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Northcentral University | MA in Marriage & Family Therapy: Couple Therapy

Students in Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program with a specialization in Couple Therapy will have the opportunity to prepare for careers guiding couples through marriage, relationship, and social expectation problems. Explore details of this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

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

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

This program is designed for professional development, so applicants should be focused on entering a career in marriage and family therapy and must submit a statement of intent, licensure plan, current CV, and list of possible clinical sites. All applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs must already possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) with a specialization in Couple Therapy program provides students the chance to gain a solid education in marriage and family therapy practices and theories while also allowing them to study techniques unique to couples therapy. Core MFT courses cover topics in theory-based treatment planning, MFT ethics and legal issues, case management strategies, and traditional psychodiagnostic categories. The specialization courses allow students to focus on concepts such as emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT), the relationship cycle, and common issues in couple therapy and couple sexuality. In addition to their courses, MFT students will also need to complete a research course and 500 hours of direct client contact.

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Total Credits Required:

The MAMFT program requires 45 credit hours; however, some students may need additional credit hours to meet specific state licensure requirements.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy with a Specialization in Couple Therapy:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • MFT 5101: Foundations for Graduate Study in MFT
  • MFT 5102: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development in MFT
  • MFT 5103: Systemic Evaluation and Case Management
  • MFT 5104: Treatment Planning and Traditional Family Therapy
  • MFT 5105: Recovery-Oriented Care and Postmodern Family Therapy
  • MFT 6101: Human Development and Family Dynamics Across the Lifespan
  • MFT 6103: Cultural Diversity, Gender, and Family Development
  • MFT 6105: Couple and Sex Therapy
  • MFT 6106: Families in Crisis

Couple Therapy Specialization Courses (9 credits)

  • Students choose two of the following:
    • MFT 6115: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
    • MFT 6510: Couple Therapy: Historical and Theoretical Foundations
    • MFT 6511: Couple Therapy: Clinical Applications
  • MFT 5106: Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice

Clinical Experience Requirements (9 credits)

  • 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

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After graduating from Northcentral University's Master of Arts in Family & Marriage Therapy program with a specialization in Couple Therapy, some students may choose to continue their training by enrolling in a post-master's certificate or doctoral-level program. These programs can help them expand their professional expertise, meet additional licensing requirements, or add an additional area of specialization. Some of the degree programs graduates could consider include:

  • Post-Master's Certificate in Couple Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Marriage Therapy - General Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Marriage Therapy - Couple Therapy
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families

Career Paths:

While specific licensure requirements vary by state, graduates of this MAMFT program may be able start the process to become licensed therapy practitioners. They could consider roles where they work with couples in different types of therapeutic settings. Some potential job titles include:

  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Family services therapist
  • Couples counselor
  • Intervention specialist
  • Marriage counselor