Marriage and Family Therapy (Ph.D.) Download PDF Version

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School Dean

Aaron M. Tyler, Ph.D.


Counseling & Human Services

Program Director

Carolyn Tubbs, Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into St. Mary's University Graduate School, you will need to submit the following (along with application):

  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • (2) Official Transcripts reflecting your degree earned.
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Official TOEFL Scores (80 Computer based) (international students only)
  • Financial Guarantee (international students only)

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Admission is granted only to those who show high promise of success in doctoral study. Generally, students must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for admission:
  1. Have a Bachelor's Degree (for non-Master's entry) or Master's Degree in Counseling or a related area (for Master's entry) from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have the equivalent of two years full-time work experience as a professional counselor (post-Master's degree). This may be waived under exceptional circumstances.
  3. Satisfactory scores on the General Test of the GRE are required.
  4. Have positive recommendations from past employers relating to professional counseling experience, as well as from faculties of previous undergraduate/graduate studies.
  5. Have a positive recommendation from the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Counseling.
  6. A successful interview with department faculty.
  7. Show potential in the area of research and writing, as evidenced by previous coursework and/or experience.
  8. Students who meet the minimum criteria are not guaranteed admission. Enrollment is limited to approximately ten full-time equivalent students per year, and each individual's application is evaluated as a whole, taking into account his or her strengths, weaknesses, background, and personal goals. The faculty also attempts to assess the personal characteristics of applicants and to admit for study those individuals who are judged to have the greatest potential for success in the academic program and as professional practitioners after graduation. Generally, the selection process involves choosing among highly qualified applicants, rather than qualified and unqualified applicants.

Degree Requirements

PhD Marriage & Family Therapy (72hrs)

Course # Course Title Hours
General Course Requirements (39hrs):
CN6352Family Systems of Care3
CN7385Marriage & Family Therapy Outcome Research3
CN8223Doctoral Seminar (min 3 times)6
CN8374Critical Theory & Social Justice in Marriage & Family Therapy3
CN8325Process of Supervision in Marriage & Family Therapy3
CN8350Family Social Science Theories3
CN8356Advanced Theories of Marriage & Family Therapy I3
CN8357Advanced Theories of Marriage & Family Therapy II3
CN8381Advanced Research Methods I3
CN8382Advanced Research Methods II3
CN8390Doctoral Dissertation Proposal3
CN8390Doctoral Dissertation Defense3
Required Clinical Courses (21hrs)
CN7141Special Practicum in Marriage & Family Therapy
(4-1 hour Practica)
CN8215Supervision Practicum in Marriage & Family Therapy2
CN8235Doctoral Person of the Therapist (taken 3 times)6
CN8363Doctoral Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy3
CN8364Doctoral Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy II3
CN8365Doctoral Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy III3
Required Marriage & Family Therapy Concentration Courses (6hrs):
CN8376Qualitative Research3
CN8375Working With Latino Families3
Elective Courses ( 6hrs):
Total hours72

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