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How to Apply


The Couple and Family Therapy program provides an intensive educative and training experience in which clinical expertise is stressed. Consequently, enrollment is limited and selection is competitive. Full-time students have priority both for admission and internships. Review of applications begins February 1. Admission requirements include:

  • Evidence of competent academic performance in the undergraduate major

  • Miller Analogy or Graduate Record Exam scores (TOEFL as appropriate)

  • Personal statement describing your interest in CFT and outlining your professional goals, see guidelines

  • Two or more letters of recommendation that can speak to your academic performance or when applicable attest to observed experience related to the helping professions

  • Undergraduate or graduate courses in the following areas:

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Developmental Theory
    • Couple and Family Relationships
    • Counseling Skills
    • Research Design and Statistics (strongly encouraged)

  • Applicants who have been selected as candidates for admission must be interviewed by the CFT faculty. The goal of this interview is to determine whether the applicant possesses the full range of academic qualifications, experiential background, clinical competency, and readiness to undertake the rigors of an academically and emotionally demanding clinical preparation program.

Opportunities for financial aid, outlined in the graduate catalog, include graduate

assistantships, work study opportunities, tuition scholarships, and graduate student loans.


Please visit the Graduate School’s webpage on financial support,, for more information. A limited

number of graduate assistantships (GA) are available on a competitive basis. Additional mechanisms of support are detailed at the Office of Financial Aid.


Test preparation resources for the Miller Analogy (MAT) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE), including detailed articles describing the different sections and practice tests that follow the official test outline can be found at the following sites.

                    MAT Test Resources


                    GRE Test Resources