Marriage and Family Therapy
Application Deadlines
Fall:December 1
Contact Information: 
234 TLRB
Program Requirements: 

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has three interrelated emphases: Clinical Practice, Teaching and Clinic Supervision, and Research.  The PhD program offers two tracks: 1) Academic/Research and 2) Clinical Administration/Private Practice.  Electives are offered within each of these categories to help students meet their individual goals. These emphases will be facilitated and directed within an environment of understanding and respect for multicultural diversity.

BYU offers two options for the Ph.D. degree in MFT. The first option, for students who already have an MFT master’s degree from an accredited institution, takes approximately three years to complete with the first two years comprising of coursework and clinical hours and the third year primarily focusing on dissertation and internship. The second option is for students with a non-MFT master’s degree program in a clinical field such as Social Work or Counseling Psychology. For this option the students work with their graduate advisor to map out which courses are needed to meet the master’s curriculum and takes approximately one year to complete MFT Master’s Degree curriculum not present in the previous clinical program. The additional courses required of these students allow the students to meet MFT licensing requirements as presented in the Master’s Degree requirements. When all educational requirements for licensure in MFT are completed, they begin the Ph. D. curriculum. In this circumstance, the program may require approximately four years for graduation.

Requirements for Degree.


  • Credit Hours (69): minimum 45 course work hours beyond completion of the master's degree coursework and clinical experience.
  • Required courses:
  • MFT 700 (3 credits) Advanced Research Methodology in MFT
  • MFT 750 (3 credits) Supervision in MFT
  • MFT 752 (3 credits) – Advanced Topics in MFT
  • MFT 753 Advanced Clinical Specialization in MFT
  • MFT 760R (3 credits) – Supervision Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MFT 770R (3 credits) – Clinical Internship
  • MFT 793R (3 credits) – MFT Outcome and Process Research
  • MFHD 605 (3 credits) - Structural Equation Modeling in the Social Sciences
  • MFHD 706R (3 credits) – Advanced Statistics or an approved substitute
  • Minor: any minor approved by graduate committee, but not required.
  • Clinical requirement: a minimum of 500 hours of direct client contact after completing the MFT MS requirements and 100 hours of supervision with approved supervisor.
  • Practicum (18 credits): MFT 655R/755R Practicum/Advanced Practicum in MFT
  • Dissertation (18 credits): MFT 799R Doctoral Dissertation
  • Examinations: All doctoral students are required to successfully defend their dissertation orally, complete the Doctoral Portfolio papers, presentations, and publications in clinical practice, teaching/supervision, and research, which serves as a comprehensive examination.
  • Professional development internship
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test


Additional Requirements

Applicants should upload a bulleted list of the following experiences in the department documents section of the application:

  •   Clinical and human services experience (do not include LDS mission experiences here).
  •   Research experience.

A Video interview (You will receive instructions after submission of application)

Background check is required after admission

Program Outcomes: 

Marriage and Family Therapy Theory Skills

Demonstrate competence in Marriage and Family Therapy theory development and practice.

Teaching/Supervision Skills

Be competent in teaching and supervision.

Marriage and Family Therapy Research Skills

Be productive in the area of Marraige and Family Therapy research methods and statistics

Understanding Cultural Diversity

Understand and respect cultural diversity as a contextual factor in the lives of others, including clients.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 13
International 1
Female 7
LDS 10
Non-White 3
BYU Undergraduate 4
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 312.0
GRE Quantitative Score 154.8
GRE Quantitative Percentile 61.9
GRE Verbal Score 157.2
GRE Verbal Percentile 74.3
GRE Analytical Score 4.3
GRE Analytical Percentile 64.9
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 3.5
Graduated Per Year 3.4
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 13.6
Admitted Per Year 5.0
Percent Admitted 36.76
Average GPA 3.72