MACFT Admission Info & Resources

Admission Requirements, MACFT-specific

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in a liberal arts area
  • 3.00 GPA
  • Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores, if undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or below.
  • Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country or immigration status.

Application Materials to be submitted 

  • Download the STM MACFT Application Checklist
  • Application forms and fee (apply online, here)
  • Résumé reflecting professional and/or volunteer experiences in the helping field (e.g., social service, education, or ministry)
  • Two 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.)
  • Official transcripts of all previously attended colleges and universities
  • A 1000-1250 word personal statement 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;
    • professional and career goals and how a degree in spiritually-integrated 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;
    • 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 the Admissions Committee at the School of Theology and Ministry

Please note: Admission is selective, and candidates are evaluated on their individual merits. Strong applications will demonstrate knowledge of the profession, experience that indicates an understanding of the strengths and challenges of being in the helping profession, and an appreciation of diversity.

Successful Transfer of Credit

Accepted students may petition to transfer up to 24 graduate credits from a regionally accredited institution. If you have an accredited Master of Divinity degree or other advanced theological degree, we may be able to waive up to 21 theology and elective credits required for the MACFT degree. These credits would be evaluated by the associate dean after admission acceptance. All work toward a degree from Seattle University must be completed within six years. This time limit includes transfer credit.

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