Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Marriage and family therapy (MFT) is a distinct mental health discipline with a unique body of knowledge, research, clinical approaches and licensure laws. Northcentral University’s School of Marriage and Family Sciences offers marriage and family therapy degree programs that focus solely on treating individuals, couples, families and groups that struggle with mental and emotional disorders, as well as a wide range of behavioral and relationship problems.
PURPOSE: Provide 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.
NCU’s MFT master’s degree program will help you develop the skills and facilitate personal and professional growth that is needed for effective practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. Coursework and training is designed to follow the guidelines of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), which are the same guidelines used by most states to establish required courses to satisfy licensure requirements.
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) degree program has received five year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Northcentral University’s MAMFT is the first program with distance education to receive COAMFTE’s coveted programmatic accreditation, ensuring that the University’s program aligns with national accreditation standards.
To review the Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program Student Achievement Criteria (SAC) data, please visit: COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria page
Current and Future Californians:
If you reside in or are planning to move to and pursue licensure in California, you can choose the California Licensure Track option within the Master’s MFT degree program. This option has been pre-approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California and requires two modifications to the standard Master’s MFT degree plan.
OUTCOMES: Throughout the program, you will grow personally and professionally through the development of critical thinking skills, important clinical skills, appreciation of research through the scholar-practitioner model, and a lifelong commitment to learning and service.
You should come to this rigorous program ready to be stretched, challenged and prepared to make a difference in the lives of others. You will develop knowledge of family systems-oriented models of therapy and clinical skills across a variety of contexts, while building an understanding of systemic dynamics with diverse client populations. You will also become familiar with the AAMFT Code of Ethics.
See the NCU Course Catalog for student outcomes you will have obtained upon completion of this program.
ACHIEVEMENTS: The MAMFT program at Northcentral University will help you train to become an effective, knowledgeable clinician who is prepared to seek licensure in the growing MFT profession.
Licensed MFTs are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and who diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. Licensed MFTs may work in community agencies, schools, hospitals, prisons, employee assistance programs, private practices and other settings requiring mental health professionals. Research has consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy in the treatment of a wide range of mental, emotional and health issues.