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

Program Details

In today’s society, divorce rates are high, domestic violence is all-too-common and infidelity persists.  With this online PhDMFT in Couple Therapy, you’ll gain focused skills to help people, of all walks of life, overcome the challenges they face in their relationships.  Northcentral’s program hones your research abilities and critical thinking to a new level, on your path to becoming a highly-skilled therapist. You’ll complete a local internship and practicum as part of your doctorate studies.  The curriculum, taught 1:1 by faculty mentors, is COAMFTE accredited, and usually entails:

  • Emotion and Differentiation Focused Couple Therapy
  • Systemic Sex Therapy
  • The Couple Life Cycle in MFT Practice and Supervision


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

  • A master’s degree 
  • Have completed in a clinical program
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume

Special Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), a division of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

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).

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of Arkansas or North Carolina.