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Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

Program Requirements  Program Application Deadline

Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) 


Master's degree from a regionally accredited university in a related discipline such as marriage and family therapy, child and family development, psychology, counseling, sociology, psychiatric nursing, pastoral counseling, and social work.

*This program has additional admission requirements 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?
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

What is the average length of the program?
Most graduates take between three and four years to complete the program.

Can I apply if I don't have a background in Marriage and Family Therapy?
Applicants to the PhD program must have either a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or the equivalent. Applicants without a master's degree in MFT must take prerequisite courses to achieve the equivalency of a master's degree in the field.
Note:  Application to the University must be made, and the application fee paid, to receive a transcript review.

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

Can I get a graduate assistantship?
Graduate assistantships at the doctoral level generally include (but are not limited to) research assistant positions and Assistant Director of Clinical Services. If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, please fill out the application and recommendation forms included in the program application packet.

When will I be notified regarding an admissions decision?
If you have been selected for an on-campus 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, Ph.D.

Still have questions? 

Contact our program coordinator for more information:

Dr. Jana Sutton
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Strauss Hall 362


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