Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina requires a minimum of a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or master’s in a related degree with required coursework* and a passing score on the National MFT Examination. An application for licensure may be submitted for review once you have registered for, taken or passed the National MFT Exam. However, no final approval for licensure can be obtained until proof of passing the National MFT Examination has been received.
If you have not taken or submitted an application for the National MFT Exam, click on the quick Link on this page Application for National MFT Exam, complete the application and submit. Refer to the calendar for application due dates.
The Board does not pre-evaluate or recommend programs/universities.
* Required Coursework (semester hours) – Application – NC MFT License for course requirements:
(a) Training required for an applicant with a related degree in G.S. 90-270.54(1)a is a graduate degree that includes marriage and family therapy content including coursework in theoretical foundation of marriage and family therapy, assessment and diagnosis, practice of marriage and family therapy; human development and family relations; professional identity and ethics, clinical research, and supervised clinical practicum or internship.
(b) Applicants who were enrolled in a master’s degree program on or before October 1, 2011 shall also be considered for licensure with coursework that includes specific marriage and family therapy content including coursework in general family studies, marriage and family therapy theory, psychopathology/abnormal behavior, theories of personality, and supervised clinical practicum or internship.
NOTE: The license application was revised effective April 8, 2013. Applicants must submit the current application. ‘Old’ application forms will not be accepted.