Curriculum Overview

Degree Requirements - 48 Credits

42 credits – Core Studies
3 credits – Doctoral Project
3 credits – Field Supervision of Counseling

Curriculum Delivery Model

  • Cohort model: Students move through the curriculum as a group. DA and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy Students take coursework together for the first two years of study.
  • Blended Online and Residency instructional format with a one-week residency of intensive classroom instruction and 14 weeks of online coursework.  Attendance at residency weeks is mandatory.
  • Three terms per year: May-August, September-December, January-April
  • Two courses (6 credits) per term
  • Three year program of study

DA Marriage and Family Therapy Studies Courses (3 credits each)

  • MRFM 810 Theology of Marriage and Family 
  • MRFM 815 Introduction to Systems Theory 
  • MRFM 820 Human Development and Family Systems  
  • MRFM 825 Adult Personality and Character Development  
  • MRFM 835 Human Sexuality 
  • MRFM 840 Theology of Marriage and Family Professional Paper  
  • MRFM 845 Advanced Family Systems Theory and Practice 
  • MRFM 850 Couples Therapy Theory and Practice  
  • MRFM 855 Holistic Approaches to Prevention and Enrichment in Family Systems
  • MRFM 860 Trauma and Family Systems 
  • MRFM 865 Assessment and Treatment of Addictions & Co-occurring Disorders 
  • MRFM 870 Diversity Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy  
  • MRFM 875 Professional Standards and Ethics   
  • MRFM 880 Systems Theory and Group Dynamics
  • MRFM 900  Doctoral Project  
  • MRFM 905 Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Comprehensive Examinations

The basic calendar framework is three years.

2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Summer 2017
Classes begin: Monday, May 8
Cohort 7 Residency: May 8-12
Cohort 5 & 6 Residency: June 12-16
Reading Period: July 28 - August 11

Fall 2017
Classes begin: Monday, August 28
Cohorts 5, 6, 7 Residency: October 2-6
Reading Period: November 24 - December 8

Spring 2018
Classes begin: Monday, January 8
Application Deadline: January 15
Cohorts 6 & 7 Residency: February 19-23
Comprehensive Exams for Cohort 5: March 19-23
Last Day to Defend Dissertation: March 30
DA Research Symposium: April 9
Reading Period: April 6-20

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