PhD - Marriage & Family Therapy: General

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in General Family Therapy 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 requires a minimum of 69 credit hours; some students may need to complete additional Foundation Curriculum credits.

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-8102 Dynamics of Family Interaction
MFT-XXX Four additional electives from any of the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences specialization courses
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 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