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Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Pursue the knowledge and skills you need to help individuals, couples and families improve their relationships with an online MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella. Turn your desire to help others into a career that can guide people toward more positive futures. Learn to integrate research and theory into practice, build clinical skills and self-awareness, and incorporate concepts of advocacy and social justice.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), this program helps prepare you to pursue state licensure eligibility for the MFT license.
COAMFTE Graduate Achievement Criteria Data for Capella University

All core faculty practice in the field

Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners who are practicing clinicians and AAMFT-approved supervisors and bring real-world experience to the courseroom.

Combined theory and practice

Apply and enhance your skills and knowledge through residency and internship requirements.

Strategic Alignment

Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the values, principles and ethical standards as set forth by COAMFTE, the national accreditation of marriage and family education.

Classes start April 10

Use the code WINTER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • COAMFTE accredited
  • GuidedPath
  • Online & In-person
  • 16 courses, 2 with residencies
  • 4 quarters of internship
  • 16 max transfer credits

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Job titles to explore

  • Family therapist
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Couples therapist
  • Child/adolescent/youth therapist
  • Therapist or counselor
  • Substance abuse therapist

Employment settings to explore

  • Community mental health center
  • Family/social service agency
  • County health department
  • Department of social services
  • Residential treatment center
  • Mental health agency
  • College or university counseling center
  • Adoption agency
  • Family preservation agency
  • Private/group clinical practice
  • Employee assistance program
  • Hospitals

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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