Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Types: MS

The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MSMFT) is a terminal degree leading to state licensure as a marriage and family therapist. The program emphasizes couple and family therapy and provides training in individual therapy. It is designed for students drawn to the field of mental health with a passion for relationships.

Our program embraces the scientist-practitioner model. We train students to become practitioners who can apply empirically based knowledge and techniques to solve client problems. Study includes a comprehensive 23-course curriculum and an intensive clinical internship, in which students log a minimum of 500 clinical hours, 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.