Department ofMarriage & Family Therapy


Questions & Answers

How may we help you?
A. If you do not find the answer to your question(s) here, then please contact us at 253-535-7659 or email
How long is the program?
A. The program is designed to be completed in 24-27 months.
How many students are accepted each year?
A. Typically 20 students.
When can I start the program?
A. Applicants are admitted once a year in the fall, with classes starting typically in early September.
How much does the program cost?
A. For 2013-2014, tuition for the entire program is $47,705, representing 47 semester credits at $1015 per credit. You may click here to see MFT 2013 Tuition, showing a breakdown of tuition costs by term. 
Are there scholarships I can apply for?
A. Yes, all applicants may apply for the Charles D. York and Cheryl L. Storm Graduate Scholarship, with two awards each year of $10,000.
What other forms of financial aid are available?

PLU offers:

  • competitive Graduate Fellowships--applications are only available to admitted students
  • the PLU alumni discount of 10% (to those who have a bachelor's from PLU),
  • international student scholarships (awards of $4,000 per year)
  • PLU participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for service members and their families, covering up to 100% of tuition, dependent on percentage of eligibility. 
There is also Federal financial aid (loans, loan forgiveness programs) and outside scholarships to research.  Please see our Graduate Financial Aid page for links and more information.
What is a typical schedule?
  • Fall/Spring of 1st year:  Attend classes at PLU twice a week, typically 3:00-6:20pm (currently Tuesday and Thursday).  The first year of the program is designed to make it easier for working professionals.  Students with flexible work schedules can generally work part-time or even full-time during their first two semesters. 
  • Summer of 1st year:  Classes one to three time per week, typically 3:00-6:20pm; internship may begin at on-campus clinic, 20-25 hours per week. Students work together in co-therapy teams for extra support and will meet in pairs on a weekly basis for two hours. 
  • Fall/Spring/Summer/Fall of 2nd year:  Classes typically one day a week, 12:00-6:20pm; internship continues at on-campus clinic, with the addition of internship at off-campus clinic, 20-25 hours per week.
Does PLU have an office for Veterans Affairs?
A. Yes, please click here to visit PLU's website for Veteran's Affairs.
I do not have the necessary prerequisite courses, should I take them before I apply?
A. You may apply even if you don't have all the prerequisites yet.  You must take all required prerequisites before you enter the program or they can be incorporated into your individualized program.  You will receive advisement after you apply for the program.
Is it possible to maintain a job while in the program?
A. If your job is flexible it is possible to work full-time for the first two or three semesters. During the second year of the program it can be more difficult to maintain a full-time job as you are required to fulfill 20 hours per week at your internship site along with the required classes.
Is it possible to live in Seattle while attending this program?
A. The MFT Program continues to have students who commute from the Seattle area. For the first year, it is only necessary to drive to Tacoma twice a week for classes. Once students start their practica, they will have to be on-campus at the CFTC 3-5 days a week. For the remainder of the program, students will attend class at PLU 1-2 days a week, while working at their internships 15-20 hours a week. One of our off-site internship sites is located in the Seattle area.
What kind of life experience do you need to excel in this program?
A. Besides application requirements, students should have paid or un-paid experience working with different types of people in an interactive environment. In addition, experience with diverse populations prior to entering the program increases ones ability to contribute to the classroom and practica experience.
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