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Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy

Earn a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy Online

Northcentral University is dedicated to developing innovative and leading-edge industry programs for our students. Our new Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) is a challenging, yet fulfilling, in-depth degree program designed to meet your own unique professional and personal goals.

The Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) is a challenging, yet fulfilling, in-depth degree program designed to provide a high-quality and rigorous education and training experience for students who wish to prepare for a career in marriage and family therapy. The program is focused on developing the skills required for effective relational or systemic practice in a variety of contexts. The DMFT offers training in program development and evaluation, grant writing, advanced clinical education, research coursework and opportunities, and supervision training and experience. Graduates of the DMFT will be prepared to develop and evaluate programs, write grants, deliver clinical services, supervise other clinicians, serve in administrative positions, oversee the business of mental health practices, and participate in education and scholarship in the field of marriage and family therapy.

Northcentral University’s Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) degree is currently the only DMFT without a residency requirement, so it provides an accessible opportunity to earn a U.S. regionally accredited degree wherever a candidate might reside. Despite that unparalleled flexibility, this quality program is led by our highly credentialed faculty who hold doctoral degrees and have significant experience in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). More than 95% maintain a MFT license and remain clinically active. The NCU DMFT 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. -Dr. James Billings, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences Dean

Program Handbook

The Program Handbook is designed to serve as a guide that provides you with applicable information that can help you succeed in your goal of becoming a marriage and family therapist. You will find policies and forms related to program admission, confidentiality, student progress and retention, graduation, program learning outcomes, the organizational structure of the program, specific program requirements, discussion on pursuing licensure, and other relevant program documents. It is a supplement to, but not a substitute for, the Northcentral University Catalog to access a web-based version of the handbook.

Career Potential*

  • College / University Administrator
  • College Professor / Instructor
  • Family / Behavioral Therapist
  • Family / School / General Social Worker
  • Medical Office / Practice Manager
  • Mental Health / Behavioral Counselor
  • Researcher / Research Associate
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

For additional information, read our Guide to Marriage and Family Therapy. This includes licensure resources, FAQ's and more.


6 professionally relevant specializations
Total Credit Hours: At least 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 20 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 54 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One