MFT California
Compare masters programs that meet the MFT licensure requirements in California.

Northcentral University

Northcentral University


M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Online Only

NCU Headquarters
2488 Historic Decatur Rd, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106

(866) 776-0331

Northcentral University M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy Program Page

Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.

Program Snapshot



Concentrations/Specializations Offered

  • General Family Therapy
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Military Family Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Family Therapy
  • Couple Therapy
  • LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy 

Length of Program

3-5 years


NCU's MFT degree courses are primarily online, however, practicum/internships/and clinical supervision activities include traditional engagement in the communities our students reside.

Program Start 

Year-round, students can begin the program several times during any given month.

Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation


Entering Class Size

N/A (students work one-on-one with a faculty member, no interaction with classmates required)

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Master's Degree Program Students will participate in direct client contact and supervision in their local area. During the first six months of clinical work, students also participate in weekly group practicum sessions with a qualified faculty member and other students in the program. These practicum sessions are conducted online via Internet video conferencing, using security features in order to maintain confidentiality and security of client records and meet HIPAA regulations.

  • With guidance from your Northcentral faculty, you will establish a local practicum site with a qualified supervisor that meets regulations outlined by your local licensure board. When possible, students are encouraged to seek out AAMFT Approved Supervisors.
  • In addition to working with a local supervisor, your clinical work will be reviewed during the group practicum sessions by an AAMFT Approved Supervisor or AAMFT Supervisor in Training on staff at Northcentral University.

To meet the clinical requirements for the MAMFT degree, students must complete a total of 500 hours of direct client contact (therapy), with a minimum of 50% (250) of these being relational therapy hours (i.e., working with couples and families). Students must also receive a minimum of 100 hours of approved supervision, with a minimum of 51 hours of face-to-face supervision with their local individual supervisors. 

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Data not available

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

In addition to these client contact hours, students must take the AATBS practice exam online and submit the results to the courseroom. This is a practice exam for the national licensing exam or the California licensing exam. Information about preparing for and taking this practice exam is provided in the applicable course syllabus.

As a final requirement of MFT6995 MFT Internship and Capstone Presentation, the student must prepare and give a presentation detailing his or her personal theory of therapy. This presentation will be given in an online video conference and must include video clips from actual therapy sessions in which the student demonstrates how he or she uses the presented theory of therapy with her/his clients. Students must pass the Final Case Presentation in order to graduate. 

Application Process

Application Deadline

None. Students can begin the program about one week after completing the application. 

Undergraduate GPA Requirement


GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses


Application highlights

Applicants are expected to compose a plan to obtain licensure, including exploring the requirements of finding a clinical practicum site and supervisor, as well as post-master’s degree requirements for licensure. Applicants are also required to respond to a series of questions referred to as a “Statement of Intent” so that MAMFT program faculty may evaluate the applicant’s interest in and readiness for the MAMFT program, as well as to see a brief sample of their writing. Applicants complete a Statement of Professional Ethics and Conduct, in which they are required to report any previous ethical and/or criminal behavior that may be relevant to training and practicing as a marriage and family therapist. 

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement

One-on-one interview via Skype

NCU’s MFT degree courses are primarily online, however, practicum/internships/and clinical supervision activities include traditional engagement in the communities our students reside.
— Northcentral University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Becoming a marriage and family therapist is more than just a job - it’s about helping individuals, couples and families navigate the natural stressors and unexpected challenges of life and come out better and stronger than before. NCU offers Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) graduate degree and certificate programs for students who are interested in joining this rewarding mental health field.


If you’re serious about pursuing a career as a marriage and family therapist, our COAMFTE-accredited Master’s or PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy programs can provide you with a quality education and training experience that will challenge you to develop your critical thinking and research skills, while applying what you learn to professional practice in the field of marriage and family therapy.