The Admission Process Overview

  • Application dates to apply for the 2021-2022 academic year  – Sept. 15, 2020 - Nov. 15, 2020

  • 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 by February 1, 2021.
  • Interviews for select candidates will be held in February 2021.
  • Interviews will last several hours and will include: individual and group discussions, written response to a clinical scenario, and a tour of campus.
  • All applicants will be notified by email regarding final admission decisions by April 1, 2021.
  • 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

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.  Our current cohort's undergraduate majors:

                                                               Most Common Majors

 

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.  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 two years, we have reviewed about 100 applications.  From those applications, we selected around 50 people 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 2020 identified themselves with the following characteristics:

         

   Average 

     GPA            

     

 

        Gender                    Race/Ethnicity                      

       Student Life

       Cycle Stage                          

     1st Generation

     Students                      

     Utah Residency           

           3.65

  15 -- Women

     9 -- Men

     1 -- American Indian

     1 -- Asian    

     1 -- Hispanic  

     2 -- Multiple Ethnicities   

  20 -- White/Caucasian

  17 -- Non-traditional learners  

     7 -- Traditional learners

  3 -- 1st Generation 

   college students

  22 -- Utah residents

     2 -- Non-residents

  

 

                           Alma Mater

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

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.

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.