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Human Development and Family Studies: Marriage & Family Therapy - MS

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, specifically prepares students to work in mental health, family service, medical, and human service settings. The program combines didactic coursework in theory, research, and practice with an emphasis on a systemic approach. Clinical training emphasizes treating the individual, couple, and family in relationship to the larger systems that influence them.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: ME VT MA

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

Supplemental Materials: The Details


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

In lieu of a personal statement, applicants to the MFT Program (only) must provide answers to five specific questions. Responses to the MFT questions should be submitted in numbered format and should address each question separately and explicitly. 1. Identify what you feel are the essential characteristics of a functional family. 2. Describe the reasons why you are interested in becoming a marriage and family therapist. 3. What do you think are the major challenges faced by contemporary marriage and family therapists? 4. What are your professional goals? 5. Identify your personal characteristics, skills, and experiences that will facilitate your success in achieving your professional goals.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Additional Department Requirements:

In addition to the regular graduate school requirements, a personal interview is required

Important Notes:

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.