Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Move forward and expand your horizons with a Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy


Northcentral University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) program will help you develop key skills and facilitate the personal and professional growth needed for effective practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. In our marriage and family therapy master’s degree, you will gain rigorous training and coursework to help you develop into a competent, ethical, culturally-sensitive and licensable marriage and family therapist who will make a difference in the communities where you live and work — while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

COAMFTE AccretitationNCU’s MAMFT is the first distance-based master’s-level marriage and family therapy program to earn the highly-coveted COAMFTE accreditation. While Marriage & Family Sciences courses are primarily online, you will complete your required face-to-face clinical training (practicum) and 12-month internship in your local community.

No other university can match NCU’s uniquely flexible approach to earning your MAMFT online, which includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Featuring NCU’s mentoring approach, you’ll experience one-to-one, individualized interaction with our professionally-seasoned professors, all of whom hold doctoral degrees. NCU’s masters in marriage and family therapy has no GRE or GMAT exam requirement, which can be time-consuming and costly.

NCU is perfect for the independent, self-motivated student who seeks a world-class education. No matter where you live, by enrolling to earn your marriage and family therapy master’s degree at NCU, you’ll join a vast network of professionals who are making a difference around the world.

James Billings, PhD, Dean, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences (SSBS)

“Northcentral University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) degree is currently the only COAMFTE accredited MAMFT program without a residency requirement, providing greater access and opportunity to earn a U.S. regionally accredited MFT degree. In addition to this unparalleled flexibility, this rigorous program is led by our highly-credentialed faculty who all hold doctoral degrees and have significant experience in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). More than 95% maintain an MFT license remaining clinically active, and more than 60% of our core faculty are national AAMFT Approved Supervisors. The NCU MAMFT is focused on helping clinical professionals stay within their local communities and enhance the presence of systemic behavioral health providers in their communities and within their profession.”
Unparalleled flexibility

Built around you.
  • Weekly course starts to fit your busy schedule
  • Distance-based* coursework for your MAMFT so you can pursue your degree anytime, anywhere
  • No residency requirements; no need to travel to a physical campus
  • No entrance exams; only your transcripts are required
  • 45-credit program
    Premier Education

    Courses are taught by professors, who all hold doctoral degrees, so you learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study.
    • WASC accredited; the same regional accreditation as other prestigious institutions in America
    • COAMFTE accredited; many employers require applicants to have a degree from a COAMFTE accredited program
    • One-to-one mentoring approach where professors focus on you
    • Excellent university resources to support your success now and in the future
    Tailored to you

    NCU is perfect for self-starters like you.
    • No group classes or projects to interfere with your schedule
    • You determine your schedule

    At NCU, our distance-based Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy programs are designed to make earning your degree possible despite life’s challenges. At NCU, your pace and growth aren’t dictated by anyone else; they’re dictated by you.

    Contact us today and let us help you achieve your career goals with a marriage and family therapy master’s degree from Northcentral University!

    Northcentral University currently offers masters in marriage and family therapy in eight in-demand specializations.

    * Marriage & Family Sciences courses are primarily online, however, practicum/ internships/clinical supervision activities include traditional engagement in the communities in which our students live.

    COAMFTE requires accredited program to provide Student Achievement data, starting with the year the program becomes accredited. The following table provide all Student Achievement data for the Master in Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

    COAMFTE Student Achievement Data for Master in Marriage and Family Therapy
    Accredited: December 2012
    Minimum Program Length: 2 years / Advertised Program Length: 4 years / Maximum Time to Complete Program: 6 years
    **Rates per cohort year are updated annually to reflect current student status**
    Student/Graduate Information COAMFTE Required Student Achievement Data
    Cohort Year # of Students Starting Program Active Students Graduates Inactive Students* Graduation Rate (Min Time - 2 Years) Grad Rate **(Advertised Time - 4 Years) Grad Rate (Max Time - 6 Years) National Exam Pass Rate (%) Job Placement Rate (%)***
    2012-2013 108 20% (n=21) 33% (n=36) 47% (n=51) 4% (n=4) 32% (n=35) 33% (n=36) 100% 82%
    2013-2014 260 54% (n=140) 13% (n=34) 33% (n=86) 4% (n=9) 13% (n=34) Time not exceeded 100% 100%
    2014-2015 339 72% (n=244) 3% (n=9) 25% (n=86) 3% (n=9) Time not exceeded Time not exceeded Time not exceeded No data to date
    2015-2016 375 91% (n=341) Time not exceeded 9% (n=34) Time not exceeded Time not exceeded Time not exceeded Time not exceeded Time not exceeded
    *Inactive Students: Students may withdraw, be dismissed, or take a leave of absence during the program. Some students return to the program and complete the program at a later time.
    **Graduation Rate: Students that graduate in the minimum time frame are included in the advertised student group. Students in the maximum graduation time frame includes students in both the minimum and advertised groups. Therefore, the length of time for graduate achievement data are cumulative.
    ***Job Placement: This is based on the number of students that report having employment within three years of graduation in the mental health field.
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