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Certificate in Marriage
and Family Therapy

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Complete your studies on your own time.

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Start your first course when it’s convenient for you.

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Finish your marriage and family therapy certificate in just 6 courses.

National and Northcentral have merged, and this program is now offered by NU. Learn more.

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy

Go beyond your master’s degree with the 100% online Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at National University. Through NU’s marriage and family therapy certificate, you can hone your skills without committing to a doctoral program. With this certificate, you’ll refine your existing knowledge while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

Prepare to Enhance Your Career with a Post-Master’s Certificate

Tailor your NU online marriage and family therapy certificate to fit your career goals with one of these areas of emphasis:

  • Child and Adolescent Family Therapy
  • Couple Therapy
  • Culture, Diversity, and Social Justice in a Global Context
  • Education and Supervision
  • General Family Therapy
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Military Family Therapy
  • Systemic Leadership
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Course Details

Credit Hours: 18

Courses: 6

Estimated Time to Complete: 12 Months

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy can be completed in 18 credits. Each course runs 8 weeks, and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course.

  • Child and Adolescent Family Therapy 
  • Couple Therapy 
  • General Family Therapy 
  • Medical Family Therapy 
  • Therapy with Military Families

Course Sequence

Students can select any six courses from all the courses listed below or they can select a group of six courses based on an area of emphasis.

Child and Adolescent Family Therapy

Couple Therapy

General Family Therapy

This area of emphasis allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals

Note: Students can select any six (6) doctoral level MFT courses (excluding the first course in the program and dissertation courses) to meet the requirements of the General Family Therapy emphasis. Courses from the Department of Psychology can be included in the General Family Therapy emphasis with approval from the Dean or designee.

Medical Family Therapy

Therapy with Military Families

Certificate Requirements

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NU’s Post-Master’s certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last seven years with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

The Post-Master’s Certificate has the following graduation requirements:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred master’s level or higher degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript

Total Credit Hours: 18 Credit Hours*
Courses: 6 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 12 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One


Enrolling in a university is a big decision. That’s why our dedicated admissions team is here to guide you through the admissions process and help you find the right program for you and your career goals.

To apply to the Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy program, you must have a completed a master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

To that end, we’ve simplified and streamlined our application process, so you can get enrolled in your program right away. Because we accept and review applications year round, you can begin class as soon as next month, depending on your program and location of choice.

Learn more about undergraduate, graduate, military, and international student admissions, plus admissions information for transfer students. You can also learn more about our tuition rates and financial aid opportunities.

To speak with our admissions team, call (855) 355-6288 or request information and an advisor will contact you shortly. If you’re ready to apply, simply start your application today

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