Northcentral University

MA in Marriage & Family Therapy

Northcentral University's online Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program is designed to train licensed, working marriage and family therapy practitioners. Learn more about the program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

This program is designed for professional development and training purposes, so applicants should be focused on entering a career in marriage and family therapy (MFT). Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs must already possess a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy is designed to educate students according to a scholar-practitioner model, meaning that degree requirements cover both academic and practical training. In order to successfully complete the program, students must complete a minimum amount of supervised clinical client contact, for which they are expected to provide their own professional liability insurance. Participation in video conferences is mandatory as well. This program offers a California Licensure Track option specifically for California residents.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

45 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Courses (18 credits)

  • MFT5101: Foundations for Graduate Study in MFT
  • MFT5102: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development in MFT
  • MFT5104: Treatment Planning and Traditional Family Therapy
  • MFT5103: Systemic Evaluation and Case Management
  • MFT5105: Recovery-Oriented Care and Postmodern Family Therapy
  • MFT5106: Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice

Required General Family Therapy Courses (18 credits)

  • MFT6101: Lifespan Individual and Family Development
  • MFT6102: Psychopathology, Diagnosis, and Systemic Treatment
  • MFT6103: Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Therapy
  • MFT6104: Family Therapy with Children
  • MFT6105: Couple and Sex Therapy
  • MFT6106: Families in Crisis

Clinical Experience Requirements (9 credits)

  • MFT6951: MFT Practicum I
  • MFT6952: MFT Practicum II
  • MFT6991: MFT Internship I
  • MFT6992: MFT Internship II
  • MFT6995: MFT Internship and Capstone Presentation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program, graduates may choose to enter a doctoral degree program in family and marriage therapy, or a related field. It may also be possible for graduates to gain licensure as a practicing therapist, depending on each individual state's licensure requirements. Graduates might also be able to join professional organizations such as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Potential degrees that graduates may be able to seek include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Marriage Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling

Career Paths:

Some graduates of Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program may be able to become licensed clinical therapy practitioners in their state. Licensure requirements vary by state, and students in this program may have to take more than the minimum required credits in order to become licensed in their states. Potential job titles for graduates of Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program may include:

  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Social worker
  • Family counselor

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