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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marriage and Family Therapy (Ph.D.)

The Family Studies and Human Services  department participates in the Ph.D. degree program awarded from the College of Human Ecology  with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. The mission of the marriage and family therapy doctoral specialization is to prepare students to be excellent clinicians, supervisors, educators, and researchers working in a variety of academic and/or clinical settings. Students pursue programs of study that include course work in human development, family studies, marital and family therapy, statistics, and research methods. The Ph.D. specialization in marriage and family therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Program Requirements

This curriculum for the Ph.D. in MFT follows COAMFTE guidelines. It assumes students have completed the requirements for the COAMFTE Master’s-Level Standard Curriculum. Where that is not the case, students must complete the equivalent of any deficiencies. Most students complete the program in four years. Students have seven years to complete the program. A minimum of 90 credits is required. No more than 30 credit hours from a masters degree may be applied to fulfill PhD requirements.

Assessment and Treatment in Marital and Family Therapy (3 hours)

Family Studies and Human Services (6 hours)

Supervised Clinical Practice (9 hours)

Additional Learning (3 hours)

One clinical or research elective - 3 credit hours.

End-of-Program Requirements

Complete a nine-month clinical internship, accumulating 1000 clinical hours (including approved transfer hours)
Successfully defend your dissertation proposal seminar, write the dissertation, and successfully complete your oral defense of the dissertation
Successfully defend portfolio
Complete written preliminary examinations and, if necessary, successfully defend them in the oral preliminary examination
Receive excellent evaluations as a GTA
Teach an intersession course
Demonstrate excellent professional development, including:

Present a poster/paper at a state, national or international conference OR
Develop and present a workshop OR
Get involved in KAMFT politics OR
Another activity approved by the Major Professor


Students interested in this option with questions about program requirements or curriculum should contact:

Dr. Jared Anderson
Doctoral Program Admissions Chair
Marriage and Family Therapy
School of Family Studies and Human Services
113 Campus Creek Complex
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-4198

Students interested in this option with questions about admission should contact:

Connie J. Fechter
Graduate Program Admissions Coordinator
School of Family Studies and Human Services
304 Justin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-1473