Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy


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.


6 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

Important Information for Students, Including Gainful Employment
Performance Fact Sheets available for residents of California

*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 Data for Master in Marriage and Family Therapy
Accredited: December 2012
Minimum Program Length: 2 years / Advertised Program Length: 4 years / Maximum Time to Complete Program: 6 years
**Rates per cohort year are updated annually to reflect current student status**
Student/Graduate Information COAMFTE Required Student Achievement Data
Cohort Year # of Students Starting Program Active Students Graduates Inactive Students* Graduation Rate (Min Time - 2 Years) Grad Rate **(Advertised Time - 4 Years) Grad Rate (Max Time - 6 Years) National Exam Pass Rate (%) Job Placement Rate (%)***
2012-2013 108 9% (n=10) 44% (n=47) 47% (n=51) 4% (n=4) 43% (n=47) Time not exceeded 86% 81%
2013-2014 260 34% (n=89) 26% (n=68) 40% (n=103) 4% (n=9) 26% (n=68) Time not exceeded 100% 92%
2014-2015 339 53% (n=180) 7% (n=23) 40% (n=136) 3% (n=9) 7% (n=23) Time not exceeded No data to date 100%
2015-2016 375 79% (n=297) 1% (n=3) 20% (n=75) .2% (n=1) .8% (n=3) Time not exceeded No data to date Time not exceeded
2016-2017 228 86% (n=196) Time not exceeded 14% (n=32) Time not exceeded Time not exceeded Time not exceeded Time not exceeded Time not exceeded
*Inactive Students: Students may withdraw, be dismissed, or take a leave of absence during the program. Some students return to the program and complete the program at a later time.
**Graduation Rate: Students that graduate in the minimum time frame are included in the advertised student group. Students in the maximum graduation time frame includes students in both the minimum and advertised groups. Therefore, the length of time for graduate achievement data are cumulative.
***Job Placement: This is based on the number of students that report having employment within three years of graduation in the mental health field.