Prospective Students

Online Q&A for Applicants

Please join us January 8, 3:30-4:30pm for an online session to learn more about the MFT program at Appalachian State. Interested applicants will have an opportunity to meet the Program Director and the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions. To register, please email the Graduate School at

Financial Aid

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 Human Development and Psychological Counseling 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

How to Apply

We follow an annual cohort model admissions process for fall enrollment. Applications are reviewed beginning late fall and are due no later than February 1. In-person interviews take place in early spring each year for fall enrollment. Applications are currently being accepted for fall 2020 admissions. 

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 GPA, GPA in major, GPA in related courses, GRE scores, response to the departmental questionnaire, letters of reference, and performance in an interview conducted by faculty and current students. There are circumstances in which exceptions may be made. 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. 

Basic Criteria for Consideration

GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and official GRE scores from ETS.


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.

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