Apply to the Couples and Family Therapy Program

Application Deadline

Priority application deadline is January 7.  Final application deadline is January 21.  

The online application must be completed and letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, and payment must be RECEIVED by dates listed.

Incomplete or late applications (those arriving after deadline dates above) will not be reviewed for admission.  No exceptions will be granted.

Domestic candidates invited to the Thursday, February 13, interview are expected to attend. International applicants will receive a phone interview.

Acceptance Rates

Each year, our cohort size is typically 22 students.

Average GRE and test scores for students accepted into the CFT program:

  • Average GPA: 3.54
  • Average GRE scores: Verbal-67%, Quantitative-42%, Written-4.0
  • Average MAT score: 424

The CFT faculty review ALL complete applications.

If you don’t meet the admission guidelines in one or two areas, but are strong in other areas, we encourage you to apply.

Individuals who do not meet these criteria should justify admission via other exceptional credentials.


The CFT program is carefully designed to provide you with all the coursework you need, even though students are entering with different levels of experience.

Applicants do not need to have an undergraduate degree in psychology to be eligible for admission.

Approximately 20 percent of our admitted students did not have an undergraduate major in psychology, sociology or a related field.

Students admitted into the CFT program typically have extensive volunteer or employment experience in counseling and human services.

Application Instructions

Complete the online Graduate Admission Application. Select Couples and Family Therapy as your major within the College of Education. There is not a specialization.

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $70 (Domestic Students)/$90 (International Students), paid by credit card or eCheck. You will need to pay the application fee before you are able to submit the application.

  • You do not need to complete the online application in one sitting.
  • You will be able to log in and work on different sections of your application until your payment is made or the application deadline passes.

In the application you will be asked to upload:

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Your vitae should include the following information, beginning with most recent education, including degree and institution (with dates of graduation):

  • Work experiences in education
  • Presentations at conferences or workshops
  • Publications, if any
  • Organizational affiliations
  • Any other relevant professional information

Purpose Statement

Two pages, single-spaced, describing goals and purpose in seeking admission to the program

Diversity Essay

One-page, single-spaced essay response to the following questions:

  •  What does social justice mean to you?
  •  How might your life experiences and self-perception help and hinder your future work with diverse clients?

You also need to provide the following items:

Letters of Recommendation

You need to provide the email contact information for at least 3 sources (and no more than 5) for letters of recommendation.

  • Once you enter and confirm this information, you cannot change it.
  • As soon as you submit the contact information, an email will automatically be generated and sent to your referees requesting a letter of recommendation for you.
    • The email will provide instructions on the information to include and how to upload the letter.
  • You will receive an automated email notifying you when each of your references uploads their letter, and you may also check the status once you have paid.
  • If you need to make a change to your referee information, send corrections to


You are required to send an official set of transcripts to the UO Registrar's Office.

  • You only need to provide transcripts from institutions where a bachelor’s or graduate degree has been earned (not transfer credits or AA degrees).
  • Official paper transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

  • If your school provides official electronic transcripts, they may be emailed to, but the UO cannot accept electronic transcripts directly from the applicant.
  • If the degree is in progress, provide the most up-to-date transcript.
  • Transcripts for International Applicants:
    • If your transcripts are not in English, you are required to provide a CERTIFIED English translation of all college or university transcripts.
    • Transcripts must reflect the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from an institution of recognized standing.
    • If you did not graduate from an accredited US institution or from an institution in an English speaking country, you must obtain a passing score for one of the three following exams:
      • iBT TOEFL (88+)
      • IELTS (overall band score of 7.0)
      • TSE (50+).
        • Please submit your official test scores to the Graduate School (University Code 4846) and email a copy of your scores to the CFT program,
  • Additional information is provided by the Graduate School for International Applicants

Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Revised Graduate Record Examination (rGRE), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Scores

The expected minimum GRE scores are:

  • Verbal 50%
  • Quantitative 44%
  • Written 4.0

The expected minimum MAT score is 410.

Have your original GRE or MAT scores sent to the program.

  • If you have taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general (not subject), have ETS send your official scores to:
    • University Code: University of Oregon (code 4846)
    • Department Code: Counseling Psychology (code 2005).
  • If you have taken the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), have Pearson send your official scores to:
    •  School Code: 4119
  • We cannot receive your score if you did not use the proper codes.
  • This process may take six weeks, so do not take the test any later than December 4.
  • Only tests taken in the past five years are valid.

Checking Your Application Status

  • Your application is not considered complete until all items have been received and payment has been submitted.
  • Once you complete the information and submit payment, you can log back in to check the receipt status of your letters, transcripts, and test scores.
    • Receipt status is manually updated every Friday after payment is submitted.
  • If you have questions concerning this form or the $70 application fee, or problems with your login, contact the Graduate School at 541-346-5129.