How to Apply

To apply to the MS in Counseling Psychology (MFT) graduate program, please submit your application materials using our application portal.

Start your application

Note: All Psychology programs begin in the fall semester only.

Icon of megaphone  Fall 2024 application cycle is now closed. Applications for Fall 2025 will open in mid August 2024. Priority deadline for Fall 2025 is January 15, 2025.

Application Requirements

  • Start your online application
  • Recommendation Forms (2)
    • List recommenders name and contact information on the Recommender page of your online application. Recommendations should come from recommenders who know you professionally, academically, or in related volunteer experience that are ideally in supervisory roles and not personal relationships (e.g. friends, family members, therapists, etc.). Cal Lutheran will send the required form to your recommenders.There is a space at the end of the form for your recommender to upload their Recommendation Letter. You do not need to wait for your recommenders to send in their recommendations to continue with your application
  • Complete the rest of the application, sign, and click submit.
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited 4-year colleges and universities attended and any graduate work. Official transcripts must be ordered and sent directly to Cal Lutheran via certified e-transcript or mail. We recommend e-transcript if available at your institution.


           By email:                                                                         By mail:

           If a selection list is available please choose:            California Lutheran University
           California Lutheran University                                     60 W. Olsen Road, #2200
           or use the following email address                            Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2700
           for direct entry:

    • Official transcripts from college/university where prerequisite courses were completed must also be sent
    • International applicants are required to submit a sealed evaluated transcript from an approved evaluation agency.

Finalizing Your Application

After submission of your completed application, go to your Application Portal where you can upload or fill out the remaining application materials.

  • Personal statement
    • Please include 3-5 double-spaced, typewritten pages covering significant influences and events which have developed your present values and approach to life. Include ways in which these factors may contribute to the preparation for a psychology profession. Also, include your personal interests and goals and your professional objectives as they relate to Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Pre-Requisite Requirement Form
    • Applicants are required to have at least 3 credits of statistics and an additional 9 credits of undergraduate or graduate level psychology courses. All courses require a B- or better grade. Courses must have been completed within the last 7 years (fall 2017 or later for application to fall 2024) Exceptions to the 7-year requirement can be made upon review of the application and the education/work history of the applicant.
  • Resume or CV
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee
  • Optional - call 805-493-3325 to schedule an admission advisement

GRE scores are not required.

International Applicants

In addition to the above application requirements, International Students are required to provide the following:

  • Official transcripts and degree certificates or certified true copies in English of all college and university records sent directly from each institution to CLU
    • Students are required to complete an official transcript evaluation stating their degree is equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. The evaluation must include GPA equivalence and course-by-course listing, done by a NACES  member company. CLU recommends two providers who have offered CLU applicants a streamlined process for obtaining an evaluation. These are IEE and SpanTran
  •  Language Proficiency
    • Minimum Acceptable scores for: Duolingo English Test score: 120; TOEFL score: 88; IELTS score: 6.5; Pearson’s (PTE Academic) score: 58; Completion of ELS 112
    • Applicants who earn a bachelor's degree in an English-speaking country may have the proof of English proficiency requirement waived on a case-by-case basis. Please contact International Admission for more information:
  • Financial Responsibility Statement or Official Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport