Doctoral in Marriage and Family Therapy

Discover the benefits of earning your PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy online at Northcentral University.

When you decide to earn your PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University, you are giving yourself the opportunity to complete a rigorous advanced degree without disrupting your career or personal life. Not only is Northcentral University regionally accredited, but we’ve designed our online, 69-credit MFT Doctoral degree programfollowing COAMFTE Marriage and Family Therapy Educational Guidelines  to help you acquire the knowledge, skills, practical application and values that will shape you in a competent, ethical and culturally sensitive marriage and family therapist. 

  • 100% Doctoral Faculty: Our faculty members know what it takes to complete an advanced degree and will provide you with personalized attention and feedback that can help you succeed. They are also practicing marriage and family therapists and MFT supervisors.
  • Specialization Options: PhD specializations in Marriage and Family therapy include Child and Adolescent Therapy, Couple Therapy, General Family therapy, Medical Family Therapy and Therapy with Military Families.
  • Guided Doctoral Dissertation Coursework: Our dissertation coursework provides a step-by-step process to guide you from preparation to completion of your doctoral dissertation. 
  • Online Programs: Not only are you not required to travel to a campus for your courses, but we also have no physical residency requirements. Instead, you are able to complete the required courses online and with face-to-face clinical experience with a qualified supervisor in your local area.
  • Competitive Tuition: Visit our Tuition page for current, inclusive program rates. 
  • Professional Association Approvals: – Northcentral’s MFT doctoral degree program is the only online program that has received approval from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) to provide the Approved AAMFT Supervision Training in an online format.  

Beyond the Standard Curriculum, the MFT doctoral program includes:

  • Advanced coursework in specialized content areas
  • Required client contact and supervision
  • Evaluation nine-month doctoral internship focused on working toward individually established professional goals
  • Supervision methodology training and mentored supervision experience
  • Integrated and progressive research training throughout the program culminating in completion of the required doctoral dissertation 

Your Supervised Clinic Work Can Be Completed within Your Local Area

At Northcentral University, we will work with you to set up a local clinical site to complete your required face-to-face clinical training. We will provide suggestions and assistance in finding a local placement site and qualified supervisor in your area. It is ultimately your responsibility to secure an acceptable placement. Once you are approved to begin your clinical work, in addition to your local experience, you will work with a Northcentral faculty member that is an AAMFT-approved supervisor or Supervisor in Training using our distance-based supervision process. Your sessions with clients are recorded, then viewed and reviewed in individual and/or group supervision via Internet video conferencing. Security features are used to maintain confidentiality and security of client records and meet HIPAA regulations.

Specializations

Our five doctoral specializations provide the education and training that will allow you to carry out advanced clinical work, supervision, education and/or research in Marriage and Family Therapy.

General Family Therapy Specialization

  • This "open" specialization allows you to select coursework from any of Northcentral University's MFT specializations.
  • Course projects, internship work and dissertation research are focused on issues related to Marriage and Family Therapy.

Child and Adolescent Therapy Specialization

  • This specialization is designed to prepare you to work with children and adolescents facing emotional and other difficulties in a therapy setting using a family therapy, systems perspective.
  • Course projects, internship work and dissertation research are focused on issues related to working with children and adolescents.

Couple Therapy Specialization

  • This specialization is designed to prepare you to work with couples facing relationship or other difficulties in a therapy setting using a family therapy, systems perspective.
  • Course projects, internship work and dissertation research are focused on issues related to working with couples.

Medical Family Therapy Specialization

  • This specialization is designed to introduce you to working with individuals, couples and families that are facing chronic or acute medical difficulties using a family therapy, systems perspective.
  • Course projects, internship work and dissertation research are focused on issues related to medical family therapy.

Therapy with Military Families Specialization

  • This specialization is designed to prepare you to work with individuals, couples, and families affiliated with the military using a family therapy, systems perspective.
  • Course projects, internship work and dissertation research are focused on issues related to working with military personnel and their families.