Back to top
Graduation Rate
Applications per Year
Students Accepted Annually
Become an Outstanding Marriage & Family Therapy Practitioner by Learning From Leaders in the Field

Our faculty has written the definitive book on the integrative and systemic approach to therapy. We teach this approach to those drawn to the field of behavioral health with a passion for relationships through our world-renowned master's-level program. We invite you to join our program – to become an outstanding therapist who partners to see change in your clients, research and therapy.

Why Choose Our Marriage & Family Therapy Master's Program

Academic Courses
Internship Courses
Research Labs at Northwestern with MFT student representation
How You Will Learn

Receive theoretical learning in the classroom at Northwestern University and hands-on experience at The Family Institute for a comprehensive training experience with our full-time two-year program.

We believe in a 'learn-by-doing' approach. Thus, our students begin seeing clients right away toward the end of the first quarter of our program.

Doug C. Breunlin, LCSW, LMFT
McCormick Tribune Foundation Chair in Family Therapy, Director of Marriage & Family Therapy Program
Doug Breunlin The Family Institute
Faculty Members
Clinical Hours With Clients
Hours of Supervision
Who Will Teach You

Expert therapists, many of whom are nationally-known, from The Family Institute teach, supervise and provide immediate feedback to help you develop and master your therapy skills.

I believe one of the greatest strengths of The Family Institute is the depth and diversity of its therapists. It was such a rewarding opportunity to be able to collaborate with and learn from seasoned clinicians.

Kate Kadleck
Graduate of the Marriage & Family Therapy Program
What Degree You Will Earn

You will receive an accredited Master of Science degree from Northwestern University so you can start your career in marriage and family therapy.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), upon graduation, you will have met the educational requirements for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. View student achievement data.

Those seeking licensure must obtain additional clinical experience and supervision before qualifying to take the licensing exam. This usually takes two years. View guidelines for licensing in all 50 states.

Why Choose a Career in Marriage & Family Therapy


Access financial support and scholarships available to help you offset the cost of a world-renowned education.


Applications for fall admission are accepted between September 1 through December 31. We look forward to meeting you.