Admission Requirements

Applying for Admission

For consideration, applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed online application with supplemental materials (
    • $50 application fee
  2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know your academic competence, character, or professional work. Note: Personal references will not be accepted.
  3. Essay describing your:
    • Personal and professional experience and reasons that influenced you to pursue the field of Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Personal characteristics you believe will contribute to your success in the Central Marriage and Family Therapy program as well as your success as a Marriage and Family Therapist after graduation
    • Definition of family
    • Personal and/or professional experiences you have had with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
    • Description of reasons for earning a GPA less than the minimum requirements, steps taken to overcome the issue(s), and results of integrating this experience that allowed you to positively become the person you are today as well as evolve into the person you ideally want to become (see the *NOTE: within criterion 5 for those applicants to whom this applies).
  4. A current resume
  5. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (GPA of 2.70 or higher)
    NOTE: Applicants who earned a GPA less than the minimum requirement must address the details surrounding their GPA within their personal essay (see criterion 3.e.) or their application will not be considered for possible admission to the program.
  6. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview

Official transcripts may be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment & Admissions Office:

By Mail:

Central Connecticut State University
Graduate Recruitment & Admissions Office
1615 Stanley Street
Davidson Hall 116
New Britain, CT 06050

All applications must be fully completed and received by February 1 to be considered for admission beginning the following fall academic semester. The graduate admissions application (including the provision of all required documents and supplemental materials) is completed via online submission protocols outlined by the Office of Graduate Recruitment & Admissions. For additional information regarding the graduate admissions application process, please visit the Graduate Admissions Webpage.

NOTE: Because admission to the Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy is a highly competitive process, meeting the minimum graduate and program specific application criteria and requirements does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the program.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Tatiana Melendez-Rhodes
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Counselor Education & Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapy | MS
Center for Teaching and Innovation
Henry Barnard Hall

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)


Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). This status is effective for a period of seven (7) years, May 1, 2023 - May 1, 2030.