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The field of marriage and family therapy is projected to grow 29 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Capella Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy master's degree program will prepare you for expanded career opportunities in the counseling field. This program includes online coursework that incorporates a credit-bearing residency and a practicum/internship to allow you to apply your knowledge directly through practical application. Each facet of this program builds on the others to prepare you for state licensure eligibility.

Integrated therapeutic and educational course work includes:

  • High-quality learning with an emphasis on how to apply counseling theories and research to contemporary clinical practice
  • A credit-bearing residency and required direct-client contact and supervision
  • Clinical programs designed to prepare you for state licensure eligibility
  • Highly educated faculty, with real-world experience

In compliance with COAMFTE's policy on public disclosure, Capella University reports publicly student achievement data (including graduation rates, national exam pass rates, and licensure rates), expected program length, and maximum time to complete the degree. This information may be found on the COAMFTE website. Capella University's program has been COAMFTE-accredited since May, 2013.

This COAMFTE- and CACREP-accredited program includes a rigorous combination of distance education and face-to-face preparation. The curriculum includes online coursework, residential colloquia, and clinical field experiences to prepare you for state licensure eligibility.

The Building Blocks of Your Master's Program

This COAMFTE- and CACREP-accredited master’s program includes the following integrated components: online coursework, residencies, and field experiences. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and prepare you for state licensure eligibility.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, residencies, and field experiences all fit together.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

If you are seeking information on professional licensure, view our licensure information.

Degree Outcomes

With your Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy from Capella, you'll integrate and apply research and theories in the practice of marriage and family therapy, including relational/systemic theories, theories of individual and family development across the life span, and other foundational theories in marriage and family therapy to clinical practice. You'll also learn to think critically and write effectively in the discipline by analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating the theoretical and practice issues relevant to family dynamics and systems theory in the field of marriage and family therapy. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online program in general marriage and family counseling/therapy include marriage and family therapist, marriage and family counselor, child and adolescent counselor, counselor, educational counselor, couples therapist, couples counselor, substance abuse counselor, and therapist. Potential workplaces and fields include mental health, educational institutions, private sector, health care or child welfare/children's services.