Capella University

School of Counseling and Human Services
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Capella understands your goals to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. That’s why we created a flexible, online master’s degree in marriage and family counseling/therapy. Accredited by COAMFTE and CACREP, this program features a combination of online education and face-to-face experiences to help prepare you to pursue state licensure eligibility. You will learn to apply family systems theories and systemic clinical therapeutic techniques to address a wide range of relationship issues including the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and problems within the family system.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Carol Messmore, Ph.D.
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

225 South 6th Street
9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
United States

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Survey of Research in Human Development and Behavior
  • Survey of Research Methodology
  • Assessment, Tests, and Measures
  • Principles of Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Foundations of Addictive and Compulsive Behavior
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling
  • Professional Ethics in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy
  • Systemic Approaches to Gender and Sexuality
  • Theories of Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy Theory and Methods
  • Marriage and Family Systems
  • Couple and Marital Therapy
  • Utilizing Systemic Approaches: Infancy Through Adolescence
  • Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
  • Life Planning and Career Development
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/ Therapy Theory and Practice
  • Group Counseling and Clinical Applications in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Theory and Practice: Residency Track 1
  • Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Theory and Practice: Residency Track 2
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Clinical Practicum
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Clinical Internship 1
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Clinical Internship 2
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Clinical Internship 3
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Master's Program Type
Masters Program Options
  • Marital, Couple, & Family Counseling/Therapy
Masters Comments

The Capella University Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Program Director: Carol Messmore, Ph.D.
[email protected]


CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.