Brigham Young University

School of Family Life

Marriage and Family Therapy - Doctorate


500 Campus Drive

Provo, UT 84602

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD Marriage and Family Therapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Marriage and Family Therapy—Master Degree The MS program in MFT trains persons who will be outstanding clinicians, prepared to function in a wide variety of marriage and family therapy settings (e.g. mental health centers, private treatment programs, hospitals, private practice, etc.). The curriculum is based on the licensure requirements of most states and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. The master degree is the basic credential for independent practice in marriage and family therapy. Marriage and Family Therapy—Doctoral Degree The PhD program in MFT has three interrelated emphases--clinical practice, teaching/supervision, and research. BYU offers three options for the PhD degree in MFT. 1) Students who already have an MFT master degree from an accredited institution should complete the program in approximately three years. 2) Post-baccalaureate PhD students follow the MS program during the first two years. After completing the master’s program and thesis requirement, the student may apply to the PhD program. Upon being admitted to the doctoral program, the student may complete the PhD program which requires an additional three years. 3) Students who have a clinical, but non-MFT master degree program, such as Social Work, should complete the program in approximately four years. The master’s curriculum is followed until MFT master degree curriculum not present in a student’s previous clinical program has been completed. When all requirements for licensure in MFT are completed, the student then begins the PhD curriculum.


Accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and AAMFT

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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