Doctorate in Couple Therapy

Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy, Specialized in Couple Therapy

Marriage and long-term relationships have always faced challenges, but never more so than today with definitions continually evolving. The Couple Therapy DMFT specialization is designed to prepare you to work primarily with couples in therapy settings from a family therapy and/or family systems perspective. With these goals in mind, you will be required to focus your course projects, internship work and dissertation research on issues related to working with couples desiring to repair or build their relationship. Through your online coursework and offline practicum within your community, you will be challenged to develop competencies and sensitivities to the particulars of working with couples facing challenges in their relationships.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
DMFT 60 20 48 months View Course Catalog

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
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, receiving 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.

*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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