Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy

Learn to apply theory and therapeutic techniques to address a wide range of issues and to diagnose and treat problems within the family system.

This CACREP- and COAMFTE-accredited program is designed to prepare you for positions in marriage and family therapy in agency, community, and private practice settings. You'll receive academic preparation and clinical training intended to instill high standards for professional practice. Develop the ability to apply counseling theory, wellness theory, and research to relationship-building with families and couples.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned.

2015-2016 Demonstration of Program Outcomes MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy

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Integrate and apply research, relational and systemic theories, and theories of individual and family development across the life span to clinical practice settings.
Deliver culturally and ethnically sensitive counseling and therapy services to clients in agency, institutional, health care, community, and private practice settings.
Think critically and write effectively in the marital, couple, and family counseling and therapy discipline and/or professional practice.
Communicate professionally and empathically with others in all professional contacts.
Apply theories, practices, and professional standards to the marital, couple, family, and group counseling and therapy discipline.
Articulate own model of therapy and theory of change, align systemic clinical practice and professional development with state and national standards for the discipline.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q3 2015 - Q2 2016 capstone courses



Master of Science (MS) in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy1, 2 specialization

  • General Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • The MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703.838.9808.
  • Capella University's PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in School Counseling, and MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association's Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2020. The 2016 Counseling Education Unit Annual Report is available
  • Capella is the leader in distance education and offers a broad portfolio of counseling-related specializations.
  • All members of Capella's counselor education faculty hold doctoral degrees from accredited institutions.
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy graduates have a 77% pass rate on the National Counseling Exam.1
  • 132 learners graduated from the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016.
  • The current completion rate for learners from the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program that enrolled in 2010 and 2011 and graduated within 24 quarters is 33%.2
  • Of those that reported actively seeking employment, 58% of the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy surveyed reported job placement within 180 days of graduation.3

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is each learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for his or her state and professional associations.

1Exam pass rates are based on reports from the National Board of Certified Counselors on statistics for self-reported Capella alumni taking the NCE exam in Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2016. Capella is notified of exam scores by the exam proctor only if the exam takers identify Capella as a recipient of their scores. Out of 18 graduates that took the NCE exam, 14 passed.

2Completion rate is the percentage of those learners from 2010 and 2011 cohorts (learners who register for a second course in the year specified and complete their degree) - who finished their degree within 24 quarters. Within this group, out of 445 Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy learners, 146 graduated within 24 quarters.

3Capella does not offer job placement. Data for job placement were gathered via an alumni survey distributed to alumni that graduated from Capella's CACREP-accredited programs between 1/1/15 and 12/31/15. 12 Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy respondents to the Alumni Survey reported actively seeking employment. Of those seeking employment, all 7 reported being employed within 180 days of graduation.

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling degree program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2015 – Q1 2016.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2015 – Q1 2016.

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling degree program have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2015 – Q1 2016.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Social & Behavorial Sciences Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2015 – Q1 2016.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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