Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy / Medical 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.

When a member of the family becomes ill, the focus of the family is reoriented to center on health issues. This usually means arrangement for and attendance at appointments and medical tests, rearranging work schedules, and a lot of concern and worry for all family members. Concern about health issues becomes the family priority and the future can appear uncertain and frightening. Medical family therapy is the application of systems theory and taking a systems approach to conducting psychotherapy with patients and their families. This unique approach addresses the systemic interactions among patients, their families, their doctors and other healthcare professionals. At NCU, the Medical Family Therapy specialization is designed to prepare students to work effectively with individuals, couples and families that are facing chronic or acute medical difficulties. Students in the Medical Family Therapy specialization are introduced to this growing field and are prepared to compete and succeed in careers as Medical Family Therapy clinicians and researchers.


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), the accrediting body for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

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).