Thomas Jefferson University
Admissions Application Instructions Program:
Couple and Family Therapy – MFT
Applying for admittance to Jefferson’s Couple and Family Therapy Program is essentially a two-step process. You will need to complete the following:
Instructions for both are listed below. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Admissions Counselor, Donald Sharples.
Online Application Directions
Please print this page and keep it with you as you complete your application.
- Login to the site. If you are a new user, create a login ID or have the computer generate one for you. Note: TJU will not be able to access your PIN number if you forget it, so please write it down.
- Be aware that there is a 5-minute inactivity timeout for this application. This means that if you do not use the system for 5 minutes, you will be prompted to re-enter your Login ID and PIN in order to continue with the application.
- If you are applying for the Couple and Family Therapy program, select "Master’s of Family Therapy” as your application type.
- After entering your student type and start term, all sections of the application that apply to you will be listed with either a red or blue icon. Items with red icons are mandatory; these MUST be completed before your application can be submitted. Blue icons indicate sections that are optional; however we encourage that you complete these as well so that we can better assist you in your application process.
- Please read instructions for each page, so as to avoid any delays in processing your application.
- Use upper- and lower-case letters; do not use only upper-case or only lower-case.
- When you are prompted to enter a date, use this format MM/DD/YYYY, including the backslashes (/).
- When you have completed all sections of the online application, you must check the “Application Complete” box before you click “Submit Application.” If you do not check the box, TJU will not be able to download your application.
- After the application is completed you will be asked to provide your credit card number and expiration date to pay the $25 application fee. Without a valid credit card, TJU will be unable to download your application.
- Jefferson communicates with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.
Note: If you receive an error message or have problems when you try to submit your application, send an email message to our help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, a phone number and time when you can be reached, and a complete description of the problem you are experiencing. A technical representative will contact you within 24 hours.
Self-managed Application Directions
After completing your online application, please send all credentials in one large envelope to:
Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions & Enrollment Management
130 S. Ninth Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Submit an official transcript for each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended
- Ask the registrar at your college(s) to send the transcript, in a signed and sealed envelope, directly to you.
- DO NOT open the transcript; transcripts received with broken seals will be returned to the applicant.
- Enclose all transcripts in the self managed application envelope.
If you attended an academic institution outside of the U.S., you are required to have your transcripts translated and course-by-course evaluation performed by the World Education Services (WES) or comparable credential evaluation service. WES will transmit the results electronically to Thomas Jefferson University on your behalf.
|Please contact WES at:|
|World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
|Courier Address *
64 Beaver Street, #146
New York, NY 10004
Two Letters of Recommendation
You must submit two letters of recommendation. Letters can be written by any one of the following individuals: professor, academic administrator, professional or volunteer supervisor or manager. Please note that following will not be accepted as recommendations: family, friends or co-workers.
- You can download a recommendation form here or your recommenders can submit a reference on letterhead.
- The letter must include your name, address, and email address. Fill out the information required at the top of the downloaded recommendation form or be sure your recommender includes it if he or she submits a reference on letterhead.
- Prepare a self addressed stamped envelope for your recommender to return the letter to you.
- After completing the letter, your recommender must seal the envelope you provided, sign the back, and send it back to you.
- When you receive the letter, DO NOT open it.. Include the signed and sealed letter(s) in the large self-managed application envelope provided with your application packet along with your application, fee and other credentials.
- Recommendation letters received with broken seals will be returned to the applicant.
In the healthcare professions, the ability to negotiate moral and ethical issues is a crucial component to successfully meeting the healthcare needs of society. In addition, critical thinking and problem-solving are essential skills required of all healthcare practitioners.
With this in mind, please choose one of the following topics on which to write an essay:
- Describe a current ethical or moral healthcare issue and explain how it may change or affect the role of healthcare practitioners in your desired profession.
- Describe a situation you have encountered in the past that required you to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. Based on that experience, explain how you might resolve a similar issue in your desired healthcare profession.
Essays must be 400-600 words and submitted via the online application or with the self-managed application.
Include a CV or resume in the self-managed application envelope.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)/Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
Official, original GRE or MAT scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions. GRE code=5750. Do not include the scores in the self-managed application envelope.
Demonstration of English Language Proficiency
All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson. Jefferson School of Health Professions will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:
- Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing - 21, Speaking - 23, Reading - 21 and Listening - 22. Do not include the scores in the self-managed application envelope. Request official scores to be sent to Jefferson. TOEFL code = 2903
- Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
- At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities
- U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field.*
- Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.
- Citizenship from a country where English is an official language: Follow this link for the country list.
*Certain certification may not be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency.
Criminal Background Check/Child Abuse Clearance
All students who are offered admission to Jefferson are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.
Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check and/or child abuse clearance may deny a student's participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experience for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the program.
Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Jefferson, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.
Fingerprinting and Drug Testing
Some clinical sites may require students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete this requirement, as needed.