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Graduate School Admissions

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

Fall 2014 admissions dates
Application deadline: January 15, 2014
Faculty will begin reviewing completed applications: January 17, 2014

Application Requirements

To receive priority consideration for admission, the application form and all supporting materials must be received by the Lewis & Clark Graduate Admissions office on or before the published application deadlines.

The following items are required for the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program application.


  1. Application Form
    You may use our online application or our paper application(pdf.). You may also contact the Graduate Office of Admissions to receive an application packet by mail.

  2. Application Fee
    A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. Online application: the fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Paper application: submit a check payable to “Lewis & Clark College”. Alumni of the graduate school will have the opportunity to request an application fee waiver.

  3. Personal Essay
    Download our Personal Essay form (pdf.) for the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy essay topics and instructions. Your essay may be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application) or in paper format (hand delivered, mailed or faxed) and may be single-spaced or double-spaced.

  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
    We require letters from three individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted.

    How to submit your letters
    If you choose to submit the online application you must use the included online letter of recommendation process (no exceptions). You will be able to manage your letters of recommendation online. The online letter of recommendation process is imbedded in the online application form managed by a third party vendor. The link to the online letter of recommendation process will be emailed to your letter writers.

    If you prefer to use our paper application, you will use our paper Recommendation for Admission form (.pdf).

  5. Official Transcripts
    Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or the foreign equivalent. One official, sealed transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. Faxed transcripts are not considered official by the Graduate School. Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to Information for International Students.

  6. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    All applicants must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. A minimum of 3.4 GPA is required for those students who graduated from an institution using a 5.0 scale.

  7. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Also include any volunteer work or other professionally related experiences.


Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of completed applications.


Application files for all Counseling Psychology programs are kept for one year. If reapplying for the following year, you will need to submit a new application form and the $50 application fee. If you would like us to use the essay(s), resume, and/or letters of recommendation that were submitted with your old application please notify us of this in writing. If you wish to submit new essays, resume, or letters, send these in with your new application form. The Admissions office will notify you of any additional required documentation. If you are reapplying more than a year from your previous application, you will need to resubmit all required application materials. 

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