Eastern Launches 100% Online Doctoral Programs in Marriage and Family Therapy

St. Davids, PA: Eastern University is excited to announce it is now offering a 100% online Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. The new programs are built on the success of Eastern’s prior hybrid doctoral programs in Marriage and Family Therapy, but are designed to meet the growing demand for 100% online offerings.

Eastern’s thoughtfully-designed programs are curated for those looking to expand their hearts and minds while developing skills to meet the unique challenges of counseling theories and practice in today’s world.

Both degree programs are 60 credits and include courses in the theology of marriage and family therapy, couples therapy, trauma and family systems, diversity issues,  holistic approaches, professional ethics, and more. To qualify for the program, students must have completed a master’s degree in a related field and have at least 6 graduate credits in human development across the lifespan.

The DMFT and PhD in MFT overlap in coursework in some areas but offer students the opportunity to choose different focus areas and applications, depending on which program they select. The DMFT is more clinical and ends with a doctoral project, while the PhD takes a more research-focused approach with the final assignment being a dissertation. It is crucial for students to think about exactly what they want to accomplish through the program before choosing a path.

“A career in Marriage and Family Therapy offers graduates the chance to truly impact the lives of individuals, couples, and families,” says Kristen Poppa, Chair and Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy. “The DMFT and PhD in MFT are designed to integrate psychology and Christianity and offer an enriching curriculum for students looking to expand their hearts and minds in the field of counseling, and change the world with their expertise and care.” 

The mission of these programs is to train students in professional mental health and pastoral counseling fields to be skilled practitioners promoting change and growth in their communities. Graduates will leave their programs prepared for leadership roles in academia, research, behavioral healthcare, pastoral care, and more.

Learn more about the Online Doctor in Marriage and Family Therapy or the Online PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy.

About Eastern University

Eastern University is a Christian university enrolling approximately 7,500 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs. The university’s main campus is located in St. Davids, PA, with many programs available online. Eastern’s core values of faith, reason, and justice are woven into all of its educational programs. For more information visit eastern.edu or contact Ally Rosario, Director of Marketing & Communications: ally.rosario@eastern.edu.