We develop students' professional identities as couple and family therapists and scholars. To develop all facets of professional identity, the program is guided by the scientist-practitioner model and biopsychosocial model. The program is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).


You are provided opportunities to:

  1. Build clinical skills in family therapy practice
  2. Gain research skills that focus on individuals, couples, and families
  3. Develop quality teaching skills

Examples of learning opportunities include:

  • Clinical practice and supervision
  • Cultivating critical analytical skills through class assignments and projects
  • Acquiring knowledge and skills in research methods and statistics courses
  • Conducting research independently and with faculty members
  • Teaching classes
  • Presenting at national and state conferences
  • Publishing scholarly articles

Upon graduating, you will:

  1. Be able to conduct rigorous research focusing on relationships, present research findings at national conferences, and publish articles in scholarly journals.
  2. Enhance skills necessary to teach university classes, lead psychoeducational groups, and conduct workshops.
  3. Gain clinical and supervisory skills to ethically treat a variety of clinical issues and presenting problems.

Program Strengths

  • Faculty members have diverse clinical and research interests.
  • Faculty members are recognized at the national level for their scholarly work.
  • Financial support is provided through graduate assistantships.
  • Financial support for travel to national and state conferences is often provided.
  • The academic environment supports the development of quantitative and qualitative research skills.


You should apply for admission to the Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Science and complete the supplemental MFT Information (application form). Qualified students will be invited to an on-campus interview prior to admission to the MFT program. Students interested in a Master's degree in MFT should check www.aamft.org for a listing of accredited MFT Master's programs.

Most students complete the HDFS Ph.D. program and MFT emphasis within 5 years with a minimum time of 4 years and maximum time of 10 years.

The MFT Program is only available at the doctoral level; we do not offer a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.