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

Families face so many problems, yet so often display amazing strengths. However, families often need the help of competent researchers and therapists who are current in this rapidly changing field, appreciate the broad knowledge base of the MFT profession, and are interested in making a difference. The General Family Therapy specialization is designed to accommodate individual student’s broad interests and career plans within a degree plan that prepares them for work in our global and multicultural world. Students in this focus are expected to engage in collaborative research, advanced clinical training, and meaningful educational experiences to advance their careers as mental health professionals. Students in this specialization track will be able to select content courses from across the existing MFT specializations. The outcome of this preparation is for graduates to become well-trained scholar practitioners who can contribute to the field of family therapy as clinicians, supervisors, researchers and/or academics.


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).