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Culture, Diversity and
Social Justice in a Global
Context Specialization

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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 PhD-MFT in just 21 courses.

PhD-MFT in Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion

This specialization is designed to prepare students to serve in diversity and inclusion positions within organizations and institutions. Courses within this specialization explore key subjects such as understanding culturally inclusive language, exploring diversity and injustice on the global stage along with analyzing contextual systems of oppression and privilege. Additional subjects include how to provide more culturally sensitive care and creating more appropriate treatment plans for diverse populations.  

Students with this specialization are required to focus on issues related to culture, diversity and social justice in a global context for their course projects, Advanced Practical Experience Component and dissertation research.


Unmatched Flexibility

NU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty

No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement

You won’t have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NU, you’ll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Course Details


Credit Hours : 69

Courses: 23

Estimated Time to Complete: 56 months

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise relational/systemic ethical behaviors in various settings (SLO #5)
  • Create new knowledge in marriage and family therapy through independent research (SLO #4)
  • Cultivate competence in working with diverse populations in various contexts (SLO #3)
  • Students/graduates will develop expertise in an area of specialization related to the field of marriage and family therapy (SLO #2)
  • Develop relational/systemic innovations addressing contemporary issues in the field of marriage and family therapy (SLO #1)
Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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