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 NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
FT 7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in MFT
MFT 7102 Scholarly Writing in MFT
MFT 7103Research Methods in MFT
MFT 7104Statistical Design for MFT Research
MFT 7105Assessment in MFT Research and Intervention
MFT 7106Quantitative Research Design in MFT
MFT 7107Qualitative Research Design in MFT
MFT 7108Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in MFT
MFT 7109Planning Dissertation Research in MFT
MFT 8951MFT Doctoral Practicum I
MFT 8961MFT Doctoral Internship I
MFT 8962MFT Doctoral Internship II
MFT 8965MFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio
MFT 8970MFT Supervision
Specialization Courses
MFT 8101 Advanced Theories in MFT
MFT 8102Dynamics of Family Interaction
MFT 8305Emotion and Differentiation Focused Couple Therapy
MFT 8306Behavior Informed Couple Therapy Models
MFT 8303Systemic Sex Therapy
MFT 8307The Couple Life Cycle in MFT Practice and Supervision
Examination Course
CMP 9700M MFT Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

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