Prospective Students

Statement on In-Person and Remote Learning

Are you offering classes online because of COVID-19? Can I complete the program remotely?

Classes adjusted to hybrid and/or online offering to comply with North Carolina state mandates and university policies to increase safety for staff, students, faculty, and administrators during the pandemic. The MFT program is a face-to-face program and classes resumed in-person for the fall 2021 semester. 

Funding, Financial Aid, and Cost of Tuition

Students who would like to pursue financial assistance should complete a FAFSA with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Students may also be considered for the NC Tution Scholarship for out-of-state students, Chancellor's Fellowship, Provost's Fellowship, the Diversity Fellowship Program, and several scholarship programs through the Cratis D. William School of Graduate Studies. Tuition rates are available through Student Accounts

Graduate Assistantships

Paid assistantships are available to students. Students are currently placed as GAs assisting faculty with research, administrative support for the department, and in offices on campus which include: the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Compliance; University Housing; Writing Center; RCOE Dean's Office, and the Graduate School. Positions available through the Department of Counseling, Family Therapy and Higher Education will be offered after admissions. There are additional positions posted through the Graduate School and the Division of Student Development.  More information about GA applications, requirements, and compensation is available on the Graduate Assistant Overview.

The Division of Student Development hosts GAPP Weekend (Graduate Assistant Preview Program) each February. If you are interested in an assistantship through the Division of Student Affairs, which includes Residence Hall Directors for applicants who have served as Resident Assisants as an undergraduate, you are highly encouraged to attend GAPP weekend. 

Visiting Boone

Whether you enjoy driving the Blue Ride Parkway, visiting The Blowing Rock, or hiking your way to the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain, experiencing the breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains is a must while visiting the Boone area. Experience great outdoors, fantastic restaurants, and shopping downtown. Visit to help plan your visit.

How to Apply

Applications are reviewed beginning late fall and are due no later than February 1. Interviews take place in early spring for enrollment into the fall student cohort.  

Admissions Criteria

  1. Graduate School requirements
  2. Departmental Questionnaire completed
  3. In Person Interview
  4. Departmental MFT Admissions Committee approval

Students who meet the general graduate school requirements are considered for admission into the Marriage and Family Therapy Program by the Admissions Committee, comprised of the MFT Program faculty. In reaching admissions decisions, the committee considers:

  • Overall GPA, GPA in major, GPA in related courses.
  • GRE scores if not waived.
  • Response to the departmental questionnaire.
  • Letters of reference. When possible, applicants are encouraged to include a minimum of 1 letter of reference from a previous or current faculty who can address academic performance. 
  • Performance in a live interview.

There are circumstances in which exceptions may be made. 

Basic Criteria for Consideration

GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and official GRE scores from ETS. Applicants may be eligible for a GRE waiver.

To qualify for the GRE waiver, applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND at least two reference letters from professors from whom the applicant has taken at least one course; OR five or more years of professional human services or family systems-related work experience.

APPLY here. 

Establishing Residency

Students who are admitted and would like to establish residency in North Carolina are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Residents must have proof of residence for 1 full calendar year to be considered for in-state tuition during their second year of training. The UNC system uses the Residency Determination Service. Students who are claimed on their parent's federal taxes out of state will not be eligible for in-state residency. Residency information and link

MFT Program Information Session

We invite you to attend our MFT Program Info Session on January 25th from 12-1pm! The session will guide you through our curriculum, classroom experience, admissions, alumni connections and professional development opportunities. Click on the following link to register: