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Marriage & Family Therapy

Doctoral Program

Applicant Selection Criteria

Students admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program will have successfully completed a master's degree from a COAMFTE accredited marriage and family therapy Masters Degree program or an appropriate social science discipline such as counseling, psychology, sociology, psychiatric, pastoral counseling, or social work that provides coursework equivalent to COAMFTE standard. 

Ideal applicants for admissions to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program will meet the following criteria:

  1. Meet admission requirements for the University of Louisiana at Monroe Graduate School
  2. Have a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.50
  3. Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 297 (Verbal and Quantitative)
  4. Demonstrate evidence of both academic competency and clinical skills or the potential for clinical competency.
  5. Present evidence of relevant work experience

Finalist in the application process will be required to have a personal interview with the MFT doctoral admissions committee, to which they will bring a written response to an article in the field of marriage and family therapy. 

Application Process
Step 1:  Apply to the ULM Graduate School by February 1

Graduate Admissions
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Hannah Hall Room 241
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209

Step 2:  Apply to the ULM Marriage and Family Therapy Doctor of Philosophy Program by February 1

MFT Doctoral Program Admissions Committee
Marriage and Family Therapy Program
College of Health & Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Strauss Hall #371
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA  71209

Step 3:  Graduate School Admission Decision

Upon receipt of your application materials sent to the Graduate School, your application will be reviewed.  You will receive a letter advising you of your Graduate School admissions status from the Director of Graduate School.

Step 4:  MFT Doctoral Program Admission Decision

Upon admission to the Graduate School, your Marriage and Family Therapy specific application will be reviewed by the MFT Admissions Committee.

Note:  Admission to Graduate School DOES NOT automatically ensure admission to the MFT Program.

If selected by the MFT Admissions Committee, you will receive an invitation to attend the doctoral interviews, when scheduled. 

Following the interviews, you will receive an official letter regarding your admission status to the MFT Program.

Upon receipt of an official letter of acceptance into the MFT Program:

  1. Please send a letter of your acceptance or refusal to the MFT Doctoral Program Admissions Committee at the above address.
  2. You will then receive a letter from the MFT program regarding necessary coursework for the fall semester and a class schedule with information on how to register online.
  3. Register for classes online at https://banner.ulm.edu
  4. Please Note:  Keep your telephone number(s) and/or address(es) current with both the Graduate School and the MFT Program.

Related Resources and Links

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.


Degree Plan Sheet - before 2016

Degree Plan Sheet - 2016 & after

Typical Course Sequence - before 2015

Typical Course Sequence - 2015

Typical Course Sequence - 2016 & after

Ph.D. Handbook: Policies & Procedures

Ph.D. Clinic Handbook

Dissertation Committee Form

Admission Procedures

Admission Application

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