Admissions Criteria

PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Completed Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Masters of Counseling, or Master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college, university, or seminary.
  • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Interview with the Marriage and Family Doctoral Programs Admissions Committee.
  • Completed application packet, including: official Transcripts- official transcripts must be submitted from all institutions of higher education that the applicant attended; resume/curriculum vitae; two essays (see below); the Disclosure of Online Learning Expectations (DOLE) form; three letters of recommendation (see the Reference Form to accompany all letters of recommendation); $75 application fee.
  • Statement of Purpose: A four to six-page essay addressing how the program goals coincide with the student's personal and professional objectives. The essay will be evaluated on the basis of content, presentation, and evidence of doctoral-level writing ability.
  • Statement of Faith: A four to six-page descriptive, analytical essay focusing on how you have been impacted by your family of origin (positively and/or negatively) and how your faith journey has informed your understanding of yourself as a professional. This essay will be evaluated based on content, presentation, and evidence of doctoral-level writing ability.

Application Schedule:

  • Complete applications are due by January 15, 2018 for the May 2018 cohort.
  • Admissions decision will be issued by March 30 for the May 2018 cohort.
  • Early applications for the May 2019 cohort are due by October 31, 2018.

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