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PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families

Students enrolled in Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program have the opportunity to study dynamics of military families, dynamics of family interaction, and other associated topics. Read on to learn more about the Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctorate

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program should have some educational background in the field. Additionally, it is helpful if an applicant demonstrates strong communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants to Northcentral University's online doctoral programs should already possess a master's degree in a clinical/therapy training program.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program is designed to teach subjects such as dynamics of military families, family therapy in the military, advanced theories in marriage and family therapy (MFT), dynamics of family interaction, and research methods in MFT. The degree program is focused on research and the completion of a dissertation. However, a student is also required to complete an internship and a practicum. 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

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

A minimum of 69 credits.

Financial Aid:

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.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a Specialization in Therapy with Military Families:

Degree 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 8503: Military and Veteran Cultures Across the Lifespan
  • MFT 8504: Trauma and Resilience in Military and Veteran Couples and Families
  • MFT 8505: Ethical Challenges and Moral Injuries Across Military and Veteran Populations
  • MFT 8506: Behavioral Health Care with Military and Veteran Populations

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:

Students who have completed Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Therapy with Military Families program have the opportunity to pursue a career in the field. Some potential employers of therapists include social work organizations, community centers, and healthcare agencies. Graduates could also choose to enter academia and pursue a career as a professor.

Some careers that graduates could pursue include:

  • Therapist
  • Professor
  • Community center manager
  • Policy analyst