Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy
Now accepting applications for Fall 2023
Application deadline: January 9, 2023
Most applicants hold degrees in psychology, family and human development, or related fields; however, applicants with other backgrounds will be considered. Applicants who do not have at least 12 semester units of prior coursework related to human behavior may be required to add additional courses to their program of study.
To receive priority consideration for admission to the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program, the application form and all supporting materials must be received by the Lewis & Clark Graduate Admissions office on or before the published application deadline.
Lewis & Clark uses an online application. 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 college and university registrar offices.
A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. The fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni and employees of Lewis & Clark and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special service programs are also eligible for a waiver. Go to this page for more information about the fee waiver process.
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 is submitted electronically as part of the online application.
- 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
Applicants will provide contact information for their references within the application. An email will be sent by our office to those references with a form they need to complete on the applicant’s behalf in addition to attaching their letter of recommendation.
Applicants must hold or be in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) 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 or emailed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the Transcripts website.
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. If your GPA falls below the minimum, you will be required submit a letter of explanation with your application materials.
Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. 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. Interviews for Fall 2023 applications are scheduled for February 11th and March 4th.
Admitted applicants will be required to confirm their intent to enroll and pay a (non-refundable) $100 tuition deposit to secure a spot in the program. The tuition deposit will be credited toward the student’s first term of enrollment.
Application files for all Counseling, Therapy, and School 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.