The Medical Family Therapy program begins in Autumn Quarter and admits students once a year. The application deadline is July 1.

Admission procedures

  • Screening. The Medical Family Therapy Graduate Admissions Committee will complete an initial application screening process based on your application materials only.
  • Group Interview. In late July, finalists are invited to meet with members of the committee for an hour-long group interview.
  • Recommendation and approval. Your admission to the MedFT program depends on recommendation by the MFT faculty and approval from the director of MedFT.
  • Probationary period. Students are admitted on a probation status in order to allow faculty to be certain they are fully prepared for placement in a medical clinic. Once you have been assessed by MedFT faculty and cleared for your clinical readiness, the director will lift your probationary status.

Application checklist for post-graduate application

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcript(s)
    • Must have master's or doctoral degree from regionally accredited institution(s).
    • 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.
  • Prerequisites
    • If you have received graduate training in social work, behavioral science, theology, nursing, or medicine, your prior classes will undertake a review.
    • Depending upon past coursework, additional credits in systems theory and family therapy may be needed.
  • Three letters of recommendations (professional, academic, and personal)
    • 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).
    • At least one from a person qualified to evaluate academic ability (e.g., educator).
    • A third recommendation may include a reference from an employer and/or supervisor from a volunteer experience.
  • Résumé
    • A current vita or résumé showing education, relevant work or volunteer experiences, and references.
  • Personal statement, three to four pages, typed, and double-spaced, addressing:
    • Your career goals.
    • Personal interest in the Medical Family Therapy program.
    • Your professional and personal strengths as they apply to the mental health profession.
    • Related volunteer or work experiences.
    • Personal and professional life experiences and how they have converged to motivate your application to the MedFT program at this time.
Claudia Grauf-Grounds

Why I Teach at SPU

Claudia Grauf-Grounds, Emerita Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

“I thrive when teaching. Watching the eyes of students light up, or hearing a small group eagerly engage in a task assignment (an amazing feat for school-hardened graduate students) still makes my day. I felt the calling to teach graduate students quite clearly while attending Fuller Theological Seminary. My strengths in teaching stem from my ability to integrate ideas, communicate clearly, organize my lessons, creatively assign projects, model what I am teaching, and remember how it was for me to learn things for the first time. As referenced by Parker Palmer, We Teach Who We Are (Palmer, 1998).”