Capella University

MS - Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE-accredited)


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Fuel your desire to make a different in the lives of individuals, couples, and families. Earning a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy can help prepare you to pursue increased career opportunities in this field. This program includes online coursework that incorporates a credit-bearing residency and four internships 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. This information may be found on the COAMFTE website. Capella University’s program has been COAMFTE-accredited since May 2013.

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

• Build marriage and family therapy expertise with a combination of online courses, in-person learning experiences, and engaging curriculum

• Learn with curriculum that aligns with current marriage and family therapy education standards

• Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision

• Enhance the skills you develop in your program through interaction with faculty and students in a supportive environment

With your MS in Marriage and Family 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. 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.

Job titles to explore with a degree in general marriage and family therapy include family therapist, child/adolescent/youth therapist, marriage and family therapist, and substance abuse therapist. Employment settings to explore include community mental health center, family/social service agency, county health department, mental health agency, private/group clinical practice, and college or university counseling center.*

*Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Eligibility Requirements:

Master's students must have a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

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