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    Argosy University
  Oct 20, 2017
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1

Doctor of Marriage & Family Therapy Degree Program

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Offering Campuses

Argosy University, Denver; Argosy University, Salt Lake City; Argosy University, Twin Cities

Program Overview

The Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) degree program is a 60-credit-hour terminal, practice-oriented degree. The program seeks to build upon students’ prior learning and professional experience by expanding and deepening their knowledge of human development, family dynamics, systemic thinking, interactional theories, traditional and contemporary marriage and family therapy theories and practices, and the cultural contexts within which these are embedded.

The DMFT degree program curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study and research of systemic concepts and methods as applied to clinical work with children, couples, individuals, and families as well as to larger systems of organizations and communities. In addition to supporting the continuing development of clinical skills, the focus of the curriculum includes the development of skills related to leadership and service to the field in the areas of teaching and supervision.

In regard to training in supervision, the DMFT degree program curriculum is generally designed to meet the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) requirements to become an Approved Supervisor. (Those students who are already AAMFT Approved Supervisors may petition for an alternative learning experience equivalent to the 9 credit hours devoted to training and supervision.)

Colorado Disclaimer

Over the past three years, there were two graduates of Argosy University, Denver’s Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program. Of the admitted students, there is an average of 16.7% of students who graduated from the program in the seven year time period. No information exists on this one student’s employment history at this time.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcome One: Theoretical Knowledge

Articulate an advanced knowledge of classical and contemporary theories of systemic intervention for effective practice, teaching and supervision in diverse marriage and family therapy settings.

Program Learning Outcome Two: Clinical Knowledge

Analyze appraisals and apply appropriate assessments and diagnosis based on the integration of systemic theory and practice.

Program Learning Outcome Three: Supervision and Teaching Skills

  1. Integrate current theories of systemic supervision and professional practices to develop and apply clinical supervision skills.
  2. Integrate current theories of pedagogy and professional practices to develop and apply teaching skills within the behavioral sciences in higher education.

Program Learning Outcome Four: Professional Identity and Ethics:

Apply the appropriate laws and ethics of their respective state and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy to demonstrate an evolved professional identity as a clinician, instructor, supervisor and emerging leader in the field.

Program Learning Outcome Five: Research:

Analyze professional literature as well as conduct research to advance systemic theory, clinical practice, program evaluation, supervision, and involvement in the community.

Program Learning Outcome Six: Diversity:

Exemplify knowledge of the bioecological evolution of contextual dynamics (e.g., gender, age, socioeconomic status, culture/race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, religion, etc.) as applied in the academic, supervisory and therapeutic process.

Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or related field of study from a regionally accredited institution, nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution with a minimum of two three-credit hour graduate level courses covering basic family theories and concepts of intervention, as well as one course on individual or group psychotherapy. An applicant who has not had one or more of these three courses or their equivalent may be accepted into the program, but may not register for courses in the DMFT degree program curriculum until this prerequisite has been met. A plan of study incorporating these prerequisite courses may be made available during the admissions interview.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in work leading to a master’s degree and in any subsequent graduate study.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to assist interested applicants in completing the following required documentation:

  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current resume
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation forms
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred the master’s degree and any institutions where graduate coursework was subsequently taken. Bachelor’s level transcripts are not required

Applications to Multiple Campuses

Applicants who are undecided with respect to the location they wish to attend should submit an application and full set of application materials to their location of first choice. Applicants who are accepted into their location of first choice and who, prior to beginning the program, determine they want to complete the same program at a different location, should notify the initial location of record of that intent. Provided that the same program is available, all previous approvals and credit hours accepted will remain in force. If an individual requests to change programs, he or she will need to meet all admission requirements of the new program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including 54 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of Applied Clinical Project.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0), and a grade of “B-“or better in all required courses
  • Satisfactory performance on Comprehensive Qualifying Exam
  • Successful completion of internship
  • Successful completion and defense of the Applied Clinical Project
  • Completion of these requirements within seven years of matriculation into the program
  • A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration.

Program Requirements

The DMFT degree program requires the satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours distributed as follows: core requirements, 18 credit hours; research requirements, 9 credit hours; practicum experiences in supervision and teaching requirements, 15 credit hours; customized concentration requirements, 12 credit hours; Applied Clinical Project requirements, 6 credit hours.

Core Requirements — 18 Credit Hours

Research Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

Research Requirements — 9 Credit Hours

Customized Concentration Requirements –Students Are Required to Take the Following

Students choose 4 courses with the approval of the department chair

Customized Concentration Requirements —12 Credit Hours

Applied Clinical Project Requirements — 6 Credit Hours

Practicum Experiences in Supervision and Teaching Requirements — 15 Credit Hours

Internship — Students are Required to Take the Following

Internship Requirement — 0 credit Hours

Customized Concentration Requirements

Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a learning contract tailored to individual and professional development needs in the field of marriage and family therapy. The Customized Concentration is designed to provide the foundation and context for the Internship and Applied Clinical Project. Students are required to take 12 credit hours to complete the Customized Concentration requirements. All courses must be selected from those listed as 7000 to 8000 level with department chair approval. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) may be directed independent study. The Customized Concentration must be approved by the department chair.

Practicum Experiences

Students participate in two clinical practicum and corresponding seminars.

Comprehensive Qualifying Examination

Students in the DMFT degree program must pass a Comprehensive Qualifying Examination in order to advance in the program. The exam evaluates the student’s theoretical knowledge, fluency, and integrative skill regarding the seven (7) listed above under “Core Requirements” and the three (3) courses listed above under “Research Requirements.”  The exam may be scheduled after the completion of these courses.

The exam in administered by a faculty committee which is formed in consultation with the student’s advisor and/or the department chair. The examination may involve writing a single essay or a series of brief essays or taking an objective examination or a combination of two or all three above.  The conclusions and/or recommendations of the majority of the faculty on the committee become the final decision of the committee. The criteria for evaluation of the examination include breadth and depth of knowledge and theory; integration and application of concepts; organization and clarity; and understanding of issues related to diversity and ethics. Students will be expected to provide complete and focused answers to the comprehensive questions. Students failing the exam the first time may re-take the exam after meeting with the faculty committee to discuss plans for remediation. A student has a year to complete the remediation and retake the exam. Failing the exam on two occasions will result in dismissal from the program.


Students in the DMFT degree program must complete a nine month internship of 600 hours. Students develop an Internship Plan that reflects the area of concentration and is subject to the approval of the advisor and faculty committee. The internship may be completed at the student’s place of employment as long as relatively new learning experiences are included in the plan.

Applied Clinical Project

Students are required to complete the Applied Clinical Project (ACP). The student’s ACP is developed and completed in two sequential research courses. Minimal components include theory, practice, and research.

Gainful Employment Information

The following links provide program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important information for the Doctor of Marriage & Therapy (DMFT) degree program offered at Argosy University:

Campus Gainful Employment Information
Argosy University, Denver
Argosy University, Salt Lake City
Argosy University, Twin Cities


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