PhD - Marriage & Family Therapy: Couple Therapy

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The PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy program with a specialization in Couple Therapy at Northcentral University is focused on preparing you to work with couples in a therapy setting. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy program with a specialization in Couple Therapy at Northcentral University covers a broad range of subjects, from foundations for doctoral study to more specific courses like advanced assessment and intervention. You will be required to complete a number of internship courses where you will work directly with clients as well. You will be required to pass all your classes with at least a B average, pass a comprehensive exam, and write and defend an acceptable doctoral dissertation in order to graduate.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying for this program, you should already have a solid background in the behavioral and health sciences and an interest in helping couples work through their issues. You should enjoy helping others solve problems and have great organizational abilities. You are required to already have a master's degree completed in a clinical training program prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete a minimum of 69 credit hours. Courses include a combination of foundation, specialization and research courses, as well as internship courses, a comprehensive exam course and doctoral dissertation courses.

Courses for a PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Couple Therapy

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Courses
MFT7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in MFT
MFT7102 Scholarly Writing in MFT
MFT8101 Advanced Theories in MFT
MFT7103 Research Methods in MFT
MFT8102 Dynamics of Family Interaction
MFT7104 Statistical Design for MFT Research
MFT8301 Advanced Couple Therapy
MFT7105 Advanced Assessment in MFT Research and Intervention
MFT8302 Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
MFT7106 Quantitative Research Design in MFT
MFT8303 Systemic Sex Therapy
MFT7107 Qualitative Research Design in MFT
MFT8304 Treating Infidelity and Sex Addiction
MFT7108 Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in MFT
MFT8951 MFT Doctoral Practicum I
MFT8961 MFT Doctoral Internship I (1-credit course)
MFT8962 MFT Doctoral Internship II (1-credit course)
MFT8965 MFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio (1-credit course)
MFT8970 MFT Supervision Methods
MFT7109 Planning Dissertation Research in MFT
Examination Course
CMP9500MFT MFT Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS9501MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS9502MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS9503MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS9504MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Upon completing this program, you may be able to seek out and apply for a job that suits your talents and interests. By utilizing the skills emphasized in this program, you could look into work that directly involves clients and patients, work that is more research oriented, or work in many other environments.

Possible career paths include but are not limited to:

  • Sex Therapist
  • Couples Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychology Researcher
  • Family Therapist
  • Self Help Writer