College of Education and Human Services

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Application Deadlines
The program will only admit new students in the Fall semester effective Fall of 2016. The program has two application deadlines for the academic year. Prospective students should submit their application materials by January 15th to ensure review for Fall admission.  The program will consider applications submitted by April 1st provided there is still space available in the Fall cohort.

Students may be admitted on a full or part-time basis; however, students must follow the sequenced program plan of courses.

Candidates who have completed some graduate credits would need to have their graduate transcript and syllabi reviewed to determine if any of their courses are applicable to the program. A maximum of eighteen credits can be accepted, according to department guidelines, for advanced standing at the master's level. Courses accepted towards the Masters program from other universities must be approved by the program director and/or admissions committee.

Non Matriculated Students: Students who are interested in the program can also take up to 3 Master's courses (a total of 9 credits) as a non matriculated student. Please discuss this option with the Program Director. Taking courses as a non matriculated student does not guarantee admission into the program.

When Will You Make a Decision on My Application?

M.S. applications are reviewed by the Program Faculty from January 20th to February 15th, and selected candidates are invited for mandatory personal group interviews in March and April. Candidates' applications, including interviews, are then reviewed by Program Faculty. There are three outcomes: Acceptance, Conditional acceptance (such as pending GRE score submission, etc.), and Not accepted.

Additional Required Documents

  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Graduate Records Exam scores. Scores need to be from tests completed within the last 5 years.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a former professor
  • Personal statement including professional goals and description of interest in the MFT profession.
    Your personal statement should also describe the personal and professional experiences that will influence your training and development as a Marriage/Couple and Family Therapist (in 1000 words or less).
  • A resume
  • A personal group interview
  • $75 application fee

Admissions Criteria and Prerequisites

Students admitted to the M.S. program are expected to have completed the prerequisites of CPSY 6105 Biological bases of Behavior/Physiological Psychology (or a biology course, including a focus on human anatomy and the nervous system) and CPSY 7515 Social Psychology, or these may be taken during the course of study.

Generally, candidates for admission to the Masters program have earned their undergraduate degree in psychology or in a related area (i.e., sociology) although other undergraduate majors are also considered. Applications are considered based on all submitted documents as well as the personal group interview.

Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. GRE Scores of 140 or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and 3.5 or higher on the Writing Section are preferred. Writing samples may be submitted to demonstrate writing ability but are not required for admission.


Program Director:
Ben Beitin, Ph.D.

(973) 761-9451

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