MFT Program Approvals and Accreditations

In order to ensure the highest level of quality in training and education within our MFT programs, we seek to obtain and maintain proper external reviews and approvals of our degree programs. We currently have the following examples of program approvals and accreditations achieved or in process related to National’s Marriage and Family Therapy programs.

  • National University’s Master’s program in MFT is the first online MFT program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). This achievement marks the highest level of program accreditation possible for an MFT program.
  • In April of 2008, we applied for and received approval of our MFT programs (MA and PhD) with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZBPPE).
  • We applied for approval of the three MFT programs with the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The WSCUC approved all three degree programs. Visit the institutions page and search for National University to review NU’s accreditation status
  • In December of 2010, we received approval of our MA MFT program from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CA-BBS), the MFT licensing board in California. This means that our degree program is pre-approved as meeting the educational requirements for MFT licensure in the State of California. You can review National University on the CA-BBS list of Accredited Schools with MFT Degree Programs. The MA MFT program went through this process again in 2012 when CA changed their educational requirements. National was again approved to offer a BBS pre-approved Master’s degree in California.
  • Our Supervision Methods course continues to be approved by the AAMFT. This means that students can use the courses as part of the process of becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
  • In May of 2015 National University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program was granted accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). NU’s program was granted initial accreditation for a five year period (May 1, 2015 – May 1, 2020), and was the first primarily distance-based PhD in MFT program to receive this coveted programmatic accreditation. The program is currently in the COAMFTE reaccreditation process.