Admission to the Program

Admission is selective. Strong applications will demonstrate knowledge of the MFT profession, experience in the helping profession, appreciation of diversity, and openness to grow through formative feedback and experience. 

The program is a cohort model and starts each fall.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022

January 15, 2022 to be considered for the February Group Interview

April 15, 2022 to be considered for the May Group Interview

Application Requirements

  • Complete the graduate application form online here. Seattle University has waived the $55 application fee through Fall 2022.
  • Official transcripts from the last two years (60 graded semester/90 graded quarter credits) and any post-baccalaureate course work. Evidence of a four-year equivalent bachelor's degree 
    • Minimum 3.00 GPA in the last 60 graded semester/90 graded quarter credits. Applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA may apply and may be considered for probationary admission.
  • Résumé reflecting professional and/or volunteer experiences in the helping field (e.g., social service, education, ministry). 
  • 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. (Note: Recommendation forms are provided electronically through the application). 
  • A 1,000-1,250 word personal statement that addressing all of the following: 
    • personal, professional, and academic history and how they have led to your decision to become a couples and family therapist; 
    • professional and career goals; 
    • how a degree in couples and family therapy will help you to reach those goals;
    • 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 and spiritually diverse populations); 
    • reasons for wanting to study at Seattle University's Couples and Family Therapy program; and 
    • you may explain any special circumstances in your background and/or history and elaborate on any distinctive abilities or achievements. 
  • If selected: a group interview with MACFT faculty and staff.
  • Completion of a background check in your current state of residence. The Affiliation Agreements between internship training sites and Seattle University require the University to obtain criminal history background checks on Seattle University students who will provide direct services, or have unsupervised access to, or direct contact with, children under sixteen (16) years of age, vulnerable adults as defined under RCW 43.43.830, and developmentally disabled individuals. More information will be provided once an application is submitted and must be completed before you are accepted to interview. 
  • Graduate and post baccalaureate applicants who received a baccalaureate degree or higher from Seattle University or a recognized college or university in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Bahamas, Jamaica, Kenya, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago will not be required to submit English proficiency test scores. Students earning a degree in a country other than those listed above may provide official documentation from the degree- granting institution verifying that all instruction was in English. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the university is required. English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 86 (IBT), or the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 6.0; PTE score of 63; or Duolingo score of 110.

Successful Transfer of Credit

Accepted students may petition to transfer up to 10 graduate credits from a regionally accredited institution (i.e., previous work from a systemic therapy-related degree). These credits would be evaluated by the Program Director after admission acceptance. All work toward a degree from Seattle University must be completed within six years. This time limit includes transfer credit.

Questions about the program?

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