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Marriage & Family Therapy

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

Ph.D. Mission Statement: 

The ULM Marriage and Family Therapy Doctor of Philosophy program is committed to a systemic orientation that fosters relational and contextual educational approaches in the field of marriage and family therapy.  Serving a diverse society, our mission is to promote competencies in systemic clinical practice, supervision, research, and scholarship. With a commitment to the classic foundations of family therapy and advancing the profession, we turn learning into relevant and ethical action for tomorrow’s innovators in research methods and systemic clinical scholarship (Revised, Fall 2017)

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Program Information (Revised Fall, 2017)

Program Description:

The Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares graduates for careers such as:

  • scholars/teachers
  • researchers
  • supervisors
  • senior clincians

The doctorate is a 69 credit hour (minimum) post Master's degree which integrates systemic oriented philosophy and theory, clinical practice, qualitative and quantitative research.

Students admitted to the program will have successfully completed a master's degree program from a regionally accredited institution.  Students must complete the standard curriculum of a Council of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited master's degree program prior to the doctoral curriculum.

Program Goals:

  1. To educate advanced systemically oriented clinicians and supervisors, proficient in the classic foundations of family therapy.
  2. To train innovators in systemic clinical scholarship and research.
  3. To prepare advanced practitioners to be sensitive to issues of diversity and professional ethics.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Appraise and defend a classic foundational systemic clinical and supervision philosophy and theory.
  2. Defend competence in ethical practice with a sensitivity to contextual and systemic dynamics.
  3. Defend competence in systemic scholarship.

Faculty Goals for Effectiveness:

  1. Faculty will maintain an active research agenda. 
  2. Faculty will maintain a systemically and ethically orientated clinical and/or supervision practice.
  3. Faculty will provide service to the profession and/or university. 
  4. Faculty will offer an effectively taught systemically oriented curriculum. 
  5. Faculty will show an overall commitment to diversity and diversity issues


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NOTE:This information is provided as a reference only and is subject to change. Always verify all curriculum information with your faculty advisor or the dean's office. For complete curricular information, see the ULM Course Catalog.


Welcome Letter

Degree Plan Sheet - Entering 2017 or after

Typical Course Sequence - 2016 & after

MFT Policies and Information

Ph.D. Program Handbook

Ph.D. Clinic Handbook

Dissertation Committee Form

Admission Procedures

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