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Admissions Requirements

CAHSS accepts applications to the doctoral programs from any person who possesses, or is in the process of completing a master's degree from a regionally accredited university. Doctoral applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their master's program. Applicants must possess a master's degree before beginning doctoral studies.

The Department of Family Therapy faculty, carefully consider a number of factors when choosing applicants for the doctoral programs including: knowledge of systemic theory as it relates to various approaches of family therapy, level of prior clinical experience, evidence of commitment to advanced graduate training in the social sciences, interpersonal style, prior graduate GPA, and professional English writing skills.

  1. Complete online application form.
  2. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree.  Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence.  Please visit www.naces.org for a list of authorized companies.
  3. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher.
  4. Please briefly explain (500 word minimum) tell us why are interested in the program to which you are applying for, as well as your professional goals, your assessment of your abilities to manage the challenges of graduate school, and any other information you would like to provide.  The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in review of your course grades and other objective information.  It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized and succinct manner.
  5. A sample of your academic writing.  You may submit a copy of an academic paper or piece of professional writing. There is no specific length requirement.
  6. Three academic or professional letters of recommendation.
  7. A resume or curriculum vitae.
  8. English proficiency score (if applicable).
  9. An interview may be required for admission to the program.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet the program admissions criteria. The courses that may be transferred into the program will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content, and rigor to those within the M.S. in D.M.F.T. program.

International Students

Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score =550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79. A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.


Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by contacting one of the companies at www.naces.org. International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by emailing International Students or visiting the International Students webpage.

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