PhD in Medical Family Therapy

PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, Specialized in Medical Family Therapy

When a member of the family becomes ill, it becomes the focus of the family. The PhD in Medical Family Therapy trains you to take a systems approach to conducting psychotherapy with patients and their families during this difficult and stressful time. This unique approach addresses the systemic interactions among patients, their families, doctors and other healthcare professionals. This Medical Family Therapy specialization prepares you to work as a clinician and researcher who can function effectively with individuals, couples and families who are facing chronic or acute medical difficulties.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-MFT 69 23 56 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.

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.

*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.

Important Information for Students, Including Gainful Employment
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Northcentral University pursues programmatic accreditation whenever appropriate. The Master’s and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy are COAMFTE and IACSTE accredited.

The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is the accrediting body for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).


IACSTE AccreditationThe International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE) focuses on the development and implementation of quality standards for programs around the world that provide systemic therapy education and training.