May 30, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Couple & Family Therapy, PhD

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PhD in Couple and Family Therapy
 AU New England
Credits for Degree: 86 semester credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Low-residency
Standard time to completion: 60 months

Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy in CFT is designed to be completed in a minimum of  three years of full-time enrollment. The PhD program is offered through a low-residency format. In-person residencies are required throughout the three-year program as follows: Students must attend six 5-day-long in-person residencies (one in each of the first six semesters of the program). Residencies typically take place on or near the Antioch New England Campus in the fall semester,(generally September); on or near one of our Antioch Southern California Campuses for the spring semester (generally January); and on our near our Antioch Seattle Campus in Summer (typically June). Between residencies, students work on course material both asynchronously through online assignments and synchronously through virtual (Zoom) class meetings. Students engage in clinical practice their first year and advanced practical experience in their second year. During these practice experiences, students will be required to attend weekly virtual (Zoom) supervision meetings, in addition to attending on-site supervision meetings at their internship placement/site.

In addition to the course requirements, degree requirements include: 

  • Satisfactory completion of a doctoral dissertation which demonstrates doctoral level scholarship, and satisfactory performance on the Qualifying Examinations after the end of the second academic year in the doctoral program. 

  • The minimum length of time for program completion is three years and the maximum time to completion (with financial aid eligibility) is 6 years from initial enrollment to complete all course requirements, practical experience requirements and dissertation. 

  • By the conclusion of the advanced practical experience requirements, students must have spent at least one year (3 semesters) engaged in supervised clinical practice and one year (3 semesters) engaged in additional practical experience (teaching, consultation, leadership, and/or supervision). Students may take one additional year of professional seminar courses to continue to receive advanced practical experience supervision. Advanced practical experience placements may require criminal background checks as well as verification of up-to-date vaccinations. Students without a background in CFT will be required to take additional prerequisite coursework.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Plan of Study

Candidacy and Dissertation - 18 Semester Credits

Students register in CFT-8990X (Dissertation Continuation) for each subsequent semester until dissertation is deposited and accepted.


Students register in CFTR-8990X (Dissertation Continuation) for each subsequent semester until dissertation is deposited and accepted.

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