Prospective Students


The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3061. 

The MFT program is accredited by the  International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE) 


Students complete a 12 month community internship during the second year of the program. Current interns are current placed at agencies engaging in intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, in-school day treatment, school-based therapy, outpatient individual and family services, in-home services, and residential treatment. 

Thesis and Research

The MFT program offers a thesis option. Students who select the thesis option must complete 45 semester hours of coursework and 4 thesis hours. Additionally, opportunities to work on faculty research projects are available to students. 

HPC Graduate Certificates

The Department of Human Development and Family Science offers 3 graduate certificate programs to offer additional concentrated training: Systemic Multicultural CounselingExpressive Arts Therapy, and Addictions Counseling.

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 Complicance; University Housing; Writing Center; RCOE Dean's Office, and the Graduate School. They are available through the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling and the Division of Student Development.  

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


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 no longer being accepted for fall 2019 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.


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 

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.