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Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy

Degree Plan

This is a cohort-style program and you'll take 6 credit hours per semester. Download a sample degree plan or see more details by logging into your Ramlink account. This sample is meant to be a guide — work with your advisor to create a plan that is right for you.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy, Ph.D.

To successfully complete the program, a student must complete the core courses and the required courses (a total of 68 credit hours.)

Required Courses

Foundation Courses*

COU 6320 Principles of Couple Therapy 3 Credits
COU 6321 Strat for Intervent in Family Therapy 3 Credits
COU 6322 Family Systems 3 Credits
COU 6323 Family of Origin 3 Credits

MFT Core Curriculum

To successfully complete the program, a student must complete the core courses, research courses, practica, and dissertation.

MFT 8320 Adv Marriage/Fam Therapy 3 Credits
MFT 8321 Theory Bldg Family Sciences 3 Credits
MFT 8322 Theories of the Family 3 Credits
MFT 8323 Substance Abuse in Family 3 Credits
MFT 8324 Cur Res/Iss of Pro Dev & Eth in MFT 3 Credits
MFT 8325 Neurosci/Pharma for Fam Therap 3 Credits
MFT 8326 Sexuality & Family Therapy 3 Credits
MFT 8333 Supervision in Fam Therapy 3 Credits

One of these two courses, MFT 8323 or MFT 8326, may be waived with provided documentation of licensure as a AASECT or LCDC. 

Research Curriculum

MFT 8302 Princ of Educa Research 3 Credits
MFT 8304 Quant Design, Stat & Analysis 3 Credits
MFT 8305 Qualita Design & Analysis 3 Credits
MFT 8307 Statist Methods of Inquiry 3 Credits

Practica

MFT 8414 MFT Practicum I 4 Credits
MFT 8415 MFT Practicum II 4 Credits
MFT 8416 MFT Practicum III 4 Credits
MFT 8417 MFT Practicum IV - Teaching & Clinical 4 Credits

Comprehensive Exam

MFT 8118 Comprehensive Exam Prep 1 Credit

Dissertation Courses

MFT 8328 Disserta Design & Proposal 3 Credits
MFT 8329 Disserta Data Collect Analysis 3 Credits
MFT 8330 Disserta Data Collect Analysis Dissertation Defense 3 Credits

On-Campus OR Study Abroad Options

Students are required to complete both on-campus courses, OR both study abroad courses. Participation in study abroad requires enrolling in six hours and may be taken once. Students who are interested in Study Abroad should consult with their advisor.

On-Campus Courses

MFT 8331 American Families in Crisis 3 Credits
MFT 8334 Mft Final Master Study 3 Credits

Study Abroad Courses

MFT 8370 Fam Therapy/Crisis Intervention 3 Credits
MFT 8371 Final Masters Study 3 Credits

Total Hours (68)

* Based on the master’s transcript evaluation, program hours will be increased for students without the appropriate graduate coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy due to the addition of foundation courses.

Year 1

Fall Semester 

Course Credit Hours

MFT 8320 Advanced Marriage & Family Therapy

3
MFT 8321 Theory Building in Family Sciences  3

Spring Semester 

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8322 Theories of the Family 3
MFT 8325 Neuroscience/Psychopharmacology for Family Therapists 3

Summer Semester

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8324 Current Research & Issues in Professional Development for MFT 3
MFT 8323 Substance Abuse in the Family 3

 

Year 2

Fall Semester 

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8326 Sexuality and Family Therapy 3
MFF 8302 Principles of Education Research  3

Spring Semester 

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8331 American Families in Crisis  3
MFT 8307 Statist Methods of Inquiry  3

Summer Semester 

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8414 Marriage & Family Practicum I 3
MFT 8416 Quantitative Design, Statistics, and Analysis 3
MFT 8334 Final Master Study 3
Year 3

Fall Semester 

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8305 Qualitative Design & Analysis  3
MFT 8415 Marriage & Family Practicum II 3

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8333 Supervision in Fam Therapy   3
MFT 8416 Marriage & Family Practicum III 3

Summer Semester 

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8118 Comprehensive Exam Preparation 3
MFT 8417 Marriage & Family Practicum IV 3
Year 4

Fall Semester 

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8328 Dissertation Design and Proposal 3

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8329 Dissertation Data Collection & Analysis  3

Summer Semester 

Course Credit Hours
MFT 8330 Dissertation Defense 3