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MA in Marriage & Family Therapy

Northcentral University's online Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program in General Family Therapy 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 with a specialization in General Family Therapy

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Master's

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 (MFT) 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. Participation in video conferences is mandatory as well. Course topics include theory-based treatment planning, post-modern models of family therapy, legal and ethical issues in MFT, needs assessments, standard case management methods, sex therapy, family dynamics, and the psychiatric diagnostic classification system.

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

45 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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

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

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • MFT 5101: Foundations for Graduate Study in MFT
  • MFT 5102: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development in MFT
  • MFT 5103: Systemic Evaluation and Case Management
  • MFT 5104: Treatment Planning and Traditional Family Therapy
  • MFT 5105: Recovery-Oriented Care and Postmodern Family Therapy
  • MFT 6101: Human Development and Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan
  • MFT 6103: Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Development
  • MFT 6105: Couple and Sex Therapy
  • MFT 6106: Families in Crisis
  • MFT 5106: Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice

General Family Therapy Specialization Courses (6 credits)

Students are required to complete two content courses selected from any of the master's level MFT specialization courses.

Clinical Experience Requirements (9 credits)

  • MFT 6951: MFT Practicum I
  • MFT 6952: MFT Practicum II
  • MFT 6991: MFT Internship I
  • MFT 6992: MFT Internship II
  • MFT 6995: MFT Internship and Capstone Presentation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program with a specialization in General Family Therapy, graduates may choose to enter a doctoral degree program in family and marriage therapy or a related field. They could also choose a specialization in MFT to become an expert in that field, such as couple therapy, military families, or children and adolescents. 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 - General Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Marriage Therapy - Couple Therapy
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families

Career Paths:

Some graduates of Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program may be able to become licensed clinical therapy practitioners. 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 state. Potential job titles for graduates of Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program may include:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Family Counselor
  • Family Services Therapist
  • Marriage Counselor