Professional / Post-Grad: Admission
- Screening. The Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Admissions Committee will complete an initial application screening process based on the application materials only.
- Group Interview. In late July, finalists are invited to meet with members of the committee for an hour group interview.
- Recommendation and approval. Admission to the MDFT program depends on recommendation by the MFT faculty and approval from the director of MDFT.
- Timeline. The entire process is usually completed within five weeks after the final deadline date for applications.
- Probationary period. Student is admitted on a probation status in order to allow faculty to be certain student is fully prepared for placement in a medical clinic. Once the student has been assessed by MDFT faculty and cleared for their clinical readiness the Director will lift probationary status.
Application Checklist for Post-Graduate Application
Have you completed and submitted these five items? All need tobedone in ordertoprocessyour application.
Applicants must have masters or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Candidates need a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 45 quarter credits (30 semester credits) of coursework completed before applying for admission, or in all graduate work.*
*whichever is higher
Those persons who have received graduate training in social work, behavioral science, theology, nursing, or medicine will undertake a review of their prior classes. Depending upon past coursework, additional credits in systems theory and family therapy may be needed.
Applicants will submit three letters of recommendation:
- Professional. At least one from a person professionally qualified to recommend for a field of this nature (e.g., mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, pastoral counselor, psychologist).
- Academic. At least one from a person qualified to evaluate academic ability (e.g., educator).
- Personal. A third recommendation may include a reference from an employer and/or supervisor from a volunteer experience.
Applicants will submit a current vita or resume that shows education, relevant work, or volunteer experiences, and references.
Applicants will submit a typed, succinct personal statement that provides an accurate indication of writing and grammatical skills. Statements should be 2-3 pages in length and double spaced.
The personal statement should address:
- Objectives. Your career goals.
- Why MDFT. Personal interest in the medical family therapy program.
- Strengths. Professional and personal strengths as they apply to the mental health profession.
- Experience. Related volunteer or work experiences.
- Why now. Personal and professional life experiences and how they have converged to motivate your application to the MDFT program.