Nova Southeastern University

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT)


3301 College Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The DMFT is a 96-credit-hour program designed for individuals holding master's degrees that prepares graduates for careers as private practitioners, agency administrators, clinical supervisors, and senior clinicians. The DMFT program is different from the Ph.D. program in that its emphasis is on producing professionals who contribute foremost in the clinical, rather than academic, sphere of the discipline. The program is designed to expand and enhance a student's existing clinical skills in order to make them top level practitioners, while at the same time demonstrating the place of program/clinical research in this pursuit.
Goals of the DMFT program: 1) reflect the diversity of our community; 2) demonstrate integrity and ethical practice; and 3) collaborate in providing clinical service to the community.
Students of the DMFT program: 1) learn how to write and communicate at a professional level; 2) learn how to present their clinical work in professional settings; 3) learn how to teach, supervise, and consult; 4) demonstrate skills as competent marriage and family therapists; and 5) enter the community as leaders in their field.
Program Objectives of the DMFT program: 1) recruit faculty from diverse backgrounds; 2) recruit, enroll, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds; 3) provide close supervision of therapy to ensure competent and ethical practice; 4) collaborate with NSU clinical services and other community agencies in the provision of clinical services; and 5) reach out to local schools and other agencies to provide training for teachers and counselors and to enhance the well-being of students.
Students of our DMFT program: 1) pass all qualifying and comprehensive exams; 2) pass internal and external practicum assessments; 3) demonstrate competence in communicating professionally; 4) graduate and secure employment in the field; and 5) secure a position as a supervisor, consultant, or


Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone n

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 96

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: NSU's Office of Student Financial Aid administers federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid programs. For assistance with financial aid, students should contact the Financial Aid Office. NSU FAFSA Code: 001509.

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 0-999

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