Medical Family Therapy - Seattle Pacific University

Professional / Post-Grad: Admission

Admission Procedures



  1. Screening. The Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Admissions Committee will complete an initial application screening process based on the application materials only.
  2. Group Interview. In late July, finalists are invited to meet with members of the committee for an hour group interview.
  3. Recommendation and approval. Admission to the MDFT program depends on recommendation by the MFT faculty and approval from the director of MDFT.
  4. Timeline. The entire process is usually completed within five weeks after the final deadline date for applications.
  5. 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.

Official Transcript
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:

  1. 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).
  2. Academic. At least one from a person qualified to evaluate academic ability (e.g., educator).
  3. 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.

Personal Statement
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.