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Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

Online Non-Clinical Program (Concentration in Systemic Studies)

Program Requirements  Program Application Deadline

Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) 


Master's degree from a college or university accredited and recognized at the institutional level by the US Department of Education (USDOE).

*This program has additional requirements for admission for consideration by the program's admission committee.

Fall Admission Only

Apply by 
February 1
for priority consideration.

Applications received after the February 1
deadline will only be considered
based on program capacity.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program accredited?
This program is nonclinical in emphasis and this course of study does not prepare graduates to be eligible for the Marriage and Family Therapist license.  

What is the average length of the program?
The program can be completed in three years. Most graduates take between three to five years to complete the program.

Can I apply if I don't have a background in Marriage and Family Therapy?
Applicants with a Masters degree in a licensable mental health clinical discipline are preferred, however, this is not a requirement. Those applicants without such a background will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Can I attend as a part-time student?
The program is a cohort model and all students are full-time.

Can I get a graduate assistantship?
Graduate assistantships are not offered for the online program.

When will I be notified regarding an admissions decision?
If you have been selected for an online interview, you will be notified by mid-March. If you are accepted to the program, you will receive notification in writing by the first week in April.

Next steps...

Ready to apply?
We recommend that you submit your application, transcripts, and test scores well in advance of published deadlines. For more information about the Graduate School admission process, as well as the online application, click here.

Graduate Catalog
The catalog outlines university policies, tuition and fees, extensive program and degree information.  Click on the link below for catalog information specific to the program.

Marriage and Family Therapy, Online Ph.D.

Still have questions? 

Contact our program coordinator for more information:


Dr. Samuel Shannon
Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Strauss Hall 363



ULM Graduate School
Sandel Hall Room 243
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209

7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(318) 342-1036