Degree Requirements  60 credits

  • 42 credits – Core Studies
  • 15 credits – Research Methodology, Dissertation
  • 3 credits – Field Supervision of Counseling

Curriculum Delivery Model

  • Cohort model: Students move through the curriculum as a group. DA and PhD students take core 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
  • 4 year program of study

Courses:

  • MFRM810 Theology of Marriage and Family
  • MFRM815 Introduction to Systems Theory
  • MRFM820 Human Development and Family Systems
  • MRFM825 Adult Personality and Character Development
  • MRFM835 Human Sexuality
  • MRFM840 Theology of Marriage and Family Professional Paper
  • MRFM845 Advanced Family Systems Theory and Practice
  • MRFM850 Couples Therapy Theory and Practice
  • MRFM855 Holistic Approaches to Prevention and enrichment in Family Systems
  • MRFM860 Trauma and Family Systems
  • MRFM865 Assessment and Treatment of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • MRFM870 Diversity Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MRFM875 Professional Standards and Ethics
  • MRFM880 Systems Theory and Group Dynamics
  • MRFM885 Qualitative Research Methodology
  • MRFM886 Quantitative Research Methodology
  • MRFM905 Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MRFM910 Dissertation Proposal
  • MRFM920 Dissertation I
  • MRFM921 Dissertation II
  • MRFM922 Dissertation/Doctoral Project Continuation
  • Comprehensive Examinations

2020 Academic Calendar

Note: We enroll new students every May.

Spring 2020
Classes Begin: January 13
Cohorts 8 & 9 Residency: February 17-21
Last Day to Defend Project/Dissertation: March 15
Reading Period: April 13-25

Summer 2020
Classes Begin: May 11
Cohort 10 Residency: May 18-22
Cohorts 8 & 9 Residency: June 15-19
Reading Period: August 3-14

Fall 2020
Classes Begin: Monday, August 31
Comprehensive Exams for Cohort 7: September 7-11
Cohorts 8, 9, & 10 Residency: October 5-9
Reading Period: November 30 - December 11
Early Application Deadline: September 30
Application Deadline: December 15