Applying to the MFT Program at CSUN

On average, 120-160 applicants apply for the 56 seats available each year in the MFT program at CSUN. Thus, admittance is competitive. Applicants are chosen based on a number of factors, including their statement of purpose, the quality of their interview, letters of reference, GPA and other measures of academic performance, and experience in the field. Finalists typically demonstrate a consistently high achieving academic record, strong personal presence, excellent writing skills, experience in the field, humanistic attitudes, sensitivity to diversity issues, and clear professional goals. Completion of pre-requisites is a key consideration in admittance decisions; students must have all pre-requisites completed prior to beginning the program.

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1. Apply to the University using the University's Graduate Application

2. Apply to the Department using the Department's Application

3. Participate in a group interview (upon invitation)

4. Complete pre-requisites prior to semester of enrollment (no exceptions)

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Step 1: Applying to the University
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Obtain and submit the University Graduate Application using one of three methods:

  • Submit online at
  • Obtain copies of the application at any CSU admissions office, California Community Colleges or various local high schools.
  • Or request a paper copy from CSUN Admissions & Records:

Admissions & Records Cal State University Northridge 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8207 Tel (818) 677-3700 Fax (818) 677-3766

Minimum Requirements for Valid University Applicaiton:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.

  • Have at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in last 60 semester/ 90 quarter units attempted. Note: Program requires 2.75, slightly higher than the university requirement

  • If cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, score at or above the 50th percentile on one of the three sections of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), [i.e., verbal, quantitative, or analytical or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

  • Pass Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam or equivalent

2. Applying to the Department:
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  • References: Submit two letters of recommendations, either as letters or on departmental form. Letters must be from people who know your academic or professional work; personal references are not accepted.

  • Resume: MFT students are highly encouraged to include a professional resume.

  • Interview: If invited, participate in an admission’s interview.

  • Pre-requisites: Complete and provide proof of current enrollment in required prerequisite courses (or equivalent) with a grade of “B-” or better. These courses must be completed before beginning graduate courses, and completion of pre-requisites is considered in the admittance process. Students wanting to enroll in the accelerated, daytime cohort must complete their pre-requisites no later than the end of spring of application; students wanting to enter the standard program must complete pre-requisites no later than the end of summer prior to beginning classes.

3. Interview:
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  • An on-campus, by-invitation-only interview is required for admission. Because of the large number of applicants, not all applicants will be invited for interviews.

  • You will be notified sometime after the application deadline of the interview date after all of your application materials have been received.

  • Interviews will be done in small groups of 6-8 applicants and last approximately 2 hours. Applicants should dress in business attire.

  • Interview dates cannot be rescheduled.

4. Complete Pre-requisites
Pre-Requisites - 12 Units

All students must complete the four program pre-requisites or their equivalent (see below) prior to beginning the program. Thus, students applying to the Accelerated, Daytime Cohort, must successfully complete the pre-requisites by the end of the Spring of application and Standard Cohort students must complete theirs during the summer after application and before enrolling in fall classes. Applicants MUST clearly indicate their plan for completing these courses in their application if they have not completed them or are not currently enrolled at the time of application.

EPC 430: Development & Learning Early Childhood Education (3)

EPC 451: Fundamentals of Counseling and Guidance (3)

EPC 600: Educational Statistics for Research & Measurement (3)

PSY 310: Behavior Disorders (3)

Approval of Equivalent Courses Taken at Other Universities
  • For a list of pre-approved pre-requisite equivalents, please download the application packet from the department webpage.