Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy
Fall 2016 admissions dates
Application deadline: January 15, 2016
Faculty will begin reviewing completed applications: January 17, 2016
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.
NOTE: THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY TESTS FOR ADMISSION.
Lewis & Clark uses an online application which is managed by a third party vendor. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. However, transcripts must be sent directly to the graduate school. We will accept official e-transcripts sent by colleges and university registrar offices.
A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. Online application: the fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni of Lewis & Clark graduate school and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver.
Personal Essay: Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy
Applicants to the MA in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program must submit an essay that addresses all of the topics listed see below. Your essay should be approximately 500 words in length and may be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application) or in paper format (hand delivered, mailed or faxed).
- What led to your desire to become a marriage, couple, and family therapist?
- Why are you specifically interested in Lewis & Clark’s Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program?
- What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to the learning community?
- How do you think you will contribute in the field upon completing your degree?
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
The online application includes the letter of recommendation process. 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.
Applicants must hold or be in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or the foreign equivalent. One official transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. This includes all college level credit earned while in high school or participating in study abroad programs. Failure to submit official copies of all transcripts may result in the withholding of your application for consideration. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” will not be considered official.
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 International Applicants.
How to Submit Transcripts
Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from each postsecondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed, emailed or faxed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing/email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
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.
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.