KPCOM accepts applications to the doctoral programs from any person who possesses, or is in the process of completing a master's degree from a regionally accredited university. Doctoral applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their master's program. Applicants must possess a master's degree before beginning doctoral studies.
The Department of Couple and Family Therapy faculty, carefully consider a number of factors when choosing applicants for the Ph.D. programs including: knowledge of systemic theory as it relates to various approaches of family therapy, level of prior clinical experience, evidence of commitment to advanced graduate training in the social sciences, interpersonal style, prior graduate GPA, and professional English writing skills.
The Ph.D. program enrolls once a year in the fall. To ensure that your application is complete, please use the checklist below and follow the detailed instructions provided for each item. All documents that are submitted to the University will need to include your name on each page. NSU recommends that you start the application process at least 1-2 months prior to the deadline date. Note: Documents should be submitted in Word (.docx, .doc) or Acrobat (.pdf) formats only.
Due to the competitive application pool, it is recommended that an applicant starts the application process at least 1-2 months prior to the deadline dates. The Office of Admissions processes applications on a year-round basis. Applicants may apply for matriculation into the program for Fall/August admission, only.
Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905
For International Students:
Nova Southeastern University
Attn: Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905
Fax unofficial documents to (954) 262-3609 or email Office of Graduate Admissions..
Official electronic transcripts must be sent to email@example.com .
If you have any questions about the admissions process, you may contact the office of admissions at 800-541-6682 or (239) 274-6952 or by email.
The doctoral review process is comprised of a faculty committee review and an interview. After submitting all required documents, the application file is sent to a faculty committee for review. Based on the merit of the submitted documents, the committee will invite a select group of applicants for an interview. 1
Depending on the time of year, the review process may take a few weeks. At any time during the review process, applicants may check their status online via the application portal. Once a decision has been made, notification is sent via email to the address on file
Resident Alien students are required to submit a copy of their Resident Alien card. International Students who reside outside the United States at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a 213 on the computer-based test or 79-80 on the Internet based test. For a full list of English proficiency tests that are accepted by the university, please visit International Students. Test scores must be submitted to the admissions office. For a TOEFL application information, visit the Web site at TOEFL or write to
Educational Testing Services
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. While there are several credential evaluators, the most widely used companies are listed below or visit NACES.
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, New York
Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
1 An ample amount of time and notification will be given for the applicant to make appropriate travel, lodging, and arrival arrangements.
Please note that NSU reserves the right to rescind or place conditions upon admissions offers should information become available that calls into question an admitted student’s academic performance or character, including that which reflects a violation of NSU’s Code of Student Conduct.
Prospective Students are expected to review the Ph.D. Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement https://osteopathic.nova.edu/ft/forms/family-therapy-phd-disclosure.pdf and sign the Ph.D. Informed acknowledgment of potential differences in MFT licensure requirements across state/provincial regulatory bodies Form before entering the program https://osteopathic.nova.edu/ft/forms/informed-acknowledgement---ph.d.pdf. The signed form is submitted to the program office prior to admission. The program director and faculty discuss the information with the prospective students, as mentioned in the links above, during the admission interviews. Prospective students are welcome to contact the program director in case of inquiries (see links above for more information).
Transfer students must meet the program admissions criteria. The courses that may be transferred into the program will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content, and rigor to those within the Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy program .
Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score =550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79). A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.
Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by contacting one of the companies at www.naces.org. International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by emailing International Students or visiting the International Students webpage.