When to Apply
The Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling program only begins in the fall and is only for full-time students. The first round of fall MFTC applications goes to review February 1. After February 1, MFTC applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full. Please note: all components of your application must be in before it may be reviewed.
Students may apply for Special Student status and take some MFTC classes in the spring semesters. However, acceptance as a Special Student does not guarantee acceptance to the MFTC program for the following fall.
Application requirements for the Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling program include the following:
- Application Form
- Application Fee
- Recent Photo
- Testimony & Reason Essays
- References (Pastoral, Academic, and General)
- All Necessary Transcripts
- Personal & Professional Profile
- Background Check*
- Personal Interview*
For more information about the application form, fee, photo, essays, references, transcripts, and Personal & Professional Profile, please visit our general Application Process.
*The GRE, Background Check, and Personal Interview are specific to the MFTC program; please see below for more details.
Graduate Record Exam
The GRE is required for application to the Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling program. Before taking the GRE, we encourage applicants to download a practice test in order to become familiar with the types of questions on the exam. However, we have found that investing significant study time in preparation for the GRE generally does not improve one's testing scores. For application to the MFTC program, we only consider the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the test (we do not consider the Analytical Writing section), and we have found that a combined score of 300 on these two sections (on the new test as of Aug 2011, which is roughly the equivalent of 1000 on the old test) correlates with academic success in the program.
For reporting purposes our school code is 1646. GRE scores are valid for five years.
When MFTC students enter the counseling clinic, they work with children in a variety of contexts such as play therapy, adolescent therapy, and family therapy. Since MFTC students work closely with children, a background check is required as part of the application process.
The group that handles background checks for the seminary is Intellicorp. To complete this part of the MTFC application, visit: https://rts.volunteerportal.net. The fee for a background check ranges from $20 up to $100, depending on the states you've lived in. The results will automatically be reported to the seminary.
Instructions are as follows:
1. Log on to https://rts.volunteerportal.net
2. Review text on the Welcome Page, enter the password: rts5422! and click “I Agree”.
3. Enter personal information. (All fields marked with a “*” are required.)
4. Click “Next”.
5. Review all information to ensure its accuracy before proceeding.
(If you need to make any corrections you can click on the “Edit” link or the “Previous” button to return to the Personal Information page.)
6. Click “Next” or “Complete” to process your search.
Please note the following:
• If you Quit without clicking Save, the system will not save your information. Your background check will not be run. You will need to start over from the beginning when you return.
• If you click Save before you Quit, you will be provided with a reference code to enter when you return to the site to pick up where you left off.
• When returning to the site, click on this link on the Welcome Page: “If you are returning to finish a previous search, then click here.”
• Enter your last name and reference number to resume your previous search.
A personal interview (or meeting) with a member of the MFTC Admissions Committee is required. The Admissions Office will set this appointment up after your application has been submitted and your file has been reviewed.
Due to cultural differences between countries, RTS rarely admits international students to this program. Clinical training in the MFTC program comes from an American cultural perspective, and therefore might not be relevant to the counseling needs in your home country. As an alternative, you may wish to consider the Master of Arts in Missions program, with an emphasis in intercultural counseling or the Master of Divinity program, with an emphasis in counseling. These programs do not have clinical training as part of the coursework, but offer a good foundation for biblical counseling. However, if you are interested in an American program with clinical training, we suggest looking into other counseling programs that are located in urban areas large enough to offer the cultural diversity necessary for relevant practicums. Currently, this kind of cultural diversity does not exist in Jackson, Mississippi. However, it is our hope that as the Jackson metropolitan area grows, it will eventually offer the cultural diversity necessary for international students to be part of the MFTC program at RTS.
The Admissions Committee will examine the credentials submitted to determine each applicant's suitability for admission. Admission may be granted on the basis of these credentials alone, or the committee may also call for additional requirements.