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Doctor of Arts in Marriage and Family Studies

Program Details

Eastern University offers an online Doctor of Arts in Marriage & Family Studies. The degree is interdisciplinary and brings together marriage and family theories, theology, and psychology. Students will gain an integrated point of view through various lenses, which provides a well-rounded education.


This program requires a one-week residency of intensive classroom instruction.

  • Completed Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Masters of Counseling, or Masters degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college, university, or seminary
  • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Interview with the DA Admissions Committee
  • Official Transcripts must be submitted from all institutions of higher education that the applicant attended
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose: A four to six-page essay addressing how the program goals coincide with the student's personal and professional objectives
  • Statement of Faith: A four to six-page descriptive, analytical essay focusing on how you have been impacted by your family of origin (positively and/or negatively) and how your faith journey has informed your understanding of yourself as a professional

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education