Application Requirements

M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy

Application Requirements

  • Application: Complete the Graduate Application
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited institution
  • Recommended cumulative grade point average of 2.90 or above on a 4.0 scale to apply. Applicants with a GPA below 2.90 will need to answer additional questions in autobiographical essay and will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Review the essay prompts. Two essays are required (instructions to upload the documents are included within the online application).
  • Submit two recommendation forms. Select professional and/or academic references who can address your professional and academic potential. The online application will ask you to include the contact information for your references. Once you submit your application, your references will be emailed the recommendation form with steps to complete it.
  • Submit a current resume including all professional and volunteer experience
  • Faculty interview
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

All Counseling and Family Therapy Division applicants must submit all application requirements prior to the application deadline to be considered for admission.

Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview with program faculty two weeks after the application deadline. During the half-day admission interview, prospective students participate in highly interactive group discussions and written reflective assignments designed to further assess each student's readiness for the program.

Applicants who are offered admission to the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy must submit his or her response to the Office of Admissions no later than 10 business days after notification. A non-refundable deposit of $350.00 is required at the time of acceptance to guarantee a position in the program. The deposit will be applied directly to tuition.


The faculty admits students who demonstrate academic and psychological readiness. Admission is competitive and limited by the programs' need to maintain appropriate clinical faculty/student ratios in the respective programs.

An admissions committee made up of faculty representing the program the student is applying for (MFT or Counseling) carefully assesses each applicant's appropriateness for their respective programs through evaluation of application materials and assessments of the applicant during the admission process and admission interview. Applicants must complete the interview to be considered for admission and are required to attend an orientation upon acceptance. Eligibility for the Master's in Counseling or Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Viable candidates for admission often have a background in psychology or family studies demonstrated by several or all of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or family studies
  • Work experience related to psychology or helping relationships
  • Participation in personal psychotherapy
  • Personal life experiences that would indicate an ability for introspection, empathy for others and psychological maturity