Dyane Watson, Ph.D., LMFT
Department Chair and Interim Director of Doctoral Programs
The 72-credit doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University seeks to prepare scholars who will advance research, theory, and teaching in the field of marriage and family therapy. Students are prepared primarily for research, teaching, and supervisory 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 (* see note below). Additional requirements include 12 credits of advanced theory and practice; 12 credits of advanced research methodology; 3 credits of elective; 6 credits of advanced practicum; and 6 credits of dissertation. Some research courses have prerequisite knowledge requirements that may need to be met by taking a statistics course as the elective (e.g., HFS 621). Requirements also include a 9-month clinical internship and satisfactory completion of the doctoral qualifying examination and the doctoral dissertation and related oral examination.
Up to 33 credits may be transferred from an accredited master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (or its equivalent).
Assistantships are offered for four years and cover the credits required for degree completion. If 33 credits from an M.A/M.S. in MFT or equivalent are transferred in, then this would be equal to 39 scholarship credits.
Funding is dependent on satisfactory standing in the program as determined by the faculty through annual reviews of academic performance and scholarship. Annual reviews are completed at the end of summer semester each year.
Additional information regarding graduate financial aid can be found at https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/funding/
Part-time students are not admitted into the PhD program.
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.