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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 3, 2021 with a programs start date of fall 2021.

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 3, 2021  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 graduateeducation@slu.edu.

Our program office and email cannot accept transcripts.

 Application Materials for the M.A. Program:

      SLU application online form

  • Transcripts (official copy)
  • Copy of resume or CV- Please provide a copy of an updated resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your accomplishments and character
  • Personal Goal Statement: Please answer the following three questions (no more than 3 double spaced pages)
    • Why do you want to obtain a degree in MFT?
    • How will this program fit into your future professional goals/vision?
    • What personal aspects make you a good therapist?

 Application Materials for the Ph.D Program:

   SLU application online form:

  • Transcripts (official copy)
  • Copy of resume or CV- Please provide a copy of an updated resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your accomplishments and character
  • Personal Goal Statement: Please answer the following three questions (no more than 3 double spaced pages)
    • Why do you want to obtain a degree in Medical Family Therapy?
    • How will this program fit into your future professional goals/vision?
    • What research and clinical skills would you like to further develop in this program?
    • Writing Sample: Please submit a copy of a writing sample from your master’s program that represent a quality piece of writing (can be a course assignment, article or master’s thesis).
Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package
Fall: Jan. 3 (International: Jan. 3) 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

 

2021 Admissions Interviews

We are accepting applications for both degree programs (M.A. and Ph.D.) until January 3, 2021 with a program start date of fall 2021. Interviews for applicants will January 29th for the M.A. program and February 1st for the Ph.D. Program. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be conducting virtual interviews for both programs. The program is also waiving the GRE requirement for the 2020-2021 interviews.  If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Coordinator, Mary Donjon, at mary.donjon@health.slu.edu 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 mft@health.slu.edu 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

Recruitment

The program reaches out to prospective students in several ways. Our goal is to attract quality students in both programs that can help achieve the mission, program goals and student learning outcomes of the program. We also want to develop strong clinicians in the M.A. program and research-informed clinicians in the Ph.D. program to contribute knowledge and skills in the field. Faculty and students both take part in yearly recruitment opportunities to talk with prospective students about both programs.