Ph.D. in Family Science

Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy

The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program is a part of the doctoral program of the Department of Family Social Science. The mission of the CFT Program is to educate and mentor the next generation of leaders and agents of social change in the field of couple and family therapy by working systemically with culturally diverse families and communities locally and internationally. CFT students will be trained to become world-class therapists, trainers of therapists, therapy researchers, therapy supervisors, therapy program developers, and therapy administrators.

Admission to the accredited Couple and Family Therapy program is available only to doctoral applicants who already have obtained a clinical master's degree, or have achieved equivalent clinical experience as determined by the MFT faculty.

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Supervision Training Program

Third year CFT doctoral students are eligible to apply for the supervision practicum. They provide supervision to masters students whose academic programs give approval. This supervision is supervised by CFT faculty members and meets a portion of the requirements for AAMFT approved supervisor status.

If you have questions regarding the CFT program, please e-mailĀ

Student Achievement Criteria

The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) publishes the Student Achievement Criteria for all COAMFTE accredited programs. Click here to find out more about student achievement at the University of Minnesota's Couple and Family Therapy Program. If you have questions about this information please direct them to Dr. Steven M. Harris, CFT Program Director.