An Online Experience That Fosters Your Development as a Therapist

The practice of therapy is personal and hands-on. So is the process of developing clinicians. Our online Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program has been carefully designed by The Family Institute at Northwestern University to give you a rigorous yet intimate experience that prepares you for a career as a creative, empathic, and effective practitioner.

Take a Northwestern Direction Online:

Develop yourself and define your career as you pursue your online Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy degree at Northwestern University.

Connections That Lead to Ongoing Networking Opportunities

Building relationships is a key skill for therapists. The online Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute gives you myriad opportunities to connect with diverse faculty and classmates during and outside of classes. Each week, you will attend live class sessions with 15 or fewer students taught by your professors. You will also work closely with peers and clinical supervisors to plan your clinical work with families, couples, and individuals. Relationships forged in this program often last for many years and provide an ongoing source of support, as well as a strong basis for networking.

Our online learning environment enables you to tap into our unique growth mindset so you can achieve your goals — no matter how many years of experience you have prior to entering the program, and no matter where you live in the United States.

Online Campus:

Attend classes, study sessions, office hours, and social events such as students mix and mingle.

Challenging Coursework That Reinforces Key Theories

As a marriage and family therapist, you will work with people from diverse backgrounds, so it’s important to learn, observe, and practice many theoretical approaches. Our faculty work with experienced video producers to translate their on-campus courses into compelling online assignments that reinforce the theories you learn in class. You can use our mobile application to complete coursework from anywhere, with or without an Internet connection.

Roundtable discussions: Explore diverse viewpoints from faculty and clinical supervisors as they discuss key topics with aspiring clinicians.

You will learn how to systematically apply theory, techniques, and interventions to real cases using the Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST).

Student Support:

Take advantage of our vast support network, available from the moment you inquire about the program through after you graduate.

Services That Enhance Your Experience as a Student and a Clinician

Prospective Students

As you explore whether this master’s program is the best fit for you, our admissions team will provide detailed, personalized information to help you make your decision. If you choose to apply, we will walk you through each step of submitting your best application.

Share your goals with a personal admissions counselor who will answer your questions when it’s most convenient for you.

Gain program insights during live online information sessions, including panel discussions with currently enrolled students.

Current Students

Once you enroll, our student support team will give you a tour of the online campus so you feel confident using the technology when classes start. As you progress through the program, you will work with a number of professionals who are here to make your experience successful.

A placement specialist helps you find Northwestern-approved practicum placements that are located in proximity to your community.

A technical support specialist is available to provide live assistance during each of your weekly class sessions.

A Student Success Advisor helps you choose a class schedule that reflects your interests and meets the program requirements.

A counseling librarian shows you how to locate academic resources as you complete your weekly coursework.

UWill is a leading teletherapy platform that enables students nationwide to receive real-time counseling online from a network of licensed mental health professionals. To get started, visit the UWill Portal, create your account with your University email, and connect with a clinician.

UWill provides 24×7 technical support by email support@uwill.com or phone 833-99-UWill.


After completing the program requirements, you will become a lifelong member of The Family Institute and Northwestern University alumni communities. You can choose to attend our on-campus commencement ceremony before going on to pursue licensure and employment as an ethical, empathetic, and accomplished marriage and family therapist.

Get feedback on your resume and cover letter, and enhance your interviewing skills with our career services team.

Network with thousands of accomplished alumni who could connect you with opportunities nationwide.