Info Session/Admission Overview

The MFT Department encourages prospective applicants to review the Program’s website materials, MFT Admission Requirements, Application Process, Program Coast, and University’s departments and resources. We invite prospective applicants to attend our free information sessions to learn more and ask questions about the MFT Program and admissions.

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MFT Application Requirements and Process

Fall Application
Application OpensOctober 1st
Application DeadlinesFebruary 1st

Step 1: Meet all minimum Admissions Requirements
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or University.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better in the most recent 60-semester units of upper-division course work undertaken as a student.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses prior to applying to the program.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination General Aptitude (GRE) Test; an average GPA of 3.5 or attainment of a previous master’s degree waives this requirement.
Step 2: Complete a Cal State Apply Application online

* non-refundable fee $70 at the time of submission.
* The MFT Program provides detailed application instructions in the Cal State Apply Application.

Applicants must apply to the University (Cal State Apply), including the Department of Marital and Family Therapy Supplemental Application. The MFT Department requires the following credentials and materials of all applicants to the MFT Program at CSUDH:

  • Personal Statement /Autobiographical Essay – address your educational/personal experiences, interest/knowledge in the field of MFT, career objectives and other areas of interest.
  • Writing Sample - select from 1 of 4 writing prompts provided in Cal State Apply to assess applicants’ written skills.
  • Three (3) electronic letters of recommendation addressed to the MFT Admissions Committee on letterhead with the recommender’s signature.
    • At least two letters must be from a University or College professor who can attest to your ability to perform at the graduate level.
    • Applicants out of school for a substantial period can elect to submit letters from an employer or someone in the mental health-related field that can speak to your ability to perform at the graduate level.
    • Additional letters may be included but are not required.
    • Do not submit your Cal State Apply Application until your (3) recommenders save their letters on Cal State Apply; the MFT department will not process applications without the letters of recommendation.
  • Professional CV/Resume – applicants at a minimum, should include objective, education in reverse chronological order, professionals experience, and relevant skills.
  • GRE Test Score (if applicable).
More detailed instructions and prompts are stated in the Cal State Apply Application online.
Step 3: Submit all official transcripts from all institutions attended to the University
Transcripts must be mailed or delivered to:
CSUDH Admissions and Records Office
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

If you are sending e-transcripts to the University, please note that for it to be considered official, your institution must send them directly to

Step 4: Interview with the Admission Committee upon invitation
  • The MFT Department hosts prospective student interviews in a group format designed to emulate a typical classroom experience that will enable faculty to evaluate whether applicants’ educational goals are congruent with the Program’s mission.
  • The MFT Department strongly encourages all applicants to self-reflect about the group interview that can serve as essential data in the decision-making process about the Program’s fit with their goals.
Step 5: Admission Decision
  • Once the Program accepts or declines an applicant for Program admissions, the University’s Office of Enrollment sends the official letter.
  • When the applicant accepts the University’s offer, The MFT Department’s Chair and Administrative Support Assistant can communicate and engage admitted students about orientation and other program-related needs.

Please note that the MFT Program actively considers the diversity of each class and makes an intentional effort to create both qualified and diverse cohorts via ongoing recruitment, regionally and nationally, events at academic and non-academic institutions and organizations by various faculty and staff. The MFT program’s Plan of Study includes curricula and training specifically designed to highlight diversity at content and process levels, notably around contextual differences, intersectionality power inequities, and privilege.