The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral program is: to develop students' professional identities as couple and family therapists; to prepare students’ to engage in high quality scholarship advancing the MFT profession; and to become highly competent, ethically-minded clinicians 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:
Examples of learning opportunities include:
You should apply for admission to the Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Science and complete the supplemental MFT Information (application form). Applicants must demonstrate clinical training as part of the supplemental MFT information, preference will be given to students with degrees from marriage and family therapy programs or evidence of systemic intervention training. 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.
The MFT doctoral program embodies the overall missions of the University of Georgia through a commitment to excellence resulting in: students and faculty being recognized for their achievements both nationally and internationally; active recruitment of diverse and well-prepared cohorts; student and faculty scholarship that disseminates innovation in the field of couple and family therapy and therapist training; and high quality clinical services provided to the Athens-area community using a holistic, collaborative, interdisciplinary approach through the Aspire Clinic.