Letter of intent
Family Therapy Guidelines for Creating a Letter of Intent
All applicants for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Family Therapy must complete a Letter of Intent and adhere to the following guidelines:
- Use the style of a professional business letter, including date, your name and return address. Limit the body of the letter to 300 words or less.
- Address the letter to: Family Therapy Faculty, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do NOT send it by US Mail or a delivery service. Email ONLY.
- In the opening paragraph, identify whether you are applying for the M.S. or Ph.D. program, information about your degree(s) held and where you studied AND any mental health license(s) you already hold
- Discuss your interest in and reasons for wanting the master’s or the doctoral degree in Family Therapy. If you are not already familiar with the discipline of family therapy (as compared to other clinical mental health fields), we suggest you visit the website of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and read the material available to learn more.
- Discuss the strengths and skills you will bring to the Family Therapy program. These may include elements of your life experience, personal characteristics, occupational background, academic accomplishments, etc.
- Discuss how you will adapt your current life to make room for Graduate School, including plans for coursework, the internship experience, etc.
- If you are applying for the doctoral degree, which emphasizes research, also discuss your research interests.
- Discuss your professional goals. How do you hope to use your degree?
- Your letter must be received by email by Dec. 1 for fall admittance or by Aug. 1 for spring admittance. If you are applying for the doctoral degree, also email your vita as a separate attachment when you email your letter.
- Late materials will not be considered.