Prospective Students: Admissions
Deadline and Checklist
Review the requirements for admission to the program. Check our Application Checklist
The program begins in Autumn Quarter and admits students once a year. The application deadline is January 3.
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For additional information on admission, visit the Graduate Center.
- Screening. The Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Admissions Committee will complete an initial applicant screening process based on the application materials only. The MFT program does not discriminate in its application process on the basis of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation. The MFT program attempts to select student cohorts with diversity in mind.
- Group interview. In mid March/early April, finalists are invited to meet with members of the committee for an all-day group interview process. It is highly recommended that applicants participate in the group interview process*.
- Recommendation and approval. Admission to the marriage and family therapy graduate program depends on recommendation by the MFT faculty and approval from the chair of marriage and family therapy.
- Timeline. The entire process is usually completed within twelve weeks after the final deadline date for applications.
- Probationary period. All students are admitted on a probation status in order to allow faculty to be certain students are fully prepared for placement in an internship site.
- Full admission. In order for placement in an internship site to occur, full admission is required. To be considered for full admission, students must complete a minimum of 11 units in the MFT program, average a 3.0 GPA or better in all courses, and be recommended for continuance by MFT faculty.
*Telephone interviews are also permissible, but only in exceptional circumstances.
Costs and Financial Aid
The tuition rate is based on credit hour. For more information about costs and fees, visit our graduate catalog.
Financial aid is available to students who are admitted as degree-seeking students and who demonstrate financial need. Check our graduate catalog for financial aid details. Direct your specific questions to Student Financial Services.
Transfer of Credit
Students who wish to apply master's degree-level coursework that they’ve completed at a regionally accredited institution must provide applicable transcripts and/or syllabi.
- Max credits. A maximum of 9 quarter credits may be transferred
- Minimum grade point. A minimum grade of “B” (3.0) is required for transferred work
Each transferred course must be completed before application; at least three graduate quarter credits; equivalent to courses taught in SPU’s MFT program.