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Marriage & Family Therapy and Counseling Studies

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy


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, 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 systemic clinical scholarship.

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Program Information

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 Outcomes:
1. Foster student learning outcomes and faculty outcomes, which contribute to the development of systemic practice, supervision, teaching, and scholarship.
2.Attain and Maintain COAMFTE Accreditation.
3. Appeal to and employ a culturally diverse faculty.
4. Appeal to and admit an increasingly culturally diverse student body.
5. Prepare students to serve a culturally diverse society.

Ph.D. Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Appraise and defend classic foundational systemic philosophy and theory.
2. Defend competencies in the practice and supervision of a systemic orientation to marriage and family therapy.
3. Defend competence in systemic scholarship.
Faculty Members will:
1. Maintain an active research agenda in classic foundational systemic philosophy and theory and other professional contributions. 
2. Maintain a systemically and ethically orientated clinical and/or supervision practice. 
3. Provide service to the profession, community, and university.  
4. Create/Maintain/Teach a systemically oriented curriculum.
5.  Demonstrate their ability to address diversity issues in each course.

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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 before 2016

Degree Plan Sheet - Entering 2016

Degree Plan Sheet - Entering 2017 or 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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