Marital and Family Therapy Requirements


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Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Students applying to the Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy (post-Bachelor's) program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay - Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 750 words).
    • The field of Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) focuses on psychology as it relates to an individual's relationships and the influences on his / her systems. In MFT settings you will likely assist individuals from diverse backgrounds in a variety of different contexts. Please tell us reasons why you want to receive your Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy. Include what your career aspirations are and some of the challenges you might encounter when working with diverse individuals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
  • Previous Coursework
    • Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in a mental health field from a regionally accredited institution. Students must have successfully completed at least one undergraduate course in psychology with a grade of "B" of higher.

Students applying to the Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy (post-Master's) program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay - Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 750 words).
    • The field of Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) focuses on psychology as it relates to an individual's relationships and the influences on his / her systems. In MFT settings you will likely assist individuals from diverse backgrounds in a variety of different contexts. Please tell us reasons why you want to receive your Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy. Include what your career aspirations are and some of the challenges you might encounter when working with diverse individuals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
  • Previous Coursework
    • Applicants must have a master's degree in mental health counseling that is license eligible. These would include Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT license), Clinical Social Work (LCSW license) and Professional Counseling (LPC license). Exceptions may be made if the master's program prepared students for clinical work and included a clinical practicum. (effective Fall 2011)