Admission to the Program

Admission is selective. Strong applications will articulate a knowledge of the profession, experience that indicates an understanding of the benefits and challenges of being in the helping profession, and the ability to provide anti-racist and culturally attuned therapy.  

The program is a cohort model and starts each fall.

Application Deadlines for Fall 2023

Applications are due January 15, 2023.

MACFT Application Checklist

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission
  • Transcripts from the last two years of the baccalaureate degree (60 graded semester/90 graded quarter credits) and any post-baccalaureate course work. Evidence of a four-year equivalent bachelor's degree, preferably in a liberal arts area, from a regionally accredited institution
  • 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
  • Resume reflecting professional and/or volunteer experiences in the helping field (e.g., social service, education, faith-based organizations)
  • 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. Recommendation forms are provided electronically through the application. Request that recommenders fill out the form and submit a letter. 
  • A 1000-1250 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;
    • 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; and 
    • you may explain any special circumstances in your background and/or history and elaborate on any distinctive abilities or achievements.
  • A group interview with MACFT faculty and staff, if selected.
  • If English is not the applicant's native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the University's entrance requirements are necessary. See policy 2008-01 in Admissions Policies for exceptions. 

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