Capella University Reviews of Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy

  • 18 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $15,233
75% of 18 students said this degree improved their career prospects
83% of 18 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy

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unhappy and transferring
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2021
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"Classes were boring and poorly run. My last teacher messed up my grade from an A to an F because she neglected to grade and and all of my discussion's and peer reviews. I'm in the process of transferring out and now delayed because of her neglect. I can't apply for a scholarship because this teacher's neglect lowered my 4.0 GPA standing. I don't see how this can happen. Thank goodness I have proof of my work but so angry that my transfer and starting my new school has been delayed on such a stupid error!"
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2019
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"I was unsure of a school that was all online. After talking to three different schools Capella seemed to be the best choice. Then I started my program. I am in my second year and I love it. Capella has so many resources to help you do your best. I have recomended Capella to many people and my best friend has started taking classes with Capells. It has given her a purpose and a furture to look to."
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2019
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"I loved the program, but the for profit part is an issue. I'm so far in debt I will never see the end before I die. It's a shame because I would have liked to have gone on for certificates, another master's or a PhD. As far as the education, there were a few holes but over all I feel I was well prepared."
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2019
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"Capella is a corporate machine who will take your money without any recourse. I would caution anyone choosing to go here. They are very hands off because they are so large and are for profit. You are not a student they care or work with but a means to make money. I received my Master in Marriage and Family Therapy through them and paid over $90k in fees and they have recently sent me to collection for a $900 class I did not formally withdraw from. I have tried to work with them for the past month to set up payment plans (even though I disputed the charges) and they will not pull me out of collection. (I have/had great credit and have never been sent to collections before in my 37 years.) Thanks, Capella!"
Sylvia Hill
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2018
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"From the very beginning of my career at Capella University, the advisors were knowledgeable, resourceful, and provided information of programs that would be useful in my future professional goals. Each professor has made themselves available to assist with any questions or concerns as well as provide several opportunities to enhance growth in the rigorous assignments that are required in classes. Each quarter students are able to look in advance to see when things are due which gives an opportunity to devise a schedule to ensure students are able to meet deadlines. Through readings and interactions with peers, students are able to apply knowledge they have learned and receive feedback from fellow peers and their professors. As a MFT student, I have learned more about the importance of family involvement in treatment as well as gravitated towards the narrative family therapy approach which views clients as resourceful and competent enough to overcome adversities through the help of the therapist uncovering their strengths."
Anne Marie Haugen
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2018
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"The MFT program at Capella has been amazing. The interaction between students and faculty/staff is truly what you make it to be. You can be as involved and interactive as your schedule permits. That being said the 2 Residencies that Capella requires are fabulous. You meet person to person for the first time and work on theories and practices with each other for an intense, but fulfilling, learning and nearly unexplainable to someone who has not yet experienced it. The course work all builds on top of previous courses in a well managed manner, providing the best possible learning experience. The MFT program is dual certified scholastically, giving the learner the best of all possible worlds upon graduation."
John Hubbarth
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2018
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"This was the first time that I had on-line courses. I am a young 70 years of age and found the program and instructors to be very well versed in their field. I enjoyed the courses and have learned a lot. I am putting on hold the last of my courses only due to school loans are more than I feel comfortable with. I hope to conclude my degree in the near future."
Nicole Franklin
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2018
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"This program is intense. It will take a lot from you in order to finish. Before you start, take some time for yourself. Create your own study process that will work on a daily basis. Take a vacation, save some money, and create a self-care plan. The program is designed to prepare you for becoming a person that will care for other people in an intense manner. There are courses in ethics, culture and diversity, theories, and socialization. Be prepared. You will have to travel on 2 occasions for what is called residency. Start saving now for your flight and hotel costs because the school will not cover that cost."
Megan T
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"Capella University's MFT/C program emphasizes on the systemic theories within the field of marriage and family therapy. Students complete a variety of work, including reading and searching articles, writing and participating in class discussions, completing APA formatted essays, and attending two residencies that expand counseling skills and knowledge further (Track 1 typically focuses on joining and attending skills; Track 2 involves co-facilitating a group session as well as facilitating a mock session). Students receive instruction from active licensed MFTs, who provide impactful guidance and assistance throughout the program, which also have the potential to expand into professional contacts. The concluding portion of the program involves fieldwork (Practicum and Internship), which focus on supervised internships at clinics of students' choice and the accumulation of set hours (couples/families, individual, group, non-direct). Preparing for this last portion of the program is essential for all students, so reaching out to potential sites and networking with local MFTs or other practicing counseling professionals should be a prioritized thought for any student within the program. Capella MFT/C students also have access to take the NCC before graduation and become part of national counseling honor societies."
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"The marriage and Family Counseling Therapy Program is a great program. It covers many aspects of mental health issues that plague our society. The program focuses on issues surrounding families as a unit. Although individual therapy is covered in the curriculum, its focus is healing the individual through family involvement. The MFCT program is similar to the coursework covered in tradional schools. However I would suggest studying hard and researching various books and videos to further your professional knowledge."
Melissa Forschler
  • Reviewed: 6/12/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"After separating from the Air Force, I did not know what I was going to do with an undergrad in Social Psychology. When I found Capella, it answered all of those questions. The degree I earned set me up for success as clinical director of a community based behavioral health company and a clinical supervisor. I am proud to say some of my supervisors are Capella students!"
Is this the right fit for you?
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"Going to a college online is a real challenge. It requires so much more of the student than the traditional college or university. The programs are pretty awesome and make sure that you know what you are talking about when you get that degree. The professors in the Masters program are experts or veterans in the field. My program, every professor is a counselor with at least 15 years experience. Some of them are still practicing in their field, but they take the time to help you. The students at Capella are helpful in the course room and in social media. We follow each other on Facebook and other platforms. I would say to take the free tester course and see if you can do this. Find a group on Facebook for Capella students and start asking questions. If you are working, create a self care plan and get your family on a schedule so you can take the time to study, you will be expected to write a lot of essays at the Masters level."
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"The biggest compliment to the school is the orientation that I was required to complete before beginning my first class. Most professors have been great and informative, but a few have been lazy and did not really offer any instruction. The instructions for some papers need to be more clear. If a class offers supplemental instruction, take advantage of this because it was so helpful even after that class. There is a lot of reading required and you will do well to review assignments and post before reading to know what is most important. I sometimes question the grading policy. I have had at least one student in every class that writes posts with horrible grammar or just absolutely does not construct the post according to the guidelines. I wonder what actions are taken to help these students or at least make them aware of their errors. The school is accredited, but as with any school you want to make sure your program of study is accredited. If you are seeking licensure, check your state guidelines to make sure your program meets the requirements. I would advise e-mailing financial aid because I had an issue where they did not respond to my initial request and because I e-mailed the information I had proof and the issue was corrected. This is not a hand holding school, so if you need that, go elsewhere."
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"I found my years at Capella to be both challenging but informative. I enjoy the online platform, because I feel that you truly get a change to research ideas and therapeutic techniques in such a way were you're making an informed decision on which type of therapeutic technique you prefer to use. I found an academic advisor that I trusted, however, the financial aid office is another thing. They are not helpful in assisting you in making financial choices. However, the professors are great, however this school needs to be more proactive in assisting their students in the practicum and internship phases. Other schools have agreements with different organizations and hospitals. It would be nice for Capella to do the same thing, especially for those students who live in the middle of no where ville, or for me who live in a big city, but all of the hospitals and counseling organizations have affiliations."
Brittney Arrington
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2017
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"This is my first time attending an educational institution that has been exclusively online. I have enjoyed my experience at Capella thus far and would highly recommend it to students who are seeking an online degree. So far I have not had any negative experiences to speak of; the academic advisors I have had so far have been very helpful and relay valuable sources of information when requested, the professors respond to emails in a timely fashion, and the coursework has not been difficult to follow. Just as any online course, it takes discipline, motivation, and dedication to be successful."
Capella Ambassador
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2016
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"I am currently attending Capella as master's degree student in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling. This is my first time attending an educational institution as a online learner and I can say it has continuously been a positive and rewarding experience. The professors and academic staff are great! The coursework has it's challenges but that is expected for a higher level degree. I am looking forward to finishing my degree at Capella! :-)"
Frustrated Student
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2016
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"One of the requirements to complete the marriage and family therapy/counseling program is to complete both a practicum and internship. I am very frustrated and unsatisfied with the services and assistance that I have received whenever I have reached out to the university for help. If you reach out to them for help they will just tell you to look at the resources on the websites. The most frustrating thing was that my advisor told me that I come off as entitled that they are supposed to help me find a place. I don't think they are supposed to hand me a site but provide me with assistance and an UP TO DATE LIST of potential sites. I will not recommend this place to anyone who wants to pursue something in marriage and family degree this university. Its sad because I have had some great classes and professors but the treatment I have gotten just upset me."
Laurel, Capella Staff
Responded: 9/9/2016

Hello. I am sorry to hear that you are frustrated. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your experience. Please send an email to; include your name and learner ID number and we will have a team member reach out.

Current Grad Student
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2015
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"This is my second masters degree, my first from an online institution. The rigor is high, but professors are generally supportive. Sure, I had some dud professors, but my department chair was eager to help. Additionally, when I contacted academic advisement, they were happy to help with future registration. College is not for everyone, and if you cannot handle the work, Capella is not a diploma mill. The work is difficult but you can learn a great deal if you choose. You can also burn through your tuition and do nothing. It's college, not middle school. No one is going to hold your hand. But if you work hard, and show dedication to the program, when you ask for further guidance from the professors, they are most often available--- as with any university."