The Admission Process Overview

  • Application dates to apply for the 2023-2024 academic year  –  Application opens Sept. 1, 2022 and closes Dec. 1, 2022.

  • The GRE is not required.
  • Applicants will be notified by email if they are selected for an on-campus interview.
  • Email invitations for interviews will be sent in January.
  • Interviews for select candidates will be held in February.
  • Interviews will last several hours and will include but will not be limited to:  individual and group discussions, written response to a clinical scenario, and role plays.
  • All applicants will be notified by email regarding final admission decisions by April 1.
  • We understand that some applicants may need to respond to other program offers prior to this date. This year’s admission process will be completed as quickly as possible, but not prior to the dates already indicated.
  • Decisions will be sent by mail or email from the Graduate School. Please do not request early notification about admission decisions.
  • Please note that we anticipate having more applicants than available placements in the MFT program. Submitting an application will not guarantee placement in the MFT program
  • In our review of applicants, the MFT program does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, relationship status, gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, health status, religious or spiritual belief, religious or spiritual affiliation, or national origin. (See FAQ re UVU applicant pool)  https://www.uvu.edu/legal/non-discrimination.html 

How to Apply

To apply to the MFT program, submit a completed application to the UVU Recruit system by clicking on Apply Now.

A complete MFT application includes the following items:

  1.  UVU required demographic information including educational history
  2. Transcripts demonstrating completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  3. MFT Supplemental items, which include a curriculum vita (CV), CV Statement, Essay, Licensure Statement, and three Letters of Recommendation.  These items are described in more detail below.

 

MFT Curriculum Vita:

Applicants need to submit a copy of their current Curriculum Vita (CV).  The CV should include:

  • Educational and practical experiences related to professional helping. These experiences could include things like psychoeducation, mentoring, or volunteer work with vulnerable populations.
  • Specific experiences, skills, and/or preparation that demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse populations.

 

MFT Curriculum Vita Statement:

Applicants need to submit a 1-2 page explanation of experiences listed on the CV.  This Statement should address each of the following areas:

  • Work and professional experiences that led to an interest in MFT
  • Skills gained that will lead to success as a student in MFT
  • Interactions with diverse populations that created a foundation for training in MFT.
  • Specific interest in MFT at UVU.

MFT Essay:

Applicants need to submit a 2-3 page essay that addresses future career plans for marriage and family therapy.  This essay should address each of the following areas:

  • Potential biases that may affect your work with diverse populations.
  • How biases will be addressed so that you will be ready to work with all clients.
  • What will professional and clinical competence look like for you as an MFT
  • What clinical population you hope to work with after graduation


MFT Licensure: 

Applicants need to submit a 1-page statement that indicates an understanding of MFT licensing requirements in Utah (and any other state the applicant anticipates working in the future).  This statement should include:

  • Demonstration of understanding the licensure process and application, post-graduate supervision, and exam requirements

Letters of Recommendation:

  Applicants need to submit 3 letters of recommendation, at least 2 of which should be from individuals who are capable of describing the applicant’s educational ability. 

  • Applicants will submit Recommender Names and Email Addresses.
  • Recommenders will be asked to indicate their relationship to the applicant. Recommenders will be asked specific questions about the applicant’s academic readiness for an MFT program, ethical behavior, interpersonal skills, and potential to work with diverse clients.  Recommenders may also attach a letter in .pdf or .docx format.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Applying to the UVU MFT Program

 

What is the required GPA?

 Grade Point Average (GPA) provides one piece of information about a student's readiness for the academic load required in a graduate program.

UVU has established a minimum expectation of 3.0 for cumulative undergraduate GPA.  If an applicant's cumulative GPA doesn't meet that benchmark, the program can review the applicant's last 60 credits.  If the applicant can provide an explanation for why those 60 credits should be considered above the cumulative GPA, an exception from the university can be requested.

Please note that while students may apply to graduate school while they are completing their courses prior to graduation, the program requires that the final official transcript show degree completion with GPA above 3.0

Are there prerequisite courses?

 No. The UVU MFT Program does not require prerequisite courses.

Is there a required undergraduate major?

 No.  There is no required undergraduate major.  Undergraduate majors for our upcoming 2022 cohort are:

                                                               Most Common Majors Pie Chart

 

Is the GRE required?

 No.  The GRE is not required at this time for application into the MFT Program.  If you have taken the GRE, you are welcome to submit that information as part of your application.

What if I have been out of school for a while?

 Many of our applicants have been out of school for a while.    We find that this is a profession in which the personal and professional experiences of non-traditional students can be a significant asset.  You are eligible to apply if you have completed a bachelor's degree. 

One of the challenges faced by applicants who have been out of school for a while is finding at least two academic letters of recommendation, which are required.  These letters can be provided by anyone who has seen you in an educational environment (e.g., Teaching at a school PTA or church meeting, leading a community class). We are looking for recommendations from people who understand the rigor of a clinical graduate program and who believe you will be successful in that kind of program. You may want to consider talking with former professors who remember you and could write an excellent letter of recommendation.  You may also consider reaching out to professors who are looking for people to join their research team.  Working with a professor gives them an opportunity to write a letter describing your professionalism, dependability, interpersonal skills, and overall readiness for graduate school.

How many letters of recommendation will I need?

 You will need to provide 3 Letters of Recommendation (LOR), at least 2 of which should be from individuals who are capable of describing your educational ability.  It’s helpful to have strong LORs from people who can speak to your academic ability and clinical potential.  Some of the strongest LORs come from faculty members who have seen you during class, and also mentored you outside of class on a research project. 

You want LORs from people who can speak to your ability to be academically successful in a graduate program.  You also want LORs from people who can speak to your potential as a therapist.  Along those lines, another example of a strong LOR could be an excellent letter from a current supervisor who has observed your work in a clinical setting/RTC.  Additional letters from professors, supervisors, or colleagues who can speak to your interpersonal readiness for a clinical program are also helpful.  If one or more of your recommendations is not positive, your application will be less competitive in comparison to other applications.

What does the typical UVU applicant pool look like?

 Each of the past three years, we have reviewed about 100 applications.  From those applications, we selected around 50 candidates for a formal on-campus interview.  From those interviewed, 24 people were invited to enroll in the UVU MFT Program.

The group of applicants who were selected to enroll in the MFT Program in 2022 identified themselves with the following characteristics:

 

  Average
GPA
Gender Race/
Ethnicity

Non-
traditional
Students
(born pre
1994)

1st
Generation
Students

Utah Residency
  Total 2022
  Applicants
3.62 M = 23
F = 80
American Indian = 3
Asian = 3
Black/African American = 1 
American = 1 
Pacific Islander = 1 
White = 94 
Hispanic = 4 
Born outside of US = 4
Trad = 58 
Non = 45
30 
(29% of
total)
Residents = 89 
Non = 14
  Selected
  2022 Cohort
3.63 M = 3 
F = 21
American Indian = 2 
Asian = 2 
Black/African American = 1 
White = 18
Hispanic = 1 
Born outside of US = 1
Trad = 15 
Non = 9

(37.5% of
cohort)
Residents = 21 
Non = 3

 

                           Pie Chart Alma Mater for 2022 MFT Cohort

Can I transfer into this program from another graduate program?

Individuals with graduate credit are welcome to apply to the MFT program via the regular annual application process. 

The UVU MFT program has a residency requirement of 42/54 credits, which means the program can accept no more than 12 transfer credits.  All potential transfer credits are evaluated by the Program Director in accordance with Graduate School policies.

 Graduate Transfer Credit

Graduate credits from another regionally accredited institution or equivalent shall have been completed within four years of the graduate student’s matriculation into the graduate program and cannot be older than six years at the time of graduation with a master’s degree or a graduate certificate from the University. Graduate transfer credits are also subject to grade and grade-point average minimums of the graduate program. (Policy 524, Section 4.5.1).

Things to Consider Before you Apply

Accreditation

We value COAMFTE accreditation and hope to be accredited in the future.  The UVU MFT program plans to seek accreditation as soon as the program is eligible and ready to do so.  However, we can't guarantee programmatic accreditation decisions or timing because those processes are outside of our control.

While accreditation can expedite the licensing process, it is not necessary to graduate from an accredited program to obtain an MFT License in Utah.

To support our graduates in becoming licensed as MFTs in Utah, the UVU program curriculum and clinical hour requirements align with the educational requirements established in the Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing Act Rule, R156-60b.  

MFT Degree Portability Acknowledgment Form

Each state's professional licensing board establishes minimum education and experience expectations, which a program or graduate must meet to establish eligibility for a license in that state.  Each state's licensing requirements are unique to that state; some states have similar requirements and other states vary greatly.

The UVU MFT Program is designed only to meet education and experience requirements for provisional licensure in Utah.  Any applicant intending to pursue licensure in a state other than Utah should note that the licensing process in another state could require additional coursework and/or clinical hours.  It is each applicant's responsibility to compare licensing requirements in the state they wish to pursue a license to the courses offered and hours required by the UVU MFT program.

Acknowledgment.  If you are admitted to an upcoming MFT cohort, you will be asked to sign and return this Degree Portability Acknowledgment Form.

Because we are in the process of pursuing initial accreditation as a program, we are actively seeking to align with the accreditation standards published on the COAMFTE website:  www.coamfte.org.  One of the standards requires that all programs provide "evidence that before students begin their program of study, students acknowledge in writing they have been informed and are aware that licensing regulations may differ across states and provinces."  To be compliant with that requirement, we have attached the acknowledgment form that we ask candidates to sign before they are enrolled in the MFT program.

For further clarification of program policies, we strongly encourage all candidates to read the MFT Program Handbook and MFT Practicum Handbook prior to applying to the program.

Personal Disposition 

Most family therapy training programs employ both didactic and experiential teaching methods, in addition to supervised practice. Experiential methods frequently include asking students to attend personal therapy, and to explore their family of origin, personal biases, and emotional reactions.  It is not uncommon for faculty and supervisors to challenge a student’s thinking process, emotional reactivity, or professionalism.  Although the MFT faculty do not intentionally attempt to provoke emotional reactions from students, it is important for students to understand that there may be times throughout the program when they feel emotionally vulnerable. 

One ongoing aspect of the program’s evaluation of student readiness for clinical work is that of professional disposition. Students are assessed on their professional attitudes and beliefs, and their receptiveness to feedback and challenges, including how students demonstrate these through verbal and non-verbal behaviors. These behaviors are subject to ongoing evaluation as part of the student’s professional temperament. 

Faculty members and supervisors are professional gatekeepers, who have an ethical responsibility to ensure that students, trainees, and supervises are both academically and personally or emotionally prepared to remain helpful during intense clinical situations and crises.  A student who is uncomfortable with being challenged or who expects to experience emotional safety in every aspect of the program should not enroll in the UVU MFT program.

Students should note that they may face remediation processes, which could result in dismissal from the program, for personal behavior that does not meet program standards.

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