HOW TO APPLY

Deadline and Application Timeline

Application deadlineJanuary 31
Interview notificationMid-February through end of April
Interview dateTo be arranged
Non-refundable enrollment deposit dueWithin three weeks of acceptance date
Classes beginEarly September

Application Process

Applications are processed through GradCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs. All official transcripts must be submitted to GradCAS, not PLU.

  • Create your application portal account (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox)
  • Select the following items to start
    • Term – Select the term you plan to start
    • Institution – Type Pacific Lutheran University in the Search field or use the Filters to search
    • Program – Select and add the program Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Complete all required application questions.

(Visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center for questions about the application portal)

Recommendations

  • Identify two references on your application. Academic recommendations are encouraged.
  • Your references will receive an email invitation from gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com with instructions for completing the reference electronically.
  • If your recommenders need assistance, please visit the Letters by Liaison Help Center.

Resume

Upload resume via the application portal that includes your:

  • Employment history
  • Significant academic, professional and community achievements
  • Honors and awards

Personal Statement

  • Upload personal statement via the application portal.
  • The statement should be no longer than a total of 5 double-spaced pages. You 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?

Application Fee

  • Pay the nonrefundable $55 application fee.

(Note: If you need to submit additional documents after submitting the online application, you can email them to gradadmission@plu.edu)

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts must be sent to GradCAS from all US and English-Speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the College Attended section of your application.
  • Official international and French Canadian transcripts must be sent to PLU Graduate Admission Office.
  • PLU graduates do not need to submit PLU transcripts.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending official transcripts.

Sending Transcripts Electronically

  • GradCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail. GradCAS cannot accept transcripts sent via email.
  • When selecting the recipient, choose Educational organization, and then select GradCAS.
  • Include your full GradCAS ID number when entering the GradCAS mailing address.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending electronic transcripts

Sending Transcripts by Mail

Download and print the Transcript Request Form under each school you listed in the College Attended section of your application. Send the Transcript Request Form to your school.

Your registrar should mail your paper transcript to the following address:

GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471

In addition to the documents listed in the above sections, international applicants also submit the following materials:

  • International transcripts Evaluation – Transcripts from institutions outside the US must be evaluated by one of the following two agencies for course-by-course conversion and an overall GPA calculation. Evaluation report along with the certified copy of your transcripts must be mailed directly to GradCAS by the evaluation agency.
  • English translation is also required if the documents are in a language other than English. Translation must be provided by recognized translation services.
  • Proof of English proficiency
    • IELTS or TOEFL Minimum TOEFL-iBT score of 80 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
    • TOFEL scores must be mailed to PLU directly from the testing institution. The institution code for PLU is 4597.
    • We can accept a copy of an IELTS score report as we can verify with the testing agency.

In order to be sent a form I-20, admitted international students must:

  • Pay the enrollment deposit
  • Submit a Passport picture page
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and Proof of financial support dated within 12 months.

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

If you or your recommenders have any questions or technical problems with the online application portal and recommendation process, status, navigation, missing credentials, etc., please visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center, or contact GradCAS Customer Service at: (857) 304-2042 or gradcasinfo@liaisoncas.com