Department ofMarriage & Family Therapy

Application Requirements, Procedures, and Deadlines/Timelines


Application Materials Due: January 31
Interview Notification: Mid-February through end of April
Interview Date: To be arranged
Advance Deposit: Within three weeks of acceptance date
Classes begin: Early September

Application Requirements

Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Family Studies, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or the equivalent; If candidates do not hold a Bachelor’s in the above fields, then 15 semester hours  (or 22.5 quarter hours) in Family Studies, Human Services, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or the equivalent.

Please note:  The GRE is not required for your application to the PLU MFT program.

How to apply

Step one - create your application account: Create your application account and pay the nonrefundable $40 application fee via our application portal. Make sure to record your login and pin!

Step two - submit all required supporting items below:

Enter two references via the online application portal. This will send an email notification to your recommenders to follow a link and submit their letters of recommendation. Academic recommendations are encouraged.

Official transcripts: Have official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent to Graduate Studies. We accept and prefer electronic delivery of official transcripts. Have them sent to If the college or university does not offer electronic delivery, please have them mail your transcripts to: Graduate Programs, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue S Tacoma, WA 98447. Students applying with degrees from institutions outside the US must submit a  course-by-course evaluation for US degree equivalency by a PLU approved evaluation service. Two approved providers are Foreign Credential Translation and Evaluation Services (FIS) and World Education Services (WES).

Resume: Upload your resume via the online application portal that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements; honors and awards. You may also do this after you submit your application by emailing it as an attachment to

Comprehensive career statement: Upload a career statement via the online application portal. The statement should be no longer than a total of 5 double-spaced pages. You may also do this after you submit your application by emailing it as an attachment to

  • Your statement should address the following questions:
    What significant cultural experiences have most influenced your present development and your desire to be a couple and family therapist?
    What are your professional career goals after completing your degree?What are your strengths that will help you achieve your professional goals?
    What do you consider to be areas for personal growth that may need the most attention during your training as a therapist at PLU?

Interview (if invited): Once the applications are reviewed, candidates advancing to the next stage of review will be invited to an interview appointment.

In addition to the above listed application requirements, international students must provide:

IELTS or TOEFL scores. We can accept a copy of an IELTS score report, but TOFEL scores must be mailed to PLU directly from the testing institution.|

In order to be sent a form I-20, admitted international students must:
Send a copy of their passport picture page
Pay the enrollment deposit
Submit the Declaration of Finance form and proof of financial support

Acceptance to the MFT Program

A non-refundable deposit to be credited towards the first semester's tuition must accompany your acceptance of an offer of admission to the MFT program within three weeks of your acceptance date.


Please contact Graduate Programs at or by phone at 253-535-7151.