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Child Development and Family Studies

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Child Development and Family Studies. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

  • Transcripts
  • GRE Test - Code 1638
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Autobiographical Statement

    A 1,000 word autobiographical statement which contains the following information (uploaded in the application system under Miscellaneous Supporting Documents)

    a. reasons for wanting to become a marriage and family therapist;
    b. personal history, and how it has led to your decision;
    c. professional history, and how it has led to your decision;
    d. professional goals;
    e. personal characteristics that will contribute to your being a good family therapist.
    f. experience and education/training you have with diverse populations.

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen January 8, 2018 No Entry No Entry
International January 8, 2018 No Entry No Entry

Contact Information Mailing Address
Web Sites of Interest
Name: Joyce Ivey, Secretary
Phone: (219) 989-2027 
Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Purdue University Northwest 
2200 - 169th Street, ECTR-144
Hammond, IN 46323


Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Contact Joyce Ivey

Additional International Applicant Requirements:

  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not required, but recommended

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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