School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Designed to Meet the Needs of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy Students Around the Globe

Northcentral University’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers degree programs in the fields of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy that enable students to pursue a variety of career options. Our alumni work in government agencies, private practice, nonprofits, hospitals, military, universities, and public school systems. Courses are continually revised to remain current with the ever-changing challenges of working in the social sciences field. Many programs have internships embedded in the curriculum to give students real world opportunities to apply what they have learned in their courses. Our doctoral professors bring to the classroom a wealth of practical experience in their respective disciplines. With more than 100 faculty members in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, professors are assigned to courses that best match their academic, professional, and clinical experiences. Students benefit from being mentored in a one-to-one learning model in each course by a professor who has walked the path that the student is now on, and can share insights during the student’s academic journey.

Students and Faculty Span the World

NCU’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is a global program, with students located in every U.S. state, and many countries around the world. As an online university, our professors are geographically dispersed and primarily located across America, as well as some internationally. This creates a rich diversity among our faculty, infusing the program with a national - and even global - perspective of the field of social science. Most faculty members remain active in their own communities providing professional services, and working with the public, which allows them to bring current relevant experience to the classroom.

School Mission

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS) provides students throughout the world with accessible education opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values integral to professionals within the social and behavioral sciences. Northcentral University’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is composed of two departments: Psychology and Marriage and Family Sciences.

The Department of Psychology offers doctoral, master's, bachelor's and post-graduate certificate programs in psychology that emphasize the knowledge, skills, practical application and values that are integral to the field. Delivered with unparalleled flexibility, our 100% online degree and certificate programs emphasize an understanding of human behavior and how the mind works. NCU supports the professional growth of our students, and the coursework emphasizes improving the human condition through research and practice in a variety of professional settings, such as academia, corporations, mental health organizations and research institutions. All courses are taught by professors who hold doctoral degrees, so you learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study.

The Department of Marriage and Family Sciences offers doctoral, master’s and post-graduate certificate programs in marriage and family therapy. Becoming a marriage and family therapist is more than just a job. It’s about helping individuals, couples and families navigate the natural stressors and unexpected challenges of life. NCU offers the first distance-based MAMFT program to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)*, plus the first and only distance-based PhD in MFT program to be accredited by COAMFTE. With coursework delivered online**, you will also gain experience with face-to-face client interaction through practicums and internships in your local community under the direction of an approved clinical supervisor. Courses are taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, so you learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study.

*Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.838.9808, www.aamft.org
**Marriage & Family Sciences courses are primarily online, however, practicum/internships/clinical supervision activities include traditional engagement in the communities in which our students live