you apply by submitting official transcripts from the institution(s) where you completed or are currently taking 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 Record Exam (GRE) 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: 153
  • Quantitative: 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:

  1. Educational background
  2. Professional work experience (clinical internships or volunteer work) in mental health, human services or related fields
  3. 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.

International Students Only

  1. TOEFL: 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).
  2. Financial Certification Form 

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Contact Us

Melissa Liberman, MA
Graduate Admission Counselor
(714) 628-2847

Cassidy Manton, MS, LMFT
Program Manager
(714) 744-7837

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