Admission

Preparing advanced practitioners,  
leaders in research, teachers, and advocates.

Preparing advanced practitioners,
leaders in research, teachers, and advocates.

Admission Requirements

  • Clinical master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, couple and family therapy, medical family therapy, or related clinical field, such as social work, psychology, or professional counseling from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate-level coursework.
  • Commitment to the profession of couple and family therapy as demonstrated in their application essay.
  • Completion of clinical practicum* in their graduate degree program.
  • Licensure or licensure eligibility as an MFT in the state of Illinois. Applicants without this can be admitted as a doctoral student but must first complete coursework to “level up."
  • Letters of recommendation including at least one from a graduate instructor and one from a clinical supervisor.
  • Approved applicants will be invited to complete an on-campus interview with core faculty as the final step in the application process.

Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the deadline.

*Students with a nonclinical master's are recommended to apply to the COAMFTE-accredited Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program.

Requisite Credits for the CFTD Program

Students accepted to the CFTD program may use a maximum of 39 credits from their master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, couple and family therapy, or medical family therapy or other graduate degree programs in the doctorate. Requests must include a transcript and syllabus and will be evaluated on an individual basis. These 39 credits must include the requisite coursework to apply for the (Associate) Marriage and Family Therapy license in the state of Illinois. Students not meeting this requirement will take the requisite CFT courses in the first year of their program which may extend their program.

Students who did not complete their master’s degree at Adler must also take:

  • Fundamentals of Adlerian Psychology and Parenting Education: Theory and Interventions
  • SJP-513: Social Justice Practicum I
  • SJP-514: Social Justice Practicum II