The Couple and Family Therapy program is committed to developing researcher-clinicians who make significant research contributions to the way we understand individuals, couples and families in an effort to advance the field of couple and family therapy and having a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we live and work.

  • Systemic and relational thinking emphasized in the program enables students to think critically and innovatively about enduring problems.
  • Faculty help students apply the systemic and relational thinking to the strong research training they gain in the program to be able to address the areas they want to learn more about.    

The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program prepares professionals for CFT leadership roles in academic and research settings. Using a social justice and a relational/systemic perspective, the program prepares CFTs to become ethically and multicultural responsive scholars, clinicians, supervisors, and educators.

Ph.D. Couple and Family Therapy


Students admitted to this residential doctoral program must have a master’s degree in couple and family therapy or marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE accredited program. CFT students have the opportunity to participate in faculty research, teach at the college level, and hone their clinical and supervisory skills.

Note: CFT is based in the traditional Marriage and Family Therapy education that is associated with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The CFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Admission, Application, & Program Requirements

Application Deadline

January 1 for fall.

For the best consideration for financial aid, early applications are strongly encouraged. Applications to the Ph.D. program is rolling process. Faculty consideration of applications begins January 15 for fall entry. You will be notified once a decision regarding your application has been made.


Program Coordinator