Linda Stone Fish, Ph.D., Graduate Director
Deborah Coolhart, Thom deLara, Joseph P. Fanelli, Rashmi Gangamma, Linda Stone Fish, Dyane Watson
The 72 credit doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University seeks to prepare scholars who will advance theory, research, and teaching in the field of marriage and family therapy. Students are prepared primarily for teaching, supervisory, and research positions in graduate degree-granting institutions, training institutes, and health care settings. The program builds upon a clinical Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is designed to provide students with an understanding of advanced theory in marriage and family therapy with expertise in process and outcome research methodology in marriage and family therapy.
The Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
A completed master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, or the equivalent, is required. GRE’s are required for all students applying to the PH.D. program. An admissions committee consisting of MFT faculty members will consider requests for admission to the program.
Doctoral Degree Requirements
The Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy requires 72 credits. Students are allowed to transfer up to 33 credit hours from an M.A. in MFT or equivalent. Additional requirements include 12 credits of advanced theory and practice; 12 credits of advanced research methodology; 3 credits of elective; 3 credits of advanced practicum; and 9 credits of dissertation. Requirements also include a 9-month clinical internship and satisfactory completion of the doctoral qualifying examination and the doctoral dissertation and related oral examination.
The doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University prepares students for teaching, supervisory, and research positions in graduate degree-granting institutions, training institutes, and health care settings.
Up to 33 credits may be transferred from an accredited master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (or its equivalent).
Students are required to spend a minimum of one year in residence (full-time study).
Per University Rules and Regulations, graduate students must earn a minimum average of 3.0 for work comprising the program for the degree or certificate and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.