Admission Requirements

Doctoral Program in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Essay portion of the application for the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Couple and Family Therapy Department, Couple and Family Therapy PhD Program - 

    The CFT PhD program at Drexel University uses the research/practitioner model. Our primary mission is to train family therapy researchers who will be ready to serve as the next generation of research, policy and clinical leaders.   In addition, we offer excellent clinical training in two empirically supported treatment models.  Students are expected to reach proficiency in one of these treatments. In order to evaluate your readiness for our program, please respond to the following questions.  

    Research Goals.  (Limit to one and a half pages)

    a.      The program is mentorship based. Students should apply with the intent of working in a research lab with a particular faculty member.  Please identify the mentor with whom you would like to and what about their research interests you.  We recommend that you look closely at the work of each family member before applying.  Include a brief but specific description of your own related research questions and ideas, and how you think they would fit with the global research agenda of the target faculty member.

     Clinical Goals. (Limit to one page per question)

    a.      All CFT PhD students will become proficient in one empirically supported treatment model: Attachment-based Family Therapy or Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  Please identify the model in which you are most interested, any experience you have using it, and how it fits into your larger career goals. 

    b.      Please describe a family or couple therapy case that you treated that did not go well.  After a brief presentation of the case, discuss what challenge or factors you think led to this poor outcome. Include an exploration of how your own personal and professional strengths and weakness may have contributed to the outcome of this case.

    Working with Underserved Population. (Limit to one page)

    The Couple and Family Therapy Department is committed to working with underserved populations with the intent of increasing our understanding of the social and systemic variables that impact health outcomes, mental health service access, and treatment delivery.  Please describe how you believe your research interests will incorporate these factors and help promote social justice in the health care field. 

  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommenders must use the Confidential Letter of Recommendation Form (Form A) (PDF).
  • GRE required.
  • Résumé.
  • Mandatory personal interview.
  • Master's or post-master's in related field.
PhD students at table

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Transcript Evaluation: All international students applying to a graduate program must have their transcripts evaluated by the approved agency: World Education Services (WES), 212-966-6311, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, Web site:
  • TOEFL: Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For more information visit the Web site:, then click on TOEFL.
  • I-20/DS-2019 and Supporting Financial Documents (international students only): Please print, complete, and submit the I-20/DS-2019 Application Form (PDF). 

International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
P.O. Box 8629
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629
215-222-8454, ext. 603

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
3600 Market St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

Admission deadline is January 15 of the year in which applicants would like to begin program (e.g., January 15, 2012 for fall 2012).