Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration
Ph.D. in Human Development
Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
The Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy PhD Program, in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, is the oldest continuously accredited MFT doctoral program in the nation, attracting students from across the country and around the world. Students, faculty, and graduates have singular records of achievement, winning prestigious honors, holding important positions, and publishing some of the most respected articles in the field.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application. No separate application required.
*Fall: January 5
*Fall: January 5
*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 5
Our Graduate Students
What You'll Study
Student scholarship takes place not only in the classroom, but also through mentorship, research, and clinical practice. Students may participate in wide-ranging faculty research projects using diverse methodologies and dealing with issues such as clinical processes and intervention, vulnerable families, trauma and resilience, participatory research, and policy.
Programs of study are individualized, permitting inclusion of significant coursework in specific subjects related to marriage and family relationships across the life course.
Family Therapy Center
Since 1979, therapists at the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech have provided low-cost, high quality marriage and family therapy and mental health services to individuals, couples, and families in the New River Valley and surrounding areas. The Family Therapy Center is the clinical and research training facility for doctoral students in Virginia Tech’s marriage and family therapy program.
Marriage and Family Therapy Research Focus
MFT faculty employ theoretically rich research questions with rigorous analytic techniques, resulting in publications in top-tier academic journals and other academic sources including Ageing and Society, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, and Family Relations. Human Development faculty across the focus areas of Adult Development and Aging, Child and Adolescent Development, Family Studies, and Marriage and Family Therapy often collaborate on research and service projects. Graduate students are often a part of research projects and subsequent publications through collaborations with Human Development & Family Science faculty and faculty in other departments such as Psychology.