How to Apply-Couples and Family Therapy

Learn more about how to apply for Seattle University’s Couples and Family Therapy graduate program.

The application deadline is January 15.

Application Review Process and Timeline

Applications are reviewed after the deadline. Applying by the deadline ensures consideration for space in the cohort and consideration for institutional aid scholarships. Please note that the cohort begins every fall quarter.

International students should review the international admissions page for more information on deadlines, additional requirements and more.

International Admissions Information

Application Timeline for Fall 2025 Admissions

Date* Application Process
January 15 Application Submitted (with all required materials)
February 9 - February 23 Application review by faculty committee
February 24 - March 7 Admissions Interviews
Mid-March Admissions decision released

*Dates are approximate and subject to change.

  1. Start the Process

    1. Research the Couples and Family Therapy program to see if it’s right for you.
    2. Review Admissions Dates & Deadlines
      • Applying by the application deadline ensures consideration for the Couples and Family Therapy cohort and institutional aid scholarships.

    Attend An Info Session

    This is an opportunity learn about our program and gain insights into the admissions process as well as connect with our faculty/staff and get your questions answered.

  2. STEP 2

    Begin Your Application

    Once you start an application you will be able to save your progress and will not have to complete it all at once.

    The Couples and Family Therapy (MACFT) application includes the following elements:

    1. Essay
      • A 1,000-1,250-word personal statement, with the word count displayed, that addresses all of the following:
        • Personal, professional and academic history and how they have led to your decision to become a couples and family therapist.
        • How a degree in couples and family therapy will help you to reach your professional goals.
        • The ways in which social justice and becoming a culturally responsive couples and family therapist align with your professional interests (you may include experience, education/training and interest in working with culturally diverse populations).
        • Reasons for wanting to study at Seattle University's Couples and Family Therapy program.
        • You may explain any special circumstances in your background and/or history and elaborate on any distinctive abilities or achievements.
        • Craft a compelling essay that blends personal experiences with your understanding of systemic therapy. Address all questions thoroughly, showcase familiarity with the MACFT program and illustrate your commitment to becoming an anti-racist therapist. Avoid solely recounting personal history, neglecting relational client aspirations or resorting to AI-generated content.
    2. Résumé
      • A résumé reflecting professional and/or volunteer experiences in the helping field (e.g., social service, education, faith-based organizations).
    3. Recommendation Forms and Letters
      • Two or three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources (e.g., supervisor, professor).
      • At least one should be from a person who can speak to your ability to work with diverse populations.
      • Once you've started your application, you will add their email address and they will receive a link to the evaluation form.
      • Request that recommenders follow directions they receive via email to fill out the form and submit a letter.
    4. Bachelor’s Degree
      • Evidence of a four-year equivalent bachelor's degree, preferably in a liberal arts area, from a regionally accredited institution.
      • Minimum of 3.00 GPA
      • As calculated from the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor’s degree.
      • Applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA may apply and may be considered for probationary admission.
    5. Official Transcripts
      • Submit official transcripts from the last two years of the baccalaureate degree and any post-baccalaureate coursework to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
      • Transcripts may be mailed or submitted electronically to
      • Applicants may be accepted to the program with unofficial transcripts. Once accepted to the program, students will need to submit official transcripts within their first quarter of enrollment.

    Start Your Application Today

    You will be able to save your progress while completing your application and will not have to complete it all at once.

  3. STEP 3

    Finish Your Application

    1. Submit your application
      • Make sure you hit “Submit” on your application.
      • Submitted applications are only considered complete once all application materials have been received including your recommendation forms and letters.
    2. Group Interview
      • If selected, you will receive an email invitation to a group interview Couples and Family Therapy faculty and staff.
  4. Check Your Application Status

    1. Check Your Status
      • You can login here to check the status of your application anytime.
    2. Monitor your email
      • Make sure to regularly check the email you listed on your application for updates, including your admission decision.
      • Applicants should review the application timeline for information on when to expect an admission decision.
  5. STEP 5

    Once Admitted

    1. Submit Official Transcripts
      • If you submitted unofficial transcripts with your application, official transcripts need to be sent electronically ( or via mail to Graduate Admissions.
    2. Tuition Deposit
      • Upon admission, this program requires a non-refundable deposit to confirm your space in the cohort. The deposit will be applied toward your first quarter tuition bill.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the program or application, we’re here to help!

Ashley Miller

Senior Admissions Counselor

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