Frequently Asked Questions

Our application deadline is typically February 15, but this may vary slightly from year to year.

No. We only admit students once a year for admission in the Fall Semester.

Our program is full-time for two years.

Our program is designed to be full-time for 2 years and classes are only offered once a year. If you attend part-time, it will take at least 3 years to complete the program.

This is a full-time program and most classes are offered during the day. It may be possible to work part-time and attend our program, but not full-time. Many of our students work part-time during the first year, but this becomes more difficult during the second year when students are required to do a 20-hour/week practicum placement (traineeship/internship).

We admit a maximum of 16 students each year, out of approximately 200 applicants, so this is a competitive program. Our program also operates on the “cohort model” meaning those 16 students come into the program together, take all their classes together, and hopefully stay together through graduation. We find students appreciate the small cohort size and the camaraderie and collegiality they build with both their classmates and our faculty.

You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA below 3.0 should not apply.

No, our program does not require the GRE for admission.

This is a full-time program for two years and most classes are offered during the day. First-year students attend classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and second-year students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During the second year, students are at their half-time clinical placements (also known as practicum, traineeship, or internship) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays.

Yes. For MFT students, this is referred to as your “practicum” or “traineeship.” This is a BBS requirement for licensure as an MFT. In our program, students begin with an introductory practicum during the Spring semester of the first year. In this first practicum our MFT students serve as “mentees” to students in the Pomona Unified School District. Also during the Spring semester of the first year, students must apply for their formal practicum placement or “traineeship.” This is when students officially begin accruing hours toward licensure. Our program provides a list of approved practicum sites. Students are then responsible for contacting these sites and going through their application process. During the second year, students are at their practicum sites half-time (or 20 hours per week). Students attend practicum on Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays, and class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We suggest you visit the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) website for detailed information on the requirements for MFT licensure in California.

Here is the link to another document that answers FAQs about MFT licensure in California.

Our MFT program fulfills BBS requirements for MFT licensure in California and is accredited by the Western Accreditation of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Please visit the CPP Financial Aid and Scholarships webpage for this information.

We will consider applicants from related majors (e.g., sociology, social work, education) if they have had at least 24 semester or 36 quarter units of psychology courses. Students from completely unrelated majors (e.g., English, Engineering) are not qualified for our program and should not apply.