To apply, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. A degree in behavioral or family sciences is preferred, but if your background is in another field, you must take (or have previously taken) an introduction to psychology and a human development course. These courses can be taken at an outside institution.
Early Decision Deadline
Priority Application Deadline
Final Application Deadline
Common Prerequisite Degrees and Courses
Behavioral/Family Sciences Bachelor’s Degrees
Child and family services
Human development and family studies
Introduction to Psychology: Common Course Titles
Introduction to Psychology
Basic Concepts in Psychology
Human Development: Common Course Titles
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Your completed application must include the following items:
Transcripts: Provide both unofficial and official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions or programs attended. You may upload unofficial transcripts to the online application, but matriculating students must submit official transcripts before the end of their first quarter.
Application Processing Center MFT@Northwestern PO Box 30096 011-001 College Station, TX 77842
Letters of recommendation: Provide at least two letters from professional or academic references who can attest to your dedication to helping others and your ability to succeed in a rigorous master’s program. If you are more than five years removed from your degree, you do not need to submit an academic letter. Those unable to access an academic reference may instead submit an addendum.
Resume/CV: Upload your current resume or curriculum vitae. Be sure to include any volunteer experiences you may have.
Statement of Purpose: Write a statement describing your interest in earning a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy online. Explain, in no more than 2 pages single-spaced, how your academic and/or professional background has prepared you to succeed in the program and how you will be an asset to the Northwestern community. In your statement, please respond to the following questions:
What personal/family experiences have influenced your interest in a career as a marriage and family therapist?
What academic and professional experiences have influenced your interest in a career as a marriage and family therapist?
What attracts you to the field of marriage and family therapy (rather than social work, counseling, or clinical psychology)?
What attracts you to the MFT@Northwestern program?
Describe a time in your life when things did not go well for you. Focus on the circumstances of this event and how you handled the associated challenges.
A diversity statement is optional but highly encouraged.
Application fee: Pay the $95 application fee by debit or credit card within the online application. Please contact an admissions counselor before submitting your priority application in order to receive an application fee waiver.
International scores: If applicable, submit your TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application.
Background check: The Family Institute at Northwestern University requires all applicants with conditional admissions to the MFT program to complete an online background check to determine criminal history. Having an adverse criminal history does not necessarily preclude admissions, as determinations are considered at a case-by-case decision. If information from the background report is utilized in whole or in part in making an adverse decision regarding admissions, prior to the decision The Family Institute will provide the applicant with a copy of the consumer report and a written description of his or her rights under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.
A group interview is a required piece of the admissions process. After your application is complete, you may be invited to participate in a peer-group interview with one faculty member and up to eight other prospective students in our online classroom.
For a successful interview, ensure you have a stable Internet connection and choose a quiet, distraction-free location.
We encourage you to apply for financial aid when you complete your online application. For more information, visit our financial aid page.