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Fuel your desire to make a difference to individuals and groups, while expanding your therapeutic reach. The Capella Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy master's degree program will prepare you for increased 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.

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

The Building Blocks of Your Master's Program

This COAMFTE- and CACREP-accredited program features a rigorous combination of online education and face-to-face experiences that prepare you for state licensure eligibility. Capella offers comprehensive resources that assist you in securing an internship, a practicum or fieldwork opportunities. The curriculum incorporates integrated therapeutic and educational coursework including:

  • High-quality learning with an emphasis on applying marriage and family 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

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.