The program follows a cohort system, and all applicants start in the fall and follow a cohort model (cohorts take all courses together). Due to the cohort model, the program does not allow for potential applicants from other programs to take courses. All applicants are expected to apply by the deadline and participate in an interview to be considered for acceptance. For full admission, the applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Applications are due by February 1.
Admission materials must include:
- A completed online application, including the $40 application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Catalog descriptions of graduate coursework for transfer credit
- Three letters of recommendation
- Invited interview with MFT faculty
- *A personal statement
- **A response to the prompt below
An interview is scheduled in the Spring of each year. Upon completion of their admission file, potential applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they are invited to the interview. Following the interview, students will be notified of application status within two weeks.
*Provide a 1000 word autobiographical statement, answering the following prompts:
- Reasons for wanting to become a marriage and family therapist;
- Reasons for applying to the Converse MMFT program;
- Personal history and how it has led to your decision;
- Professional history and how it has led to your decision;
- Professional goals;
- Personal characteristics that will contribute to your being a good family
- Response to the Converse University mission statement: The mission of the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy is to train clinically skilled and culturally competent systemic marriage and family therapists who can practice effectively and ethically in a wide variety of settings. We value diversity in our faculty, students, and the client population we serve. Our definition of diversity includes, but is not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, physical status, and geographical location. We are committed to creating a learning environment in which the accompanying values, beliefs, traditions, and symbols of diverse cultures are respected and cultivated.
**Provide a 750-word response to the following prompt: Define general systems theory and connect your definition to your own family system or a family system showcased in popular media (tv, movies, books, etc.). The purpose of this response is to demonstrate your ability to reflect on a basic tenant of the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and connect the theory to yourself or another family system.