146 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs Admissions Requirements— Degree Programs The couple and family therapy programs evaluate the overall quality of applicants, including academic achievement, personal motivation, knowledge about the family therapy profession and health care, life experiences, and recommendations. Criteria for admission to the M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy degree program are • a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university • a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework OR a master’s degree from a different field with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better OR a total score of 300 or higher on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the past five years Criteria for admission to the Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy or the D.M.F.T. degree programs are • a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution • a GPA of 3.5 or better for applicant’s master’s degree OR a total score of 300 or higher on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, taken within the past five years Application Procedures— Degree Programs Applicants may apply for the doctoral programs in the fall term. They may apply for the M.S. program in either the summer or the fall term. Applicants may contact the Office of Admissions at (954) 262-1101 or 877-640-0218 or access the Department of Couple and Family Therapy website (osteopathic.nova.edu/ft) for exact deadline and start dates. All application materials should be sent to Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Couple and Family Therapy Admissions 3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905 Transcripts can be sent electronically from the originating college/university to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants must provide the following: • a completed application, along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee (online application at apply.nova.edu) • official transcripts of all coursework attempted by the applicant at all colleges and universities • two academic or professional letters of recommendation (three letters for a doctoral program) written in the past year • a résumé or curriculum vitae • a sample of academic writing, either – a copy of an academic paper – a piece of professional writing • a personal statement (admission essay) that – is minimum 500 words – explains why applicant is interested in the couple and family therapy program being applied to – explains the applicant’s professional goals – p rovides an assessment of the applicant’s ability to manage the challenges of graduate school – i ncludes any other information applicant would like to provide • a demonstration of English proficiency (any applicant whose native language is not English or who has graduated from a college or university where English is not the primary language, regardless of U.S. residency status) The standardized tests below currently satisfy NSU’s, and this program’s, English requirement for nonnative speakers. For a full list of English proficiency tests that are accepted by the university, please visit the website for NSU’s Office of International Affairs at nova.edu/internationalaffairs /students/prospective/language_proficiency.html. – Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 213 on the computer-based or 79–80 on the Internetbased test – International English Language Testing System (IELTS): score of 6.0 – Duolingo English Proficiency: score of at least 100 It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for all transcripts to be sent. A final transcript of all the applicant’s work up to the time of matriculation must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation.