Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Program Director

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Martha Laughlin

Fall Semester: 

  • February 15 (Priority)
  • July 15 (General)
  • Please note: completing your application by the priority deadline is advisable if you intend to apply for a graduate assistantship. But completed applications will be reviewed throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters until all seats are filled.

Spring Semester: None

Summer Semester: None

Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-293-6266 Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Admission Requirements

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on all attempted coursework. Overall GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.

Graduate Record Exam


Miller Analogies Test

  • GRE taken before August 1, 2011: Minimum of 400 on the verbal section or 3.5 on the analytical section
  • GRE taken after August 1, 2011: Minimum of 146 on the verbal section or 3.5 on the analytical writing section
  • MAT: Minimum score of 393
Career Goal Statement
  • In the written statement describe your interest in the program and reasons for applying to the program. Be sure to include your professional goals upon completing this program.

Three Recommendations

(MFT Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

Please also visit the MFT Admissions page for additional information.

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status

  • Probationary Status

    • Applicants may be considered on a probationary basis with combined GRE scores below 1000 and less than the minimum required GPA of 2.75 in major coursework.

  • The M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy program does not consider requests for Irregular Admission or Non-Degree Admission.

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100




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