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The Medical Family Therapy Program offers both a master and doctoral degree program. We offer a Master's degree in Couple and Family Therapy and a Doctoral degree in Medical Family Therapy. To apply for admission into the Medical Family Therapy degree programs (Ph.D. or M.A.) please proceed to the Office of Admission at Saint Louis University Graduate Admission.

Medical Family Therapy Program


We will now be accepting applications for both degree programs (M.A. and Ph.D.) until January 15, 2020 with a programs start date of fall 2020.

Apply to the Program in Three Easy Steps

  • To apply for admission into the Medical Family Therapy degree programs (Ph.D. or M.A.) please proceed to the Office of Admission at Saint Louis University Graduate Admission.
  • Under "Started your Application?" click the Log In link for Graduate Programs.
  • Click "Getting started" to create your application/applicant account.

You may check the status of your application at any point during the admissions process (including which documents have/have not been uploaded and admission decisions) by using the portal you create to submit the application (your checklist).

Degree-Seeking Application Information 

The department has one admissions review period per year with an application deadline of January 15, 2020  for an expected fall entry term.  After an initial screening, applicants may be invited to campus for group and individual interviews with program faculty. Admission recommendations are made after the interviews and when all application documents have been received by the Graduate Education Admission Office: transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, resume, and a professional goal statement.   Doctoral applicants are also required to submit a  Scholarship Sample (e.g., Thesis, Manuscript, Journal article).

Please send your transcripts to:

SLU Graduate Admissions, 1 N Grad Blvd, DuBourg Hall - Room 450, St Louis, MO, 63103 or electronically can be sent to

Our program office and email cannot accept transcripts.

Professional Goal Statement 

We are looking for a one-to-two page document that answers some simple questions: Why do you want to obtain a degree in MedFT or MFT?  How will this program fit into your future professional goals/vision? Feel free to expand as much as you like!

GRE Scores

Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing.  The GRE Institute Code to use for Saint Louis University is: 6629.

Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package
Fall: Jan. 15 (International: Jan. 15) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Interview, Writing Sample (Ph.D.)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance


2020 Admissions Interviews

Our program will hold admissions interviews on Monday, February 3 (M.A.) and Friday, February 7 (Ph.D.).  Once the application deadline has been reached (January 15, 2020), we will review applications and send invitations for interviews to selected candidates by January 10.  Not everyone who sends in an application will receive an interview invitation.  If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Coordinator, Mary Donjon, at or (314) 977-7108.  Please note, the Admissions Coordinator cannot give out any specific information as to why invitations are/are not given. 

Graduate Assistantships

The department has a limited number of assistantships to be awarded for each academic year.  The graduate assistantship application deadline is January 15, 2020. 

View the graduate assistantship application

To request additional information, please contact the department at or call Mary Donjon at 314-977-7108.

Upon admission and prior to beginning clinical training students are required to have a criminal background check through the University's Office of Clinical Education Compliance.

Transfer Students

Transfer Student Admission - Saint Louis University

The Medical Family Therapy Program (M.A. and Ph.D.) will accept 12 transferred credit hours.  This includes students transferring into the program and current students taking courses outside the program.

If you are a current student and need to transfer in credit hours taken at another University, please fill out the form linked below.  Please make sure you have spoken with your advisor about this prior to petition submission.

Petition for Transfer of Graduate Credit