Counselor Education & Family Therapy - Admission

Counselor Education & Family Therapy


Contact Information

Carroll Hall - 2nd Floor

Dr. Cherie King

Department Chair/Professor

Marian Rosario 

Department Secretary

Admission Requirements

For Admission into the Graduate School

  1. Submit a graduate school application directly to the Graduate Admissions Office located in Davidson Hall Room 116.
  2. Arrange to have official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses (except CCSU) sent directly by your college or university to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  3. Additional required materials (essay, three letters of recommendation) must be uploaded to Graduate Admissions during the application process.
Admission requirements differ for the various programs within Counselor Education and Family Therapy. The following information describes the different program requirements.

M.S. in Counselor Education with Specialization in Clinical Professional Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Development in Higher Education

The School Counseling, Clinical Professional Counseling, and Student Development in Higher Education programs admit students only one time per year. The deadline for receiving admissions materials, including official transcripts, is February 1.

Admissions decisions will be made on the basis of the following factors:

  1. Grade point average for all undergraduate courses. Minimum requirement is a 2.70 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00. Official transcripts must be mailed to CCSU by the college or university the applicant attended. The deadline for official transcripts is February 1.
  2. Three recommendations from individuals able to testify to the student's suitability as a prospective counselor.
  3. A 2-3 page typewritten (double spaced) essay describing the following:
    • Reasons for entering the counseling profession.
    • Personal and professional experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.
    • Personal characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a counselor.
  4. A personal interview by the program's faculty admissions committee. The committee will assess the student's personal attributes and life experiences that might contribute to the student's potential for success as a professional counselor.

Additional Requirements for School Counseling:

All candidates to the school counseling program must provide test scores from one of the following with their test scores:  Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT.

More information about the PRAXIS CORE TESTS may be obtained by calling (609) 771-7395 or by accessing the PRAXIS web site.

Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. The procedures for obtaining the background checks and the length of time they are valid will be established by the State Department of Education and cannot be changed. You will be responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it. As part of the background check, you will need to be fingerprinted. If you fail to pass the background check, you may be unable to complete your chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University. The University will not be responsible for your inability to complete your chosen degree program.

Admission requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program:

Admissions to the Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy is made on a competitive basis.

Admissions for the Evening Track occurs two times per year (Fall and Spring). All applications must be completed and received by May 1 for Fall admission of the following academic year and by November 1 for admission for the following Spring semester. Approximately twenty (20) students are accepted per each academic semester (Fall and Spring).

Admission for the Weekend Cohort Track occurs once per year (summer). All applications must be completed and received by May 1 for admission for the following summer semester.

Approximately twenty (20) students are accepted for the cohort beginning the following summer.

The decision to admit a student into pre-candidacy status for the MFT program is based on the candidate's cumulative grade point average (GPA), recommendations by persons able to judge the candidate's aptitude for success in the profession, and a personal statement as to the candidate's personal background and motivation for entering the MFT field (see below).

The admission standard for this program requires a minimum of 2.70 combined undergraduate and previous graduate GPA (of at least a 3.00 for graduate work) based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00. Students with grade point averages between 2.40 and 2.69 may appeal their denials for admission. Conditional admission may be considered on a space-available basis. All students who are accepted into the department are initially granted pre-candidacy status and are assigned an academic advisor. The advisor will orient the student regarding prerequisites, course scheduling, potential course transfers and substitutions, and the planned program of study. Pre-candidacy status allows the student to begin taking classes (see below).

Candidates for initial admission will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Grade point average: Minimum 2.70 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00
  2. Three recommendations from individuals able to attest to the student's suitability as a prospective Marriage and Family Therapist
  3. Personal essay regarding the applicant's motivation and readiness to pursue to a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Candidates will be asked to respond to the following questions (three to five pages maximum, double-spaced).
    • Personal and professional experiences and reasons that influenced you to pursue the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.
    • Personal characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
    • Please comment on you view regarding the importance of your engaging in a personal therapy experience as part of becoming a marriage and family therapist.
    • If applying for the Weekend Cohort Track: A statement that explains your reasons for opting for the Weekend Cohort Track and your ability to commit to a weekend based cohort program.

Additional required materials (essay, three letters of recommendation) must be uploaded to Graduate Admissions during the application process.

MFT Pre-Candidacy and Degree Candidacy:

To qualify for Degree Candidacy, students must complete the prerequisite courses (CNSL 500, CNSL 501, and MFT 505 or PSY 512) and MFT 541, achieving a grade of B or better in each course and receive favorable ratings on the "Attitudes and Attributes" scale by instructors for CNSL 501 and MFT 541. On fulfillment of these requirements, students meet with their advisors to complete their Planned Programs of Study and the Application for Degree Candidacy. These documents are submitted to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for final approval and acceptance into the program as Degree Candidates. Any student who does not meet the criteria for degree candidacy (as specified above) is not permitted to continue in the program and will receive a dismissal letter.

Once admitted into pre-candidacy, students may enroll as full-time and part-time students.

Students in the Weekend Cohort Track are enrolled full-time for the first two years and become part-time students in their Internship Year. There is a prescribed sequence for all courses in this track. Students in the Evening Track have the flexibility of enrolling either as full-time or part time students at any point in the program. Full-time students take a minimum of 9 credits during fall and spring semesters, follow a prescribed program schedule, may attend during the summer, and complete the program in 3 years. Part-time students may take 3 or 6 credits per semester (including summers) and must complete the program within a 6-year period. Their program of study is arranged with the advisor. Students may shift between full-time and part-time status as individually determined between the students and his or her advisor. Typically, students are enrolled part-time during their internship (3rd year), and are eligible for consideration for part time equivalency if they are only taking a practicum or internship field placement course.

For additional information, please see the MFT program website.