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
  • New students begin in May
  • 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
  • MRFM922 Dissertation/Doctoral Project Continuation
  • Comprehensive Examinations

2021 Calendar

Note: We enroll new students every May.

Spring 2021
Classes Begin: January 19
Cohorts 9 & 10 Residency: February 15-19
Last Day to Defend Project/Dissertation: March 15
Reading Period: April 19-30

Summer 2021
Classes Begin: May 10
Cohort 11 Residency: May 17-21
Cohorts 9 & 10 Residency: June 14-18
Reading Period: August 2-13

Fall 2021
Classes Begin: Monday, August 30
Cohorts 9, 10, & 11 Residency: October 4-8
Reading Period: November 29 - December 10
Early Application Deadline: September 30
Application Deadline: December 15