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PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General Family Therapy

Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program is designed for individuals with existing graduate training in marriage and family therapy or clinical therapy. Read more about this practice-focused MFT program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in this program may benefit from previous courses in statistical analysis, business communications, organizational behavior, or management. Before starting the clinical portion of the program, students must obtain liability insurance. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program is designed to develop competent and scholarly professionals in the field. Learners enrolled in this Northcentral University program have the opportunity to examine common issues affecting the family unit as well as ways to address these issues as competent mental health professionals. The curriculum is designed to incorporate 1,000 patient contact hours, 500 of which must be in a marriage or family therapy environment. Students will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience as clinical overseers through the completion of a 9-month supervising practicum. In addition to developing hands-on skills in the field, participants have the ability to strengthen their understanding of proven research methods as well as develop their own analytical skills and professional style.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

Students must complete at least 69 post-master's degree credits. Maximum time allotted for program completion is seven years.

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 Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Specialization in General Family 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
  • Four additional electives from any of the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences (DMFS) specialization courses

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:

Depending on individual agency or government requirements, graduates of this Northcentral University program could be able to pursue professional license or certification in marriage and family therapy. They could go on to work in private or group practices. Opportunities could also be sought in government sectors, hospitals, outpatient centers, or academia. Tasks that professionals in this field could undertake might include research, patient assessment, intervention, or treatment.

Individuals who have earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy degree might be able to apply for roles as:

  • Family therapists
  • Marriage and family therapy supervisors
  • Counseling professors

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