Admissions Requirements

The Department seeks students who are imaginative, intelligent, and highly motivated men and women with a desire for challenge, a commitment to excellence, and a well-developed sense of social responsibility. Prior coursework in family studies, human development, abnormal psychology, introduction to therapy or counseling, and statistics courses are useful in preparation for graduate CFT work. In addition, computer literacy is essential. We are fortunate to attract gifted students who are concerned about social and ethical issues and who view their future profession in a broad context.

Students are selected on the basis of:

  • a bachelor’s degree in family studies or a related discipline,
  • a minimum 3.0 (out of 4.0) grade point average for the Baccalaureate degree,
  • the quality of previous undergraduate and/or graduate coursework,
  • letters of recommendation,
  • relevant work experience,
  • professional goals congruent with those of the program.

Students also have the option of applying jointly to the CFT program and the Department's Family Science Ph.D. program (see application procedures for the doctoral progam).

Application Requests

Students who wish to apply for the CFT Program must complete the University of Maryland Graduate Application online, which includes 3 letters of recommendation, the statement of goals and research interests, and official transcripts from all institutions attended.  

Application to the program is made through the University of Maryland Graduate School website,  The Department of Family Science admits students in the fall semester only. The deadline for submitting the Graduate School Application and the Couple and Family Therapy Application Form is January 15 (January 6 for international students and citizens living abroad). Students are strongly encouraged to apply before the deadline date.

The top candidates for the program are invited to an interview (typically in February) with CFT faculty and current graduate students. Graduate fellowships, assistantships, and tuition waivers are available for the most qualified students.

Application Procedures for the Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program at the University of Maryland, College Park:

Step #1: Apply to the University’s graduate school

  1. Go to
  2. Complete the online application
    • A $75 non-refundable application fee will be processed with your application
  3. Mail all transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work completed or in progress to:

    University of Maryland at College Park
    Enrollment Services Operations
    Application for Graduate Admission
    0130 Mitchell Building
    College Park, MD 20742


  4. Letters of recommendation are to be submitted online with your graduate application or mailed directly to Graduate Admissions.
  5. All information provided in this application will be directly sent by Graduate Admissions to the Department of Family Science for review (you do not need to mail additional hard copies of the graduate school application to the department).

Step #2: Apply to the CFT program in the Department of Family Science through the Graduate School website

  1. Complete the Couple and Family Therapy Program application on the University of Maryland Graduate School Website

All application materials are due by January 15. For any questions about application materials contact the Department of Family Science at

Please note that for the Fall 2021 admissions, there is no GRE requirement.