Information for CFT Applicants

Faculty Advisors

There is no need for applicants to the MSc program in CFT to choose an advisor prior to making the application. Selected applicants are invited for an interview, and will have the opportunity to speak with potential advisors at that time.

Because the interview and selection process for the MSc program in CFT is based more broadly on the applicant's fit with a clinical program, and because of the competitive nature of the selection, CFT faculty do not engage in conversations about research prior to the CFT Applicant Interview day.  As such, applicants to CFT do not need to, and are discouraged from, contacting CFT faculty prior to making their application. We invite and encourage all CFT applicants to attend the group information sessions in the fall for the opportunity to speak directly with a CFT faculty member about your interests in the program and to have your questions answered. 

Research Streams

Currently there is discussion surrounding the CFT research streams. As of F23 it is possible that the major research paper will no longer be part of the CFT program. At this time, we are NOT offering a thesis stream. 

Those wishing to complete the MSc program in CFT by way of the major research paper will not need to identify specific interests that "fit" with the research program of any particular CFT faculty member(s) prior to making the application. 

Those wishing to pursue a research career and complete the MSc program in CFT by way of a research thesis will want to explore the CFT faculty research interests. Conducting a research thesis with a CFT faculty member will generally be consistent with the faculty member's on-going research program.  Applicants successful in being invited to the CFT interview will engage in conversations about possible thesis research at that time.

In addition, applicants interested in completing the CFT program by way of a research thesis may also want to explore the research interests of faculty members in the Family Relations Human Development (FRHD) part of the department.  Should you be interested in being advised by an FRHD faculty member, you must make contact with that professor prior to submitting your application.  Should this be the case, you have the option of making an application to both the MSc program in CFT and the MSc program in FRHD.  If you choose to take up this option, two separate applications must be completed, and two application fees paid, to be considered for each program.

Financial aid for students from minority groups

For applicants to the MSc in Couple and Family Therapy, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy offers scholarships for students from minority groups. To apply, visit the AAMFT web site