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Admission Procedures and Guidelines

Please note that there are two steps to our MFT admission process:

1. Application, letter of intent, and other materials sent to the graduate school
2. MFT essay, photo, and resume sent to the MFT Staff Assisstant

Applicants must have:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college
  • Evidence of ability to do graduate work

Prerequisites for admission to the master's program include

In addition, candidates who have the following courses will have special consideration

  • Abnormal psychology or psychopathology
  • Human sexuality
  • Undergraduate course in family therapy theories or family intervention

The following items will be assessed and are needed for consideration:

  • GRE or MAT scores (GRE must be above 40% for Verbal and Quantitative) (MAT must be above 40% for Percentile for Total Group)
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Transcripts
  • An application and letter of intent to the Graduate School
  • A separate written MFT essay to the MFT program
  • Three letters of reference (2 must be from former professors)
  • An interview

Applications must be received by December 20th of each year for matriculation in the fall. Application is now accomplished online. For information and procedures, please go to the School of Graduate Studies application procedures.

Interviews are typically held in February.

  • Email the MFT essay, photo, and resume separately to the MFT Staff Assistant – Nancy Potter at nancy.potter@usu.edu; do not send them to the Graduate School.
  • Send all other materials to the Graduate School including transcripts and letters of reference.

The Rest of the Process:

  • The number of finalists for consideration will be determined by the number of applicants and available slots. Six students are admitted each year.
  • Selected finalists will be invited to participate in an interview in February. The purpose of the interview is to provide an opportunity for candidates and faculty to get to know one another so that each can make informed decisions about the appropriate fit of the program and student. Students will then be invited into the program.
  • All finalists must be approved by the Family, Consumer, and Human Development Department's Graduate Admission and Finance Committee.
  • The selected students will be notified as soon as possible following the interviews and will have one week to respond. A letter of acceptance is required as well as a telephone call. Alternates also will be selected.

Applications to the Utah State University Graduate School should include all of the following:

  • Completed Graduate School application, including intent portion
  • THREE letters of reference, 2 from former professors
  • GRE and/or MAT scores (GRE must be above 40% for Verbal and Quantitative) (MAT must be above 40% for Percentile for Total Group)
  • Official transcripts of all work completed at accredited institutions
  • Application fee

Items Sent to the MFT Program Staff Assistant – Nancy Potter at nancy.potter@usu.edu include:

  • A separate MFT essay.
  • Resume
  • Wallet-size photo

The MFT essay should:

  • Be no longer than 5 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point.
  • Follow the outline, paying most attention to knowledge of family therapy and family therapy theories as well as personal experience in helping situations.
  • Answer the questions:
    • How did you become interested in family therapy as a profession?
    • What is your current knowledge of family therapy and family therapy theories?
    • What courses or conferences have you attended? What books have you read?
    • What strikes you as interesting or useful from these experiences?
    • What experience have you had in helping relationships, both formal and informal?
    • What did you learn about working with people from these experiences?
    • What personal and professional goals do you have for yourself during graduate school?
    • What are your professional goals after graduating?
    • Include your current address, email, and telephone number at the beginning or end of your essay.
    • Include a cover letter explaining which of the MFT-specific courses (MFT, Human Sexuality, Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology) you have taken and how you intend to fulfill official prerequisites for matriculation. Students will not be admitted unless prerequisites are fulfilled prior to the fall semester.

We strongly suggest you read the tips for applying to graduate school and follow them, which will make you a more competitive applicant.

If you have any questions about the basic components of the application, please call or email:

Nancy Potter
MFT Staff Assistant
435-797-7430 or nancy.potter@usu.edu

If you have specific questions about your application, please call or email:

Dave Robinson, Ph.D.
Director, MFT Program

493 North 700 East
2700 Old Main Hill
Logan UT, 84321
(435) 797-7431

The MFT Staff Assistant will forward your emails or phone calls to Dave Robinson.

To apply to the MFT program, you must fill out an application through the school of Graduate Studies.