After Graduation

With expanding horizons and growing possibilities, marriage and family therapists are in demand.

Students graduate from a Program accredited by COAMFTE. They are awarded their MSMFT degree by Northwestern University. These credentials lead to a wide range of career paths:

1. Graduates of the MSMFT program are competitive with other professions that offer a terminal Master's degree (social work, counseling). They find employment in the full range of agencies providing mental health services.
2. Once licensed, many graduates establish their own private practice.
3. Graduates are also prepared to pursue doctoral studies in Marriage and Family Therapy and Psychology.

Graduates of the Program work in community mental health agencies, hospitals, clinics, residential treatment centers, schools and private practice treating individuals, couples, families and groups with a wide range of psychological, behavioral and emotional difficulties.

Student Achievement Data

As an AAMFT accredited Program, we report data on student achievement to our accrediting body on a yearly basis. The chart below provides evidence that our students successfully complete the program and are well prepared to pass the licensure exam and enter the profession following graduation.

Year Entered Program Graduation Rate National Exam Pass Rate Licensure Rate*
Fall 2005 100.00% 100.00% 85.71%
Fall 2006 95.65% 100.00% 54.55%
Fall 2007 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Fall 2008 100.00% 100.00% 72.73%
Fall 2009 96.15% 100.00% 56.00%
Fall 2010 95.65% 100.00% 22.73%
Fall 2011 100.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Fall 2012 96.15% 0.00% 0.00%
Fall 2013 100.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Fall 2014 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%

*Please Note: In order to become a licensed marriage and family therapist, graduates must complete at least 3000 hours of professional work experience in not less than a 2-year period. Our graduates’ licensure rates are affected by the rate at which they complete these hours, when they sit for the exam and report their results to The Family Institute. In addition, some of our students continue on to doctoral studies, others work part time, both of which postpone licensure.

To compare our student achievement data with comparable programs, please see data published by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.