How to Apply

Currently accepting applications on a space available basis for Fall 2023.

To apply to the MS in Counseling Psychology (MFT) graduate program, please submit your application materials using our application portal.

Note: All Psychology programs begin in the fall semester only.

Start your application

Application Requirements

  • Start your online application
  • Recommendation Forms (2)
    • List recommenders name and contact information on the Recommender page of your online application. Recommendations should come from recommenders who know you professionally, academically, or in related volunteer experience that are ideally in supervisory roles and not personal relationships (e.g. friends, family members, therapists, etc.). Cal Lutheran will send the required form to your recommenders.There is a space at the end of the form for your recommender to upload their Recommendation Letter. You do not need to wait for your recommenders to send in their recommendations to continue with your application
  • Complete the rest of the application, sign, and click submit.
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited 4-year colleges and universities attended and any graduate work. Official transcripts must be ordered and sent directly to Cal Lutheran via certified e-transcript or mail. We recommend e-transcript if available at your institution.


           By email:                                                                         By mail:

           If a selection list is available please choose:            California Lutheran University
           California Lutheran University                                     60 West Olsen Road, #2200
           or use the following email address                            Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2700
           for direct entry:

    • Official transcripts from college/university where prerequisite courses were completed must also be sent
    • International applicants are required to submit a sealed evaluated transcript from an approved evaluation agency.

Finalizing Your Application

After submission of your completed application, go to your Application Portal where you can upload or fill out the remaining application materials.

  • Personal statement
    • Please include 3-5 double-spaced, typewritten pages covering significant influences and events which have developed your present values and approach to life. Include ways in which these factors may contribute to the preparation for a psychology profession. Also, include your personal interests and goals and your professional objectives as they relate to Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Pre-Requisite Requirement Form
    • Applicants are required to have at least 3 credits of statistics and an additional 9 credits of undergraduate or graduate level psychology courses. All courses require a B- or better grade. Courses must have been completed within the last 7 years (fall 2016 or later for application to fall 2023) Exceptions to the 7-year requirement can be made upon review of the application and the education/work history of the applicant.
  • Resume or CV
  • Official GRE Scores
    • Recommended but not required.
  • $25.00 Online Application fee
  • Optional - call 805-493-3325 to schedule an admission advisement