Ph.D in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT)
College of Human Development and Education ⋅ Department of Human Development and Family Science
Our faculty is committed to developing the next generation of scholars in the field of CFT through a dedicated mentoring process that prepares students for future leadership roles in academic and research settings as well as clinical administration and supervision. The program is particularly committed to training scholars who have the potential to lead the field of CFT to be more inclusive of marginalized communities and embrace the values and ethics associated with social justice.
The CFT Program at NDSU is nationally recognized as a leading training program for its commitment to prepare scholars who are qualified to intervene in the problems that are most relevant in today’s world.
“The CFT program at NDSU has clearly made a significant and lasting impact on the field of family therapy … Their efforts to raise the visibility of the need for training programs to make the issues of diversity and social justice central to training of all CFTs are deserving of recognition and is a model for the entire field of couple and family therapy.” Doug Sprenkle, Ph.D.
We are committed to providing an LGBT affirmative environment for all students, faculty, staff, and clients who use our on-campus therapy center. The program is recognized as the leading program in field in teaching students the knowledge and skills associated with becoming an LGBT affirmative researcher, supervisor, and therapist.
Funding Opportunities Available
We are committed to offering every student accepted into the program a full tuition waiver plus a stipend for graduate assistantship. Assistantship opportunities are available for both research and teaching.
The CFT Program at NDSU is located in a state of the art facility. In addition to upgraded research and clinical facilities, the program also uses a state of the art digital recording system that can be used to perform advanced clinical process research and provides students and supervisors unprecedented access to their clinical work.
Students entering the program must have
1. completed a master’s degree in a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
2. taken at least one course in statistics and research methods with a minimum B grade, and
3. completed an empirical Master’s thesis.
In addition to completing doctoral coursework, students also complete the following program requirements
1. 500 hours of clinical contact in the on-campus therapy center
2. 180 hours of supervisory experience
3. One-year research, teaching, or clinical internship experience
4. A scholarly portfolio that includes (a) at least two proposals/abstracts for presentations at national conferences and (b) submission of at least two manuscripts for publication at peer-reviewed journals
5. A comprehensive/preliminary examination
6. Produce and defend a dissertation
CFT Doctoral coursework requirements
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Application Deadline: January 1st
Visit our Application Page to Apply Online. We will begin reviewing applications in January 2015 for our first doctoral cohort in Fall 2015.
For more information
Tom Stone Carlson, Ph.D., program coordinator
COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data Disclosure.
COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria page