Psychology Master of Arts (MFT)

Master of Arts in Psychology – Marriage and Family Therapy

The M.A. Program prepares students for doctoral study in clinical or counseling psychology, but is not an accredited clinical training program leading to licensure at the M.A. level.


Beyond having mastered standard, NIT graduates are:

  • Grounded in Recovery-Oriented Practice, putting clients at the heart of treatment, focusing upon co-creating a life worth living

  • Clinically and personally skilled in contemplative practice

  • Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion

  • Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training

  • Trained in the fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples

  • Experienced in the applications of Interpersonal Neurobiology from the inside out

The university takes pride in offering small teacher-student ratio, diversity, and individual attention in the classroom as the faculty nurtures all aspects of the therapist’s personhood, particularly intrapersonal awareness, interpersonal and multicultural knowledge, and the skills to turn this awareness and knowledge into helpful interactions with others.


42-Unit Master of Arts in Psychology – Multicultural Counseling (MCC)

With its focus on both Western and Eastern contributions to psychology

The 42-unit Master of Arts in Psychology – Multicultural Counseling (MCC) is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mental health but whose baccalaureate degree is in an unrelated field as well as those who are returning to school after a long gap. This program is an excellent way for human services professionals to update and upgrade their training. The program is also suitable for international students desiring a solid introduction to mental health care.

Graduates of NIT’s MA Psychology – MCC program are:

  • Grounded in Recovery-Oriented Practice
  • Well-practiced at making ethical decisions from the overlapping lenses of multiculturalism and Buddhist psychology
  • Trained in the fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
  • Experienced in conducting risk assessments and creating safety plans for suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, child abuse, and intimate partner violence

Note: The 42-unit MCC does not meet the requirements to sit for a license in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in any state. California State regulations state that students who complete and receive the 42-unit master’s degree cannot, post-graduation, transfer or apply those credits toward the completion of an MFT license program.