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The Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Theraoy program at Northcentral University is designed to offer you a broad range of electives and allows you to tailor your courses according to your personal and professional ambitions. Find out more about the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Northcentral University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program is designed to offer an exploration of the history of the family therapy field, systems theory and major family therapy models, and the processes and dynamics of marital and family systems. Coursework includes methods of therapy with adolescents, advanced couple therapy, family systems approaches to addiction, and family life education. You'll have the opportunity to develop skills in clinical assessment procedures and statistical design and analysis. This program is also intended to examine quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods related to marriage and family therapy.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you're considering applying to the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program, you must already possess a master's degree in marriage and family therapy or a clinical/therapy field from an accredited institution. You may also have a professional or educational background in psychology or counseling.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program is offered in two formats, a direct track of entry and an evaluation track. The direct track consists of 69 credit hours and is designed for marriage and family therapy master's degree holders; the evaluation track requires the completion of up to an additional 36 credit hours and is designed for individuals without the necessary foundation courses. Up to 15 additional credit hours may be allowed for the completion of dissertation research. Courses with an asterisk (*) are suggested elective courses.

Track 1: Direct Track Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Foundational Courses
MFT 7101Foundations for Doctoral Study in MFT
MFT 7102Scholarly Writing in MFT
MFT 8101Advanced Theories in MFT
Electives, Research, Internship, & Dissertation Courses
MFT 7103Research Methods in MFT
MFT 8102Dynamics of Family Interaction
MFT 7104Statistical Design for MFT Research
MFT 8202Family Therapy with Adolescents*
MFT 7105Assessment in MFT Research and Intervention
MFT 8301Advanced Couple Therapy*
MFT 7106Quantitative Research Design in MFT
MFT 8115Family Systems Approaches to Addiction*
MFT 7107Qualitative Research Design in MFT
MFT 8150Family Life Education*
MFT 7108Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in MFT
MFT 8951MFT Doctoral Practicum
MFT 8961MFT Doctoral Internship I
MFT 8962MFT Doctoral Internship II
MFT 8965MFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio
MFT 8970MFT Supervision Methods
MFT 7109Planning Dissertation Research in MFT
CMP 9500MFTMFT Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
DIS 9501MFTDoctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS 9502MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS 9503MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS 9504MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research IV


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Track 2: Evaluation Track Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Foundational Courses
MFT 7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in MFT
MFT 7102 Scholarly Writing in MFT
MFT 8101 Advanced Theories in MFT
Standard Curriculum Courses
MFT 5102Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development in MFT
MFT 5103Systemic Evaluation and Case Management
MFT 5104Treatment Planning and Traditional Family Therapy
MFT 5105Recovery Oriented Care and Postmodern Family Therapy
MFT 5106Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
MFT 6101 Lifespan Individual and Family Development
MFT 6102Psychopathology, Diagnosis, and Systemic Treatment
MFT 6103Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Therapy
MFT 6104Family Therapy with Children
MFT 6105Couple and Sex Therapy
MFT 6106Families in Crisis
MFT 6951MFT Practicum I
Electives, Research, Internship, & Dissertation Courses
MFT 7103 Research Methods in MFT
MFT 8102 Dynamics of Family Interaction
MFT 7104 Statistical Design for MFT Research
MFT 8202 Family Therapy with Adolescents*
MFT 7105 Assessment in MFT Research and Intervention
MFT 8301 Advanced Couple Therapy*
MFT 7106 Quantitative Research Design in MFT
MFT 8115 Family Systems Approaches to Addiction*
MFT 7107 Qualitative Research Design in MFT
MFT 8150 Family Life Education*
MFT 7108 Advanced Data Analysis Strategies in MFT
MFT 8951 MFT Doctoral Practicum
MFT 8961 MFT Doctoral Internship I
MFT 8962 MFT Doctoral Internship II
MFT 8965 MFT Doctoral Internship and Portfolio
MFT 8970 MFT Supervision Methods
MFT 7109 Planning Dissertation Research in MFT
CMP 9500MFT MFT Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
DIS 9501MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS 9502MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS 9503MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS 9504MFT Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After completing the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy program, you could be able to seek academic opportunities in colleges and universities. You could also pursue clinical positions in private practices, community mental health service organizations, counseling centers, and K-12 schools. Some positions may require licensure.

Examples of positions you could pursue as a graduate include:

  • Marriage/Family Therapist
  • School Counselor
  • Postsecondary Professor