List of Accredited Online Degrees

Online Marriage and Family Therapy Programs Prepare You to Handle Emotional Situations
If your passion is to help treat those with mental health issues and help them better interact with the world and their families, consider becoming a marriage and family therapist. The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy research indicates that marriage and family therapy is in some cases more effective than individual treatments for conditions like anorexia, addiction, autism and adult schizophrenia.

As a therapist for couples, or parents and their children, you can help people who care for each other better communicate and solve problems in more constructive ways. To many professionals in this industry, helping families stay together is what they find most rewarding.

THE CAREER PATH

Graduates of marriage and family therapist programs are often seen working in the community at rehabilitation facilities, non-profit organizations, or even private practice either individually or in a mental health clinic.

MFT professionals help their clients by:

  • Asking questions to help them better identify their feelings. With young children, this is often done through some sort of activity such as role-playing.
  • Offering parenting classes and teaching participants how to better talk to and positively influence their children.
  • Teach communication skills and positive ways to handle confrontation and disagreements.

Therapists who focus on couples or family therapy earn a median salary of $48,600 annually according to the U.S. Department of Labor.  It is also considered a field that has a “bright outlook” since it is projected to grow by at least 14% over the next decade.

WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?

Many people have either been in dysfunctional home environments or know someone who has. Because of this, there is a need for marriage and family therapists. This may attract many to this field, but to truly thrive in this role it is important to have a desire to help people and make a difference in their lives. These professionals (and most therapists and counselors) also believe in the power of communication and can teach others to communicate better.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

It may be obvious that MFT therapists begin their degrees with education; however, many do not realize just how many different degree programs can help you pursue this career. Social work, human services, counseling, psychology, and other majors are all found on the resume of marriage and family therapists. To practice, you must have at least a master’s degree.

Once you have graduated, most states require that you be licensed to perform this type of counseling. Each state has its own set of requirements which normally include both education and supervised training. They may also have more specific mandates on education – both on degree type and major. 

For instance, New Mexico requires at least a master’s in family and marriage therapy, whereas Kentucky will also accept a graduate degree in counseling, community mental health, social work, or psychology as long as you have nine semester hours in marriage and family studies.

To find more specifics on the requirements of each state contact the schools you are considering or visit the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards website.

ONLINE MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY PROGRAMS

There are MFT programs that focus on this type of therapy at most levels of education from certificates to doctorates. This education tract can be found as a specialization in other related degree programs like psychology or counseling. Marriage and family therapy programs can also be completed 100% online. 

Regardless of which online marriage and family program you pursue, there are common elements to the curriculum that you will see. These include:

  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Child and Parent Therapy
  • Life Transitions and Human Development

Although many states require a master’s or doctorate to be a certified marriage and family therapist, many social workers and other human services professionals also focus on helping families. So, if you are committed to pursuing this career but are not ready to or cannot afford to earn a graduate degree, start small with a bachelor’s or certificate.

Our rankings show the average online master’s in psychology costs $26,393. Keep this figure in mind as you look at the tuition at different colleges and remember to also consider the cost per credit hour and how many credit hours are required to graduate.


     Browse 36 online marriage & family therapy programs below.
     Click on a listing to view total cost of attendance & verified student reviews.

 

 

List of Accredited Online Degrees

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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science / Family Dynamics

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics degree program develops graduates who are prepared to work as behavioral health technicians or specialists....

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Mental Health & Wellness / Family Dynamics

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics degree program is designed for students who have a passion to work with families...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    34
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Mental Health & Wellness / Grief & Bereavement

Enhance your ability to support end-of-life services with Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement. This degree is not...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    34
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Professional Counseling / Marriage & Family Therapy

The Master of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program is designed for students interested in becoming professional counselors. The program provid...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    74
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

MS - Sex Therapy

Helping individuals overcome underlying issues that present as sexual dysfunction requires a discreet, caring professional. Capella’s Master’s in Sex Therapy specialization gives you t...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    55
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)

Fuel your desire to make a difference to individuals and groups, while expanding your therapeutic reach. The Capella Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy master's degree program will prepare...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    92
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Liberty University offers an online Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy degree program. The flexible learning format delivers a valuable degree option to busy professionals fulfilling ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling / Marriage and Family

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family program offered through Liberty University is designed to prepare students for counseling work with families a...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Ed.D. in Community Care & Counseling / Marriage & Family Counseling

Liberty University’s online Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling – Marriage and Family Counseling program helps prepare you to offer professional counseling services....

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    57
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence Prevention

Offered by the University's Department of Criminal Justice and the Division of Online and Continuing Education, this certificate brings together courses in the areas of Criminal Justice, Commu...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Family Studies & Human Services

The online Family Studies and Human Services degree program examines the underlying human development in a family context across the life cycle. Students are given the tools necessary to manage pr...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor Completion
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    64
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in Family Studies

The undergraduate certificate in Family Studies is designed for students wishing to develop or enhance their knowledge and skills related to the provision of educational and support services to fa...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy / Child & Adolescent Therapy

Northcentral University’s Department of Marriage and Family Sciences offers doctoral, master’s and graduate certificate programs in marriage and family therapy. The online Child and Ad...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    23
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy / Couple Therapy

The online Couple Therapy specialization is designed to prepare students to work with couples in a therapeutic setting using a family therapy systems perspective. You will learn tools and resource...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    23
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy / General Family Therapy

The General Family Therapy specialization allows you to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit your personal interests and professional ambitions. Accommodate broad interests and go...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    23
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy / Medical Family Therapy

The online Medical Family Therapy specialization trains you to take a systems approach to conducting psychotherapy with patients and family members facing chronic or acute medical difficulties. Th...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    23
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy / Therapy with Military Families

The Military Family Therapy specialization prepares you to work with individuals, couples, and families who are affiliated with all branches of the military. Using a family therapy systems perspec...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Doctorate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    23
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Domestic and Family Violence Graduate Certificate

Louisiana Tech University offers a Domestic and Family Violence Graduate Certificate which is well suited for students who already have an undergraduate degree and are interested in furthering the...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies

Pennsylvania State University offers the Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies, a degree that can help you learn how individuals change from birth to old age, how families ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    Per Year

Children, Youth, and Family Services (Undergraduate Certificate)

Pennsylvania State University offers the Undergraduate Certificate in Children, Youth, and Family Services, a program designed to prepare students for a variety of roles in child and youth service...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    2
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy

Southern California Seminary offers the Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy, a degree designed to prepare students for working with couples and families as a Marriage and Family Therap...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Baptist

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    78
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Community Care & Counseling

Southwestern Assemblies of God University offers the Bachelor of Science in Community Care & Counseling, a degree designed to equip students with basic, foundational knowledge and skills as ca...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Assemblies of God Church

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    127
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

Western Michigan University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies for interested in working with families for private or public organizations that are devoted to helping manage and...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    122
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Family Studies

The online Master of Science in Family Studies merges the fields of Counseling and Human Behavior and Development with an emphasis on family life education. Graduates will...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Undenominational

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

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