Applicants should upload a bulleted list of the following experiences in the department documents section of the application:
- Clinical and human services experience (do not include LDS mission experiences here).
- Research experience.
A video interview (you will receive instructions after submission of application)
Background check is required after admission
BYU MFT Programs Admissions Guidelines
Please read over the MFT program mission statement and Admissions Guidelines prior to completing your application. Within your statement of intent, please explain how you would contribute to the BYU MFT mission.
MFT Programs Mission Statement
In harmony with our sponsoring organization (i.e., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and the mission/aims of Brigham Young University, the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) programs focuses on “balanced development” in all student growth areas. This development is carried out in an environment of compassion, inclusion and diversity in order to prepare students to be a healing influence in a world struggling to create safe and meaningful relationships. Both programs utilize a relational perspective (regarding the practice and science of healing) to improve the well-being of individuals, couples, and families. Finally, we strive to be an international leader in process research in order to understand how change occurs and to extend our healing influence beyond campus borders.
In fulfilling our mission statement, the MFT program is designed to fulfill the mission and aims of BYU, as an educational organization (https://aims.byu.edu/), including the creation of an “Enriched Learning Environment” (https://multicultural.byu.edu/node/whatwedo). Therefore, our admission decisions will be based largely upon applicants’ capacities to contribute to the program and their ability to grow in the following areas:
- To intellectually enlarge – Applicant capacity to contribute in terms of intellectual enlargement will be assessed largely through GRE scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement description of their educational path.
- To spiritually strengthen – Applicant potential to contribute to the programs’ spiritually-strengthening atmosphere will be assessed through the personal statement, video responses, any personal/professional experience (work/volunteer service presented on the resume), and their ecclesiastical endorsement.
- To build character – Applicant potential to contribute to a character-building environment will be measured largely through the personal statement (in terms of a description of jobs they have had, how they financed their education, personal struggles they are dealing with), letters of recommendations, and the video responses.
- Capacity for lifelong service and learning – This will be measured through the personal statement (description of their achievements in this area to date), letters of recommendation, and any personal/professional experience and service described in the resume.
- Enriched Learning environment – This will be measured largely through the video responses, personal statement, and personal experiences related to gender, ethnic, racial and other forms of diversity (Please discuss your personal experiences with diversity outside of your mission).
Video Prompts through RIVS:
- BYU has a Mission Statement and AIMS. If admitted, how would you contribute to the AIMS of a BYU Education?
- Please share with us experiences you have had that contribute to your understanding the importance of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the global environment.
- Why do you want to be a Marriage and Family Therapist?