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PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Couple Therapy

Students interested in pursuing a career as a marriage and family therapist may be interested in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Couple Therapy program. Learn more about this degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Couple Therapy

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Students must already hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited university. Previous employment or academic experience in counseling or therapy may be helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The main goal of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Couple Therapy program is to give students the chance to get the academic training they need to effectively practice marriage and family therapy. Instruction is focused on research skills, including research design and qualitative research strategies. Ethics, standards of care, and related issues are also covered. The couple therapy specialization focuses on issues and techniques unique to providing couples therapy, including sex therapy, infidelity, and family dynamics. This is the first primarily distance-based MFT doctoral program to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

Minimum of 69 credit hours

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 Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Specialization in Couple Therapy

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

Doctor of Philosophy Foundation Courses (42 credits)

  • FT 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in MFT
  • MFT 7102: Scholarly Writing in MFT
  • MFT 7103: Research Methods in MFT
  • MFT 7104: Statistical Design for MFT Research
  • MFT 7105: Assessment in MFT Research and Intervention
  • MFT 7106: Quantitative Research Design in MFT
  • MFT 7107: Qualitative Research Design in MFT
  • MFT 7108: Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in MFT
  • MFT 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in MFT
  • MFT 8951: MFT Doctoral Practicum I
  • MFT 8961: MFT Doctoral Internship I
  • MFT 8962: MFT Doctoral Internship II
  • MFT 8965: MFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio
  • MFT 8970: MFT Supervision

Specialization Courses (18 credits)

  • MFT 8101: Advanced Theories in MFT
  • MFT 8102: Dynamics of Family Interaction
  • MFT 8305: Emotion and Differentiation Focused Couple Therapy
  • MFT 8306: Behavior Informed Couple Therapy Models
  • MFT 8303: Systemic Sex Therapy
  • MFT 8307: The Couple Life Cycle in MFT Practice and Supervision

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9700M: MFT Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Couple Therapy program is designed to give students the chance to develop the academic training and skills necessary to provide therapeutic services. Students may develop analytical, research, and scholarly writing skills. Possible positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Couples therapist
  • Marriage and family researcher

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