Master - Marriage & Family Therapy: Couple Therapy

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Do you want to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a marriage and family therapist? Would you like to help couples work through their relationship problems? If so, Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Couple Therapy may be right for you. Read on to learn more about this online master's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy (MAMFT) program with a specialization in Couple Counseling provides you with the opportunity to learn about current marriage and family therapy theories and learn how to apply family systems models across a variety of contexts. Core courses cover topics in treatment planning, family dynamics, legal and ethical issues in MFT, and case management. In the specialization courses, you'll have the chance to study emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT), the relationship cycle, and common issues in couple therapy and couple sexuality. The program also requires you to complete an internship and practicum, which must include 500 hours of direct client contact.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you apply to NCU's MAMFT program with a specialization in Couple Therapy, you should have an interest in entering a career in marriage and family therapy and a desire to help others work through their relationship problems. You are required to have a bachelor's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this MAMFT program, you will be required to complete 45 credit hours. Of those credit hours, 27 will be from foundational courses, nine will be from specialization courses, and nine will be from clinical experience courses.

Courses for a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Couple Therapy

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Foundational Courses
MFT 5101 Foundations for Graduate Study in MFT
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 6101Human Development and Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan
MFT 6103Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Development
MFT 6105Couple and Sex Therapy
MFT 6106Families in Crisis
Specialization Courses
MFT 5106Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
Students choose 2 of the following:
MFT 6115 Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
MFT 6510Couple Therapy: Historical and Theoretical Foundations
MFT 6511 Couple Therapy: Clinical Applications
Clinical Experience Courses
MFT 6951 MFT Practicum I
MFT 6952 MFT Practicum II
MFT 6991 MFT Internship I
MFT 6992 MFT Internship II
MFT 6995 MFT Internship and Capstone Presentation

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

When you have completed this MAMFT - Couples Therapy program, you could be prepared to seek licensure and explore a variety of opportunities in counseling. After meeting licensure requirements, you could open your own couples counseling office, join another private counseling practices, or seek positions within public service agencies, mental health centers, and other settings. Some of the positions you could consider may include:

  • Marriage counselor
  • Mediator
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Couples counselor
  • Family services therapist