2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Aug 02, 2021  
2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy Dual Degree, MA/MSW


Keith Alford, Director School of Social Work kalford@syr.edu 315-443-5562

Thom deLara, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Marriage and Family Therapy tdelara@syr.edu 315-443-9830


For full faculty listings please visit:

MSW program: http://falk.syr.edu/Faculty/Department.aspx#SWK

MFT program: http://falk.syr.edu/Faculty/Department.aspx#MFT

Program Description:

This interdisciplinary program allows the student to complete degrees in two distinct professions, the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) in three years. The dual degree exposes students to the philosophical and legal distinctions of both degrees, creates a unique opportunity for MSW students to deepen their clinical training with couples and families, and introduces MFT students to a broader range of social work and social welfare course offerings as well as the art of clinical diagnosis which is in the scope of practice of the Social Work profession.


The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The MFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

Part-time Study:

Given the rigorous nature of this program only full-time study is allowed.  Students who are admitted to the program and drop below fulltime as defined by the sample program plan below will not be able to continue in the dual program.



Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework. Application requirements include transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Admission requirement for this program include TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants.

Financial Support:

Merit-based financial support is awarded based on a student’s admission application. These awards are highly competitive and are available to both U.S. and international full-time students. Students may apply for several loan programs to cover the cost of attendance. (Federal Direct Loan, Program Federal PLUS Loans, Alternative Loan Programs).


The Social Work department is located at 244 White Hall on the Syracuse University campus and provides faculty and student work space. In addition, the Social Work department offers field placement at any of the 200 social welfare, human services and health agencies from 27 counties in upstate New York.

The Marriage and Family Therapy department located at Peck Hall, 601 E. Genesee Street near main campus houses a newly renovated, state of the art, clinical training facility with 14 counseling rooms, observation rooms, and a digital recording system.

Transfer Credit:

The demands of this dual degree program may restrict your ability to transfer in courses from another MSW degree program. Please consult with the Social Work department directly to determine transfer credit eligibility.

Satisfactory Progress:

GPA of 3.0 or better & Pass Field Placement


Students who complete all requirements will receive the dual Master in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Students are required to complete all degree requirements as listed in the graduate course catalog for the Master of Social Work, and all degree requirements as listed in the graduate course catalog for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Students will be required to complete the entire dual degree program before either degree is awarded.

Total Credits: 96

Degree Requirements

Students will choose one of the three sequence plans below. Variations in the chosen squence plan is not recommended.  Academic advising is required to alter the chosen program plan

Sequence Plan I

SWK Start Regular/Full Time Program / 96 Credit Hours

Sequence Plan II

MFT Start/Regular Full Time Program/ 96 Credit Hours

Sequence Plan III

Advanced Standing Full time Program 78 Credit Hours (eligible BSW graduates only)