Admission

As a practice, the School of Education takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We assess each applicant with balanced consideration, looking at their life experiences, personal attributes, and academic metrics. We also evaluate how applicants may contribute to the school and to their chosen field.


The School of Education has application requirements that pertain to all students and certain programs. Please refer to the sections below for information about your program’s requirements.

  1. Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
  2. One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
  3. Applicants must have earned their bachelor's and/or masters' degrees from a regionally accredited institution. They must provide a background of academic preparation and/or professional experience that demonstrates their ability to pursue graduate level programs.
  4. MA and Credential applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.75; Doctoral applicants: Minimum GPA of 3.0 from a graduate program
  5. Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
  6. Current résumé.
  7. A Statement of Intent — Articulate your knowledge and interest in the field, connection to our social justice mission, and a rationale for wanting to attend the USF MFT program (2-4 pages double-spaced).

International Applicants Must Also Submit:

  • Copy of passing scores for one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). Passing scores are listed below. Please refer to the Graduate Admission website for exceptions to the required international applicant testing and additional information.
  • TOEFL* (Note: The USF TOEFL code is 4850.) - 580 (paper test) or 92 with no sub score lower than 20 (Internet-based test) for master's applicants, 600 (paper test) or 100 with no sub score lower than 20 (Internet-based test) for doctoral applicants
  • IELTS - 7.0 for master's applicants and doctoral applicants
  • PTE - 62 for master's applicants, 68 for doctoral applicants
  • Certificate of Finances

Please visit our International Student page for more information.

Admission Process

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at the University of San Francisco (USF) has a two part sequential admissions process which includes (1) the screening of applications and (2) an in-person group interview for applicants who have been selected from the initial screening.

Screening of Applications

MFT faculty review applications to determine who to invite for an in-person campus interview. This is based on the following considerations:

  • Psychology (or related field such as sociology, education, etc.,) course work or major (desirable)
  • Clinical, counseling, mental health, or community-based work or volunteer experience
  • Graduate level writing skills
  • Strong personal statement (3-5 pages double-spaced) articulates: knowledge and interest in the field, connection to our social justice mission, and a rationale for wanting to attend the USF MFT program
  • Professional references from individuals in a related field and speak to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a graduate program. References speaking to an individual’s academic capacity, as well as therapeutic potential are desirable. Personal references, including references from one’s personal therapist, are discouraged.
  • GPA above 2.75. GPAs below this standard are considered, but candidates must address and explain their low GPA in their personal statement.
Campus Interview

Individuals who meet our criteria during the screening process are invited for an in-person group interview at the San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, and San Jose campuses depending on which campus the applicant applied. If attendance to a group interview is not possible due to financial or personal circumstances, arrangements can be made for an online or phone interview, though in-person interviews are strongly encouraged. Group interviews are conducted 2-4 times a month.

The group interview is facilitated by at least one MFT faculty member and participants are evaluated based on the following:

  • Dedication to our social justice mission
  • Multicultural awareness and worldview
  • Ability to interact appropriately in a group
  • Professionalism
  • Fit with the field and the MFT program’s mission
  • Clear professional goals
  • Knowledge of the MFT program and USF
Admissions Timeline

February 1: Priority deadline for MFT applications for Fall term.
October 15: Priority deadline for MFT application for the San Francisco campus Spring term.

The MFT faculty admissions committee review applications on a rolling basis and make every effort to inform candidates if they have an interview within 1-2 weeks of receiving a complete application (two letters of reference, resume, statement, application). Following an interview, a decision will be sent to the applicant within 2 weeks.

Applications will continue to be reviewed pending space in the program.