Marriage & Family Therapist was ranked the #2 Best Social Services Job and #20 Best Job in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Jobs of 2021.
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.
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.
Our training integrates cutting-edge scholarship, hands-on clinical learning and supportive supervision. Our students go on to become competent, compassionate therapists, and leaders in the field.
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.
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 the Graduate Achievement Data Disclosure Table.
Those seeking licensure must obtain additional clinical experience and supervision before qualifying to take the licensing exam. This usually takes two years. Consult AAMFT for more information about the profession and your state licensing board for more information about licensing.
Attend an open house on campus or online to learn more about if the program is the right fit for you.
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 January 3. We look forward to meeting you.