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Couple and Family Therapy (PhD)

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Degrees OfferedAvailabilityLocation

Application Requirements

On-Campus Program


Please view our academic calendar for term start dates.

Fall (Sept.)Winter (Jan.)Spring (March)Summer (June)
All StudentsJan. 15N/AN/AN/A


For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

  • Graduate Admission Application

    Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $65 U.S. is required.

    Apply for Fall 2016, Winter 2017, or Spring 2017 Apply for Summer 2017 or Future Terms

  • Transcripts

    Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

  • International Transcript Evaluation (international applicants only)

    Transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency for admittance into this program. For more information on transcript evaluations, please refer to the Admission Application Instructions.

  • Standardized Test Scores

    GRE test scores are required; minimum score varies.

    GRE subject exam recommended.

    TOEFL scores are required for international applicants or applicants who earned a degree outside the U.S. (minimum scores: 90/577/233). Scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores. IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores.

  • Essay

    The CFT PhD program at Drexel University uses the research/practitioner model. Our primary mission is to train family therapy researchers who will be ready to serve as the next generation of research, policy and clinical leaders. In addition, we offer excellent clinical training in two empirically supported treatment models. Students are expected to reach proficiency in one of these treatments. In order to evaluate your readiness for our program, please respond to the following questions.

    Research Goals (limit to one and a half pages)

    The program is mentorship based. Students should apply with the intent of working in a research lab with a particular faculty member. Please identify the mentor with whom you would like to work and what about their research interests you. We recommend that you look closely at the work of each faculty member before applying. Include a brief but specific description of your own related research questions and ideas, and how you think they would fit with the global research agenda of the target faculty member.

    Clinical Goals (limit to one page per question)

    • All CFT PhD students will become proficient in one empirically supported treatment model: Attachment-based Family Therapy or Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Please identify the model in which you are most interested, any experience you have using it, and how it fits into your larger career goals.
    • Please describe a family or couple therapy case that you treated that did not go well. After a brief presentation of the case, discuss what challenges or factors you think led to this poor outcome. Include an exploration of how your own personal and professional strengths and weaknesses may have contributed to the outcome of this case.

    Working with Underserved Populations (limit to one page)

    The Couple and Family Therapy Department is committed to working with underserved populations with the intent of increasing our understanding of the social and systemic variables that impact health outcomes, mental health service access, and treatment delivery. Please describe how you believe your research interests will incorporate these factors and help promote social justice in the healthcare field.

    For Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Spring 2017: Submit your essay by mail or through the Drexel University Admission Essay form.

    For Summer 2017 and beyond: Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

  • Résumé

    For Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Spring 2017: Submit your résumé by mail or email it as an attachment to

    For Summer 2017 and beyond: Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel Portal after you submit your application.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders may use the Confidential Letter of Recommendation form (Form A), but use of the form is not required.

  • Interview

    In-person or telephone interview required for qualified applicants.

  • Academic Experience

    Master's degree or post-master's degree in Couple and Family Therapy is required.

  • Mailing Addresses
    • By Postal Mail
      Drexel University
      Application Processing
      PO Box 34789
      Philadelphia, PA 19101-4789
    • By Express Courier
      (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.)
      Drexel University
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      3141 Chestnut Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

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