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Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy

School of Counseling and Human Services

Help Families Grow Positive Relationships

Sometimes, it takes work to grow together as a healthy couple or family. You can play a positive role in guiding people to achieve happiness and well-being. Our marriage and family counseling/therapy master’s degree program is COAMFTE- and CACREP-accredited, featuring a combination of online education and face-to-face experiences to help prepare you for state licensure eligibility. By becoming a licensed counselor or therapist, you’d be able to guide individuals, couples, and families toward a positive future in institutional, public, or private practice settings.

In compliance with COAMFTE's policy on public disclosure, Capella University reports publicly expected program length, advertised 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.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 9 Core Courses
  • 7 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Integrative Project
  • 2 Residencies
  • Internship
  • 1 Practicum

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Apply Theories In Your Practice

Bring foundational theories of marriage and family therapy to life in a clinical practice.

Help Society At Large

Serve diverse patient populations by integrating social justice and multi-cultural competencies. 

Learn To Think Like A Trained Therapist

Gain the insight needed to evaluate theoretical and practice issues relevant to family dynamics and systems theory.

Uphold The Ethics Of Your Profession

Apply the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the American Counseling Association Codes of Ethics.

Embody Empathy

Communicate with sensitivity, understanding, and respect with your clients and other professionals.

Prepare For Your Career

Develop your own approach to evidence-based therapy that meets the standards for marriage and family therapists.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Licensure Prep

The curriculum aligns to current marriage and family therapist education standards and is designed to help prepare you for state licensure eligibility.

Convenient, Flexible Learning

Access our engaging, online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

All Core Faculty Hold Doctorates

Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners who are active within their professions and bring real-world experience to the courseroom.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$487 per credit, 92 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Professionally credible, professionally aligned. COAMFTE and CACREP accreditation are the recognized professional benchmarks in marriage and family therapist education, aligning to most states licensure requirements and noticed by many potential employers.

We’ve formed strategic and academic partnerships with: The American Counseling Association (ACA), The American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Chi Sigma Iota, and Delta Kappa honor societies.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The curriculum for our marriage and family counseling/therapy master's degree program includes online and face-to-face experiences that focus on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, intervention, and clinical training.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
COUN5232 Systemic Approaches to Sexual and Gender Issues
COUN5271 Marriage and Family Systems
COUN5273 Couple and Marital Therapy
COUN5275 Utilizing Systemic Approaches: Infancy through Adolescence
COUN5820 Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Theory and Practice

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that helps you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.


Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.

Practicum / Internship

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

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation.

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Marriage and Family Therapy vs. Social Work

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Education in the Field: Practica and Internships at Capella

Learning options like practica and internships provide hands-on, in-person experiences to solidify knowledge.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online marriage and family counseling/therapy master's degree program.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Child and adolescent counselor
  • Counselor
  • Educational counselor
  • Couples therapist
  • Couples counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Therapist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Private practice
  • Group practice
  • Child welfare/children's services
  • Dept of social service
  • Family preservation/service agency
  • Educational institutions
  • Employee assistance program
  • Hospital
  • Nursing home
  • Community mental health center
  • Residential treatment center
  • Mental health agency

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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