Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy / Couple Therapy
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University is designed to provide a high quality and rigorous education and training experience for serious students who wish to prepare for professional life as marriage and family therapists. Program faculty are selected for their expertise and ability to support students and facilitate exceptional educational attainment. The program is focused on developing the skills and personal and professional growth requisite for effective practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. The doctoral program offers advanced clinical education and training, research coursework and opportunities, and supervision training and experience. Graduates of the doctoral program will be prepared to carry out advanced clinical work and supervision and/or education and research in the field of marriage and family therapy.

Divorce rates are hovering between 50 and 60 percent. Likewise, the incidence of couple violence is estimated to be a reality for 40 percent of couples, and up to 70 percent of couples experience infidelity of some kind. Statistics like this highlight the importance of therapists receiving training in the area of couple relationships. Over 80 percent of therapists report treating couple’s issues while less than 12 percent are in a profession that requires even one formal class in the treatment of these and similar issues. The goal of the Couples Therapy specialization in the PhD Marriage & Family Therapy degree program at Northcentral University is to equip doctoral-level therapists and researchers to become skillful clinicians and frontrunners in this complex area of mental health treatment. In addition to the standard curriculum of the PhD program, this specialized includes eighteen (18) credit hours specifically focused on preparing graduates to become experts in couple’s therapy.


This program requires face-to-face client contact, supervision, and a doctoral internship prior to completing the program.

  • Applicants must have earned a master’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited university. The qualifying master’s degree must have been completed in a clinical program (e.g., MFT, psychology, social work, counseling)
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended
  • A current resume

Special Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).