Mental Health Administration

Learn to Help Families in Need Work Through the Bureaucracy

The mental health administration specialization is designed to prepare you to pursue roles as leaders and administrators in mental health organizations and agencies. You will gain knowledge of strategic planning, effective leadership skills, organization, and marketing within a mental health care setting. In this specialization, you may select up to two of your four specialization courses from the School of Business or Psychology. The mental health administration specialization can help you play a critical role in promoting the policies and procedures of mental health organizations and agencies at a local, national and global level.

The NCU Difference

Northcentral University is committed to providing a premier education for our students, and holds the same regional accreditation as other prestigious American universities (WSCUC*). NCU’s Department of Marriage and Family Sciences offers doctoral, master’s and graduate certificate programs in marriage and family therapy. You will learn from our professors, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, and are experienced professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one mentoring approach to learning allows you to experience individualized interaction. You'll be learning in a class size of one, so there's no need to worry about dropped classes or waiting lists. NCU’s flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. At NCU, there are no residency requirements, no need to travel to a physical campus and no entrance exams. You determine your schedule, just as you determine your educational outcome. That’s why NCU’s independent study approach is designed for you, the self-motivated student, who seeks a higher degree in their educational journey.

“You can’t go wrong choosing NCU. The staff and director are great, and the practicums you’ll get are invaluable.” - Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (2012)

*WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, http://www.wascsenior.org.

At A Glance

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