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Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

Program Requirements Graduate School Application Deadline  Program Application Deadline Additional Program Application Required?
Minimum combined score of 1000 (converted) on the GRE 

Minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) 

Minimum formula score of 1875 (GPA x GRE)
For Fall 2016
apply by
March 1, 2016
For Fall 2016
apply by 
March 1, 2016

Click here to download program application


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program accredited?
Yes. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

What is the average length of the program?
The program can be completed in three years. The maximum amount of time allowed, without an approved extension, is six years. Our graduates generally take a little less than 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 a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, or the equivalent. Students without a background in MFT must take prerequisite courses to achieve the equivalency of a master's degree in the field. The exact number of prerequisite courses each student needs cannot be determined without a thorough review of applicant transcripts. Please note that transcripts will not be reviewed unless application to the University has been made and the application fee has been paid.

Can I attend as a part-time student?
No. The program is a cohort model and cannot accept part-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?
Please submit your application, transcripts, and test scores well in advance of deadlines published above. For more information about the Graduate School admission process, as well as the online application, please click here.

Program Cost
ULM has long been known for providing quality education at an affordable cost. Cost per credit hour varies based upon the number credit hours taken per semester, and approximate tuition and fee information is provided by the University Controller. Approximate cost of attendance can be found here.

Graduate Catalog
The catalog outlines university policies, tuition and fees, extensive program and degree information, and serves as your primary resource for all matters pertaining to your graduate studies and campus life. Click the link below for catalog information specific to this program.

Marriage and Family Therapy, Ph.D.

Still have questions? 

Contact our program coordinator for more information:

Dr. Jana Sutton
Graduate Coordinator and Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy
College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Strauss Hall 306