Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Hone Your Skills at Helping Others and Make a Positive Difference

As the first MFT degree program with distance education to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), NCU’s MAMFT provides rigorous training to help you develop into a competent, ethical, culturally sensitive and licensable marriage and family therapist who will make a difference in the communities where you live and work. Accreditation from the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE), ensures that this program meets the quality standards for programs that provide systemic therapy education and training.

Northcentral University’s MFT program will help you develop key skills and facilitate the personal and professional growth needed for effective practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. In our marriage and family therapy master’s program, you will gain rigorous training and coursework to help you develop into a competent, ethical, culturally-sensitive and licensable marriage and family therapist who will make a difference in the communities where you live and work — while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors. NCU's MFT degree courses are primarily online, however, practicum/internships/and clinical supervision activities include traditional engagement in the communities our students reside.


10 professionally relevant specializations
Total Credit Hours: At least 45 Credit Hours*
Courses: 15-20*
Recommended Completion Time: 33 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

*Students seeking licensure may be required by their state to complete up to 60 credit hours, which could equate for up to 20 courses.

Marriage and Family Therapy Resources

Read our Guide to Marriage and Family Therapy

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.

COAMFTE requires accredited program to provide Student Achievement data, starting with the year the program becomes accredited. The following table provide all Student Achievement data for the Master in Marriage and Family Therapy Program

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Northcentral University
Accredited: December 2012
Advertised Program Length*: 4.5 years
Maximum Time to Complete Program: 6 years
Cohort Year Students Entered Program # of Students In Program
Advertised Graduation Rate (%)*
Maximum Graduation Rate (%)**
Job Placement Rate (%)***
National Exam Pass Rate (%)****
2011-2012 Not Accredited Not Accredited Not Accredited Not Accredited Not Accredited
2012-2013 108 n=48 (44%) n=55 (51%) 90% 68%
2013-2014 260 n=114 (44%) n=149 (57%) 93% 63%
2014-2015 335 n=122 (36%) n=153 (46%) 92% 78%
2015-2016 380 n=157 (41%) n=185 (49%) 95% 97%
2016-2017 331 n=112 (34%) In process 91% 95%
2017-2018 312 n=82 (26%) In process 80% 100%
2018-2019 229 n=27 (12%) In process 83% 83%
2019-2020 287 n=31 (11%) In process 86% 100%
2020-2021 352 In process In process In process In process


Programs are only required to provide data on the past 10 years/cohort or since the program was initial accredited, whichever is shorter.
* Programs should report graduation rates for program’s Advertised Length of Completion which is how long the program is designed to complete as written.
**Programs applying for initial or renewal of accreditation are required to publish the following in their SAC table: (1) the maximum length of program completion (years only) and (2) graduation rates for maximum length of program completion (maximum allowable time in which a student must finish the program). Programs in Maintenance of Accreditation are encouraged to continue publishing the graduation rates for maximum length of completion but are not required to do so.
*** Masters and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information. Job Placement Rates by cohort is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program.
**** Masters programs are required to provide this information. Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master’s programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort. Programs in California can use the California Law and Ethics exam for MFTs to meet this requirement. Masters programs can add a column if they have International students that do not take the exam or if they have students that take either the National Exam or the California Exam.

Career Potential*

  • Family / Behavioral Therapist
  • Family/ School / General Social Work
  • Medical Office / Practice Manager
  • Mental Health / Behavioral Counselor
  • Social / Human Services Manager
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • 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.