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

The number of families impacted by military service continues to increase. Therapists need to be equipped to understand the unique challenges of military families as well as military culture. Issues related to emotional and physical trauma, repeated deployments, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and substance abuse impact service members and their families. Northcentral University offers a specialization in working with families impacted by military service. This specialization was designed to meet a growing need of service members who return from active duty and attempt to acculturate back into their daily lives, as well as those families that attempt to recover from the loss of their husband, wife, father, mother, son or daughter who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. All branches of military service see the need for therapists trained to work with the unique needs of military families and are looking for qualified therapists to work with these families. Northcentral University is at the forefront of training skilled clinicians and researchers to meet the needs of our military families.


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).