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   Marriage & Family Therapy PhD Program

Applications, Assistantships, Tuition
     Applying to the Program
Step 1: 
To apply to the Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy PhD Program click here and select "Human Development" as your major.   You will be able to select "Marriage and Family Therapy PhD Program" later in the online form.  If you have problems with your application please email csokol@vt.edu.

Step 2: You must also complete and mail, fax or send by email both the Clinical Background Form and the Statement of Professional Ethics and Conduct form. Mail to MFT PhD Applications, Ms. Andrea Green, 366 Wallace Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24061-0416, fax to 540-231-7012, or email signed scanned forms to greena15@exchange.vt.edu.

Fully completed applications must arrive by the 5th of January.  

     Assistantships & Scholarships
Assistantships and scholarships are available.  Click here for more information about other forms of aid.

Current tuition rates can be found here. Students offered 10 hour or larger assistantships pay in-state tuition. Students offered 20 hour assistantships pay only in-state summer tuition for one summer course, though summer assistantships which remit summer tuition may also be available.

     The AAMFT SAMHSA Fellowships
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the AAMFT Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Doctoral Fellowships, regardless of ethnicity or intention to specialize in substance abuse.  Applicants can be of any race and simply must have some interest in working with diverse populations and addictions.

     International Applications and Information
International applicants are encouraged to apply.  Like U.S. applicants, they should hold a master's degree or its equivalent in a mental health field, and have had 36 hours or more of specific coursework in marriage and family therapy, MFT ethics, human and individual development, psychopathology, and research methods.  They should also have had several hundred hours of therapy with individuals, couples and families under supervisors trained in family therapy.  More information is available here from the office of International Graduate Student Support Services, and on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

     Equal Opportunity
Virginia Tech and the MFT PhD program do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.  We encourage applications from all interested, qualified prospective students.  Applicants with questions regarding program inclusion or diversity are encouraged to read our Frequently Asked Questions as well as the University policies on equal opportunity.

     Further Information
For more information please contact Megan Dolbin-MacNab, PhD, Incoming Director, MFT PhD Program, 840 University City Boulevard, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0515, 540-231-7201 (mdolbinm@vt.edu),or Cynthia Smith, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Human Development, 366 Wallace Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0416, 540-231-4795 (smithcl@vt.edu).