CFT Curricula

Ph.D in HDFS, Concentration in Couple and Family Therapy

Core Department Requirements (48 credit hours)

  • HDFS 901 Contemporary Scholarship in Human Development and Family Studies (3)
  • HDFS 999 Doctoral Dissertation Credits (24)
  • Methodology and Statistics: 7 courses (21)
    • HDFS 982 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
    • HDFS 983 Advanced Methods in Intervention Research (3)
    • HDFS 892 Grant Writing in Human Development and Family Studies (3)
    • HDFS 880 Research Design and Measurement (3)
    • HDFS 881 Quantitative Methods in Research (3)
    • HDFS 892 Multivariate Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling (3)
    • Elective in research design or statistics course approved by committee (3)

Core Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Requirements (18 credit hours)

  • HDFS 888 Diverse Families and Communities: Intervention Strategies (3)
  • HDFS 910 Contemporary CFT Theories (3)
  • HDFS 911 Outcome Research: What works in CFT Therapies (3)
  • HDFS 892/994 Advanced Evidence-Based Couple/Marital Therapy (3)
  • HDFS 903 Evidence-Based Child and Family Therapy (3)
  • HDFS 995 Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision (3)

Clinical Requirements (3-13 credit hours)

  • HDFS 993 Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy (3-13)
  • Doctoral students are required to complete a total of 1,000 hours of direct client contact before graduating (pre-doctoral and doctoral hours combined)

Minimum credits in the doctoral program: 69 required credit hours, including 24 dissertation credit hours and at least 3 credit hours of internship

NOTE: Students entering the doctoral concentration in Couple and Family Therapy will be required to meet the equivalent of the master’s Standard Curriculum of the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).