California Licensure

Gain California Licensure by Board of Behavioral Sciences Approved Degree

Northcentral University’s California licensure track is a Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)* approved program in California and meets the educational requirements set by the state of California to earn a qualifying degree towards licensure. Since NCU is a regionally accredited university, this degree also meets the educational licensing requirements in many other states**. In compliance with BBS, all courses are taught by professors who possess significant experience in the field of MFT, and many are also currently practicing clinicians.

The NCU Difference

NCU's unique approach to graduate education is ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. Our education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. We use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. Throughout your academic journey, you will be mentored by professors who are experienced in your field of study. At NCU, you will never have to participate in group projects. You move forward on your pace, by setting your own studying schedule. In a class size of one, there’s no one to get in the way of your individual success. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in marriage and family therapy, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“I graduated in June 2016, and through my internship, I landed a full-time job as a residential therapist. I am right where I want to be, and I’m super excited.” — Krystal Phillips, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (2016)

* Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
**NCU’s California Licensure Track is designed to meet California state educational licensure requirements. NCU cannot guarantee that completion of coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure as this is regulated by state boards. Currently Kansas, and New Hampshire state licensure boards do not accept NCU’s MFT degrees. Students are responsible for checking their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling, and the three states listed above may not be complete and shouldn’t be relied on to assume the NCU’s programs meet requirements in states that are not listed.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
MAMFT 60 20 33 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy Learning Outcomes

  • Develop competence in working with diverse populations in academic, clinical, supervision and research settings.
  • Appraise clinical skills and ethical behaviors in systemic therapy and supervision.
  • Produce applied research in the field of marriage and family therapy through independent research.
  • Develop professional expertise in an area of specialization related to the field of marriage and family therapy.

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy Learning Outcomes

  • Model competence in working with diverse populations in academic, clinical, supervision and research settings.
  • Appraise clinical skills and ethical behaviors in systemic therapy and supervision.
  • Create new knowledge in marriage and family therapy through independent research.
  • Develop professional expertise in an area of specialization related to the field of marriage and family therapy.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Learning Outcomes

  • Employ competence in working with diverse populations in clinical settings.
  • Apply family systems oriented clinical skills across a variety of contexts.
  • Contrast family systems theory oriented models of therapy
  • Formulate a decision-making process for ethical dilemmas congruent with the AAMFT Code of Ethics.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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