Application Process

Attention Applicants:

The next deadline to apply for the MFT Master's and Post Master's programs is January 1, 2020. Applicants have until January 15, 2020 to turn in all supplemental materials, such as letters of recommendation.

Program Admission Requirements

Master's Degree

Applicants for the Master's Degree must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and present evidence of ability to do graduate work including quality credit average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of a minimum of 297 (verbal and quantitative) on the exam (score is equivalent to 1000 on the older exam), and quality references. Abnormal Psychology and Statistics are recommended courses for applicants. Potential students must also have some professional or volunteer experience in a clinical setting. For a list of organizations where one can volunteer to gain clinical experience click here. Individuals who do not meet these requirements can still apply, but they should justify admission via other exceptional credentials.

Please send GRE scores to Virginia Tech, code 5859.


Post Master's Certificate

Applicants for the Post Master's Certificate must hold a bachelor's and master's degree from an accredited institution and present evidence of ability to do graduate work including quality credit average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Abnormal Psychology and Statistics are recommended courses for applicants. Potential students must also have some professional or volunteer experience in a clinical setting. Individuals who do not meet these requirements can still apply, but they should justify admission via other exceptional credentials.


Post Master's Applicants

If you are applying for the Post-Master's program to seek licensure, please verify with The Virginia State Board of Counseling or the Board of the state in which you wish to be licensed, that you are eligible for licensing before taking courses or applying for the Virginia Tech Post Master's program. Only the licensing boards can verify if your master's degree will allow you to be licensed. In the past few years, Virginia has significantly restricted the degrees that are eligible for LPC and LMFT licensure. Please verify even if you know someone who was licensed with the same or a similar degree since eligibility requirements often change. We cannot advise you whether or not your master's degree will be eligible.

Post Master's Applicants please include a 3-5 page personal statement in your application.

Admission into the Clinical Program

The faculty has the responsibility to insure the quality and competency of graduates to practice as Marriage and Family Therapists. We take pride in our graduates and make every effort to insure that they are well prepared to enter the profession. While we recognize the subjective nature of the ongoing screening process, we believe that this intensive process serves the student, the community, and the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Since we take our role as gatekeepers to the MFT profession seriously and because we want our students to have a successful practicum experience, we want to make sure that students do not begin practicum before they are ready. Therefore, we have an additional level of screening for admission into the clinical portion of our program. After master's degree students have completed at least 12 hours of course work they can apply to our clinical program. Post-master's certificate students must complete 6 hours of course work before applying to the clinical program. First, students submit a letter to the Clinical Director stating why they believe they are ready to begin practicum, their strengths and weaknesses, and their preferred way of working with clients. The clinical faculty review these letters and evaluate students' academic progress to date. Adjunct faculty who have had contact with candidates may be asked to provide additional input. Then students meet with the faculty to discuss the issues covered in the letter and any other concerns that may have been noted by faculty or the student up to this point. Decisions are made at this point in time whether the student is ready for practicum and if not, what needs to be done to become ready.

Applying to the Program (A Step-By-Step Guide)

Master's Degree

  • Go to: https://applyto.graduateschool.vt.edu/
  • Once you have clicked the link above, click 'CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT' on the following page. On the next page enter a valid email address and click 'submit'. You will receive a code via email. On the next page, enter the code and click 'submit'. Click 'Log in and start your new application'. You will be emailed a temporary password. On the next page, enter your email and temporary password. Create a new password, fill in your name and date of birth, and click 'save'.
    • There may be a delay before receiving the emails for the code and temporary password. If your application screen times out, please follow the link in the body of the email instead of reloading the page and entering your email address again.
  • From the home screen you can choose to (1) Complete Your Profile, (2) Complete your Academic History, (3) Create a New Application. Once you start a new application, you will be given a series of drop-down boxes. Be sure to make the following choices:
    • First Time Graduate Study
    • Human Development
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • MS/LAHS
    • National Capital Region
    • Fall 2015
  • Continue filling out the application and be sure to complete the other two sections: Profile and Academic History.
    • There is a portion of the application section that asks whether you would prefer to be interviewed by phone or in person. This does not apply to our program. All selected applicants will be notified by email and invited to an all-day interview session on campus on Friday, March 6th (see paragraph at the top of the page for more information).
    • Please submit a copy of a previous writing sample under the 'Optional Material' portion of the application section.
  • A $75.00 application fee should be included for all applications to the Graduate School.
  • If you are a Virginia resident, under 'State of Residency' portion of the Profile section be sure to click yes for in-state tuition and complete the in-state tuition questionnaire.
  • All supplemental materials may be uploaded and submitted with the online application. Be sure that all uploaded materials are PDF's. If the applicant prefers, these materials (three letters of reference, all transcripts, personal statement, a writing sample, and a resume) may also be mailed to the program office (see address below), but it is recommended that they be uploaded on the online application to expedite processing. These materials are due by January 20th.
    • 3 letters of reference
    • Transcripts from all academic institutions that awarded, or will award, degrees
    • 3-5 page personal statement (double spaced)
    • A resume
    • Copy of a previous writing assignment (you can submit this under the "Optional Material" portion of the application, email it to our Program Coordinator, Patricia Meneely (pmeneely@vt.edu), or mail it to the address below.

                                              VA Tech/MFT Masters Program
                                               7054 Haycock Rd.
                                               Falls Church, VA 22043

  • If you want to be considered for an assistantship, please click the "Yes" option under 'Assistantship' and 'Financial Aid' in the Application section. No additional materials are needed.
  • For assistance, you may call our MFT program office at 703-538-8460.

Post Master's Certificate

  • Go to: https://applyto.graduateschool.vt.edu/
  • Once you have clicked the link above, click 'CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT' on the following page. On the next page enter a valid email address and click 'submit'. You will receive a code via email. On the next page, enter the code and click 'submit'. Click 'Log in and start your new application'. You will be emailed a temporary password. On the next page, enter your email and temporary password. Create a new password, fill in your name and date of birth, and click 'save'.
    • There may be a delay before receiving the emails for the code and temporary password. If your application screen times out, please follow the link in the body of the email instead of reloading the page and entering your email address again.
  • From the home screen you can choose to (1) Complete Your Profile, (2) Complete your Academic History, (3) Create a New Application. Once you start a new application, you will be given a series of drop-down boxes. Under 'Please select an Application Type' choose 'Graduate Certificate'. Under 'Please select a Term' choose 'Fall 2015'.
  • Once you've started the application, choose 'Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate' under 'Program Options', with 'Spring 2017' as the 'Anticipated Term of Completion'.
  • Continue filling out the application and be sure to complete the other two sections: Profile and Academic History.
    • There is a portion of the application section that asks whether you would prefer to be interviewed by phone or in person. This does not apply to our program. All selected applicants will be notified by email and invited to an all-day interview session on campus on Friday, March 6th (see paragraph at the top of the page for more information).
  • A $75.00 application fee should be included for all applications to the Graduate School.
    If you are a Virginia resident, under 'State of Residency' portion of the Profile section be sure to click yes for in-state tuition and complete the in-state tuition questionnaire.
  • After you have submitted your application for the post-master's certificate program, please notify the program coordinator, Patricia Meneely, at pmeneely@vt.edu.
  • When your online application to the post-master’s certificate program is received, the program will send you a supplemental application form and ask you to fill it out and return to the program director.
    Please email all supplemental materials (three letters of recommendation, all transcripts, 3-5 page double-spaced personal statement, and a copy of a previous writing assignment) to Patricia Meneely pmeneely@vt.edu by January 20th. You can also email them to the program office at:

                                                            VA Tech/MFT Masters Program
                                                            7054 Haycock Rd.
                                                            Falls Church, VA 22043

  • For assistance, you may call our MFT program office at 703-538-8460.

Commonwealth Campus

Participation in the Commonwealth Campus is open to individuals who hold an earned baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited postsecondary institution. Students enrolled in coursework in the Commonwealth Campus will be expected to meet all prerequisite course requirements or to be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and understanding for courses prior to enrollment. Students are limited to 12 credit hours as a Commonwealth Campus student. These courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If a student is later accepted into a degree program, credits earned in the Commonwealth Campus will convert to the student's plan of study. Because of the competitive nature of admission to our program, we encourage students to take no more than 6 credit hours in Commonwealth Campus. Success in Commonwealth Campus courses does not guarantee admission to either the Master's or Post-Master's programs.

To apply, please print and complete the form below and mail it to the Graduate Student Services Office at the address noted on the application Download Application Here or click on the following link: https://applyto.graduateschool.vt.edu/

If you have any problem navigating the application, please contact Virginia Tech Graduate Student Services at (703) 538-8322.

Discrimination Policy

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, relationship status, health status or veteran status.  The university is subject to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Age Discrimination in Employee Act, The Vietnam Era Veteran Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, Federal Executive Order 11246, Governor Gilmore's State Executive Order Number Two, and all other rules and regulations that are applicable. Anyone having questions concerning any of those regulations should contact the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office, 336 Burruss Hall, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, 540-231-7500, TDD 540-231-9460.

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the Dean of Students Office, 540-231-3787; TDD/PC 1-800-828-1120; Voice 1-800-828-1140 by the application deadline.