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DMFT - Mental Health Administration

The Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Mental Health Administration at Northcentral University is designed to prepare graduates to be administrators and leaders in mental health organizations. Read more about this DMFT - Mental Health Administration program.

Official Program Name:

Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Mental Health Administration

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students considering enrolling in the Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Mental Health Administration program should have some education in counseling and strong interest in administration and management. Applicants to Northcentral University's doctoral programs should have a master's degree or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy - Mental Health Administration program at Northcentral University is intended to help graduates assume leadership positions in mental health organizations. The DMFT aims to provide a basis in advanced clinical education, training, and research. The mental health administration specialty is designed to prepare graduates to create and navigate systems for carrying out treatment in the mental health field.

Students will have the opportunity to graduate with a DMFT as well as a focused specialization, which may give them increased opportunities in the area of mental health administration. Along with projects, hands-on experience, and a dissertation, students are required to take 12 credits' worth of courses focused specifically on their specialization.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the form of loans and scholarships. Contact Northcentral University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy - Mental Health Administration

The coursework for the DMFT - Mental Health Administration program includes a foundation of required courses for all students pursuing a DMFT along with specialty courses focused on mental health administration. As part of the specialty courses, students have the opportunity to take 1-2 courses from the departments of business and / or psychology. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (48 credits)

  • DMFT Foundations for Applied Doctoral Studies in MFT
  • Scholarly Literature Review in MFT
  • Program Development for MFTs
  • Grant Writing Concepts and Approaches for MFTs
  • DMFT Portfolio I
  • Research Methods in MFT
  • Quantitative Research Design and Statistical Analysis in MFT
  • MFT Supervision
  • DMFT Portfolio II
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis in Marriage and Family Therapy MFT
  • DMFT Doctoral Internship I
  • DMFT Doctoral Internship II
  • Program Evaluation and Monitoring in MFT
  • DMFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio
  • DMFT Portfolio III
  • Components of the Dissertation
  • The Dissertation Proposal
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Students may choose one of the following two options:

  • Doctoral Supervision Practicum
  • DMFT Doctoral Practicum

Specialty Courses (6-12 credits)

Students can select 4 from this list OR 2-3 courses from this list and 1-2 from the business and psychology course list:

  • Financial Administration and Budgeting in MFT
  • Practice / Organization Marketing
  • Strategic Planning in MFT
  • Systemic Consultation
  • Systemic Leadership
  • The Business of Therapy

Recommended (Optional) Business and Psychology Courses (3-6 credits)

Students may select 1-2 courses from the following list:

  • Business Organization and Management
  • Evidence-Based Treatments
  • Executive Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Managerial Leadership within Managed Health Systems
  • Mental Health Service Policy
  • Mental Health Administration and Management
  • Advanced Topics in Organizational Development
  • Organizational Development

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Northcentral University's Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy - Mental Health Administration program is tailored to confer skills such as grant writing, program evaluation, supervision of clinicians, and operational leadership. Graduates with such skills may be able to provide marriage and family counseling, contribute to research in the field, lead mental health organizations, and teach others in an academic setting.

Possible careers include:

  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Mental health clinic manager
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Academic professor of counseling and therapy

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