University of Louisiana–Monroe

Marriage & Family Therapy Program
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The University of Louisiana at Monroe adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, or religion, national origin, sex, marital or parental status, age, disability, veteran status, or political belief. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the University. The programs value diversity and actively recruit minority students from the area and across the nation. The MFT programs (M.A. and Ph.D.) are housed within the School of Health Professions. The M.A. Program was developed in 1983 and was first accredited in 1987. The Ph.D. was approved in 1995 and admitted its first students in 1996, and has been accredited since 2001. Admission to both programs is limited and is granted for the fall term each year. The programs only offer advanced degrees in systems based Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2010 we began an online Ph.D. program in MFT with a concentration in Systemic Studies.  The program is 100% online, is non-clinical and is not accredited

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Jana Sutton (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
8,500
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209
United States

Phone Number
318-342-1208
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Comments

Our undergraduate program provides students with an excellent liberal arts education, as well as pre-professional training for those interested in social sciences graduate study or other professional programs. Students not only study the historical, theoretical, and academic frameworks used to explain human development and family behavior, but also acquire practical knowledge and skills that can be applied in their daily lives and occupations. Students in our undergraduate program find numerous opportunities and benefits, from scholarships to research experience, from special workshops to internships. Our goal is to provide the best academic foundation within a real-world context.

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Therapeutic Alliance
  • Counseling Theories
  • Methods of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Marriage and Family Development
  • Individual Development
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Strategies for Life and Career Development
  • Assessment: Methods and Measures
  • Research
  • Professional Issues in MFT
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Therapy Strategies for Parent-Child Relationships
  • Human Sexuality
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Family Consultation
  • Advanced Procedures
  • Advanced Theories
  • Group Counseling
  • Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis
  • Human Sexuality Seminar A and B
  • Cross Cultural Studies
  • Supervision
  • Family Systems I & II
  • Family Therapy I & II
  • Couple and Marital Therapy
  • Advanced Family Studies and Human Development
  • Social Ecology
  • Psychopathology and Assessment
  • Supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Issues and Problems in Systemic and Marriage and Family Therapy Research
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Research
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Internship
  • Dissertation Research
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
CACREP,COAMFTE
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Master of Arts degree program is an intensive, 60 semester hour program requiring two years of full-time study. Graduates of the program meet academic requirements for Clinical membership in the AAMFT and licensure as a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional counselor in Louisiana and most other states. All clinical work is supervised by faculty members who are AAMFT Approved Supervisors. The M.A. program is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Doctoral Comments

The Ph.D. program in prepares graduates for careers as scholars/teachers, researchers, supervisors and senior clinicians. The 69 credit-hour program integrates systemically oriented philosophy and theory, clinical practice and qualitative and quantitative research.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.