Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Types: MS

The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MSMFT) is a COAMFTE accredited terminal degree program. With this degree, following a period of post-graduate supervised practice, graduates can become licensed as a marriage and family therapist. The program is designed for students drawn to the field of mental health who have a passion for treating relationships.

The program prepares students by using a 21st century approach to therapy developed over 25 years at The Family Institute. Known as Integrative Systemic Therapy, this approach produces therapists who skillfully deliver family, couple and individual therapy. The program is also research informed meaning that we teach therapists to use research to help clients solve problems. The program includes a comprehensive 16-course curriculum and 6 quarters of an intensive clinical internship. During the internships students conduct therapy with clients in the Institute’s own clinic. Students conduct 500 hours of therapy, including at least 400 face-to-face hours with clients, of which, at least 200 are conducted with couples and families. Students will also receive more than 250 hours of group and individual supervision.

This full-time program is completed in two years, including the summer following the first year.

The program is a partnership between The Graduate School and The Family Institute at Northwestern University, a world-renowned center with 40 years of experience conducting, teaching, and researching marriage and family therapy.

See Marriage and Family Therapy Degree Requirements for specific classes and procedures needed to complete this program.