Curriculum for the PH.D. Degree (Post-Master's option)

Brigham Young University offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Marriage and Family Therapy. Administratively this degree is housed in the School of Family Life. Students admitted to this program will have completed the Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or equivalent at another accredited institution. The Ph.D. degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Nine full-time faculty have primary instructional responsibility for the graduate program with support from the School of Family Life faculty. Major courses and clinical practica are conducted in the BYU Comprehensive Clinic which houses clinical psychology, speech and language disorders, audiology, and social work in addition to the marriage and family therapy program.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 63 credit hours (listed below). In addition, a minimum of 500 hours of direct client contact (with at least 251 being relational) are required for the Doctoral degree. Additional practicum experience is also available in various inpatient and outpatient medical and mental health facilities in the community once 200 clinical hours are completed in the Comprehensive Clinic. An internship experience is required during the third year of the program while students prepare for their final dissertation defense.

Eligibility for admission to the Ph.D. (post-master's) program is based upon the applicant having an earned master's degree in MFT from a regionally accredited college or university. Some exceptions may be made for individuals who have graduated from a non-accredited program, but this is determined on a case-by-case basis under the direction of BYU's Graduate Studies, the MFT advisor, MFT Program & Clinical Directors. The Graduate School requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above for the last sixty hours for admission. Competitive applicants typically have a 3.75 GPA or higher, a combined score near 300 on the verbal and quantitative tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a score of 4.0 or higher on the written portion of the GRE.

Financial assistance is offered to those in the PhD program. Full tuition & fees will be paid for at the LDS rate for all students. All PhD students will also be offered a research stipend of 20 hours a week, amounting to roughly $17,000 a year.

In addition to course work and supervised clinical practicum, each student is required to complete a Doctoral Dissertation as well as a Doctoral Portfolio. More information regarding what is included in the portfolio will be given after admission to the program.

Ph.D. Educational Outcomes. Educational outcomes for the BYU Ph.D.. program include a set of student learning outcomes, a set of faculty outcomes, and a set of program outcomes. These outcomes are interdependent and designed to complement each other.

Students are expected to demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:

1. Be productive in the area of MFT research methods and statistics.

2. Be competent in teaching (includes supervision).

3. Be competent in MFT theory and practice

4. Understand and respect cultural diversity.

Faculty outcomes (what the faculty is expected to demonstrate) include:

1. Be clinically active and meet credentialing standards for their developmental level.

2. Be engaged in research scholarship.

3. Demonstrate effective teaching abilities.

4. Provide service in university-based and professional responsibilities.

5. Understand and respect cultural diversity.

Program outcomes include:

1. Program will graduate students who are prepared to competently engage in the MFT profession.

2. Maintain a curriculum that is infused with readings and training related to multicultural diversity.

3. Prepare students to secure employment in an area specific to MFT.

 

Demographics for the Ph.D. Degree

The following areas of study correspond to the curriculum prescribed by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Educationof the AAMFT.

BYU DOCTORAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS*
(“Areas” of study refer to COAMFTE required areas of study.)

AREA VII:

MFT 751

Theory

Advanced Theory of Marital and Family Therapy

Credit hours

3


AREA VIII:

MFT 753

MFT 754

Clinical

Advanced Clinical Specialization in Marital and Family Therapy

Family Therapy for Children & Adolescents

Credit hours

3

3


AREA X:

MFT 750

Clinical Supervision

Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy

Credit hours

3


AREA XI:

MFT 700

Research

Family Therapy Research Methods

Credit hours

3

One course: MFHD 602 Experimental Design; MFHD 604 Ethnographic Research Techniques; SOC 706R Advanced Statistical Methods
3

One course:

MFT 793R

STAT 512 Statistical Methods for Research; OR SOC 606 Intermediate Stats

Research Seminar in Marriage and Family Therapy

3

3


AREA XII:

MFT 603R

Additional Courses

Research Practicum (6 Semester credits)

Credit hours

6

Ph.D. students are required to take any 6 semester hours of electives offered at the University and chosen
in consultation with their graduate advisory committee. The purpose of these courses is to help each
student build a unique specialization as part of their doctoral program. Courses may be chosen from
course work offered in a variety of disciplines which might include university teaching, family life, 
human development, family sociology, education,and social work. Many select research and computer 
classes so that they can simultaneously fill the electives requirement of the standards and the “Tool”
requirement of the University.

 


AREA XII:

MFT 655R

MFT 755R

MFT 770R

MFT 799R

Additional BYU Requirements

Intermediate Practicum in MFT (6 semester credits)

Advanced Practicum in MFT (2 semester credits)

Clinical Internship (4 semester credits; 9-12 months)

Doctoral Dissertation (18 semester credits)

Credit hours

6

2

4

18


TOTAL CREDIT HOURS, AREAS VII THROUGH XIII
69

AREA XIV: Teaching Skills 

Suggested electives as determined by the student and advisory committee may include courses such as those listed below.

 

Credit Hours

 

MFHD 566

MFHD 567

MFHD 665

Family Life Education in the University

Practicum in FLE

Philocophy in Family Life Education (CFLE)

3

1

3

Advanced Research Skills

MFHD 604 Ethnographic Research Techniques

3
Psychology

Psych 711R Parent Education

3
Marriage Family & Human Development

MFHD 540

MFHD 551

MFHD 550

MFHD 570

MFHD 660

MFHD 692R

Family Economics

Fathering: Scholarship & Intervention

Contemporary Family Theories

Paradigms in Family Process & Analysis

Child & Adolescent Socialization

Seminar in Family Relationships

3

3

3

3

3

3

Human Development

MFHD 510

MFHD 511

MFHD 512

MFHD 514

MFHD 566

MFHD 567R

MFHD 663

MFHD 666

Seminar in Intellectual Development

Familial Influences on Social Development

Emotional & Moral Development

Theories of Human Development

Family Life Education in the University

Practicum in Family Life Education

The Individual and Family Over the Life Course

Health and Aging Process

3

3

3

3

3

1

3

2

Marriage and Family Therapy

MFT 760R

MFT 649

Supervision Practicum in MFT

Addictions and Violence

1

3

Social Work

SocW 647R Special Topics in Advanced Clinical Practice
2
(Subjects that may be offered include; Object Relations Therapy; Play Therapy; Cognitive Therapy)

3
Sociology

SOC/MFHD 561 Family as an Institution 

3
SOC 667 Sociology of Gender

3
Educational Psychology/Counseling Psychology

CPSE 602

CPSE 610

CPSE 614

CPSE 648

CPSE 649

Child/Adolescent Psychopathology

Consultation Within School & Family Systems

Applied Behavior Analysis

Group Counseling and Intervention

Human Growth & Development

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR PhD=63 Hours*
*Plus 500 direct face-to-face clinical hours (with at least 251 being relational)