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Admission requirements for M.S. in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences: Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy

The M.S. in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy is a two-year, 54-credit hour program. The application deadline for the fall semester is January 15 for first consideration for admission to the program. We continue to accept applications, however, until all the cohort slots are filled.

Applying to the Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (SMFT) program at NIU is a two-step process:

  1. Apply to NIU’s Graduate School, listing M.S. in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences as your major
  2. Once accepted into the M.S. AHDFS program, you must apply to the Specialization in MFT by sending the following to the SMFT program director, Dr. Mark Killmer:

Send the packet directly to:

J. Mark Killmer
SMFT Program School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
jmarkkillmer@niu.edu

Acceptance into the SMFT Program

If you are admitted to the Applied Family and Child Studies program, the program faculty will consider your SMFT application. If you meet the qualifications, you will be asked to interview with faculty. Following the interview, the SMFT faculty will make the final admission decision. Each candidate will be notified in writing of the admission decision.

Special Requirement for Enrolling in Practicum and Internship - Criminal Background Checks

Students admitted to the Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy program have to complete a criminal background check in Illinois as a prerequisite for being in the program. Upon acceptance into the program students will receive instruction in the summer prior to beginning the SMFT program on how to complete this requirement.