2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Marriage and Family Therapy, MA

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Thom deLara, Department Chair and Professor of Practice
Dyane Watson, Assistant Director and Professor of Practice


Deborah Coolhart, Thom deLara, Rashmi Gangamma, Tracey Reichert Schimpff, Linda Stone Fish, Dyane Watson


The Syracuse University Marriage and Family Therapy (SUMFT) program educates and trains clinicians, scholars and researchers in the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy. Syracuse University MFT carries out this mission through the “Self and Systems” training and supervision approach which incorporates the integration of self-understanding of students in clinical training, with a systems framework for clinical work with clients. Students gain a solid knowledge of marriage and family therapy theory and techniques.
The 60 credit MA program is available in two formats, a traditional on-campus program utilizing both the Couple and Family Therapy Center, an on-campus clinical training and research facility, and at local community sites. A 60 credit on-line program will also be available starting in Fall 2020.
Applicants to the master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy are screened for admissions by a committee of faculty of the sponsoring department (Marriage and Family Therapy). Requirements include a completed bachelor’s degree, recent GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. There is no minimum GPA required for admission, although the MFT Department uses a benchmark of 3.4 as a standard.

Financial Support

Limited financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships and scholarship credits. Financial aid is determined on the basis of merit.


Most of the courses in the master’s degree are taught at Peck Hall, which is a newly renovated 30,000 square foot facility that has recently been completely renovated and adapted for a clinical training environment.  The building contains three smart classrooms and a new computer lab with 24 stations.

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 credits of degree applicable course work may be transferred to the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.  A grade of B or higher is required for a course to transfer.

Satisfactory Progress

Per University rules and regulations, Graduate students must earn a minimum average of 3.0 for work comprising the program for the degree or certificate and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.

Part-time study

A 3-year part-time program of study is available.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate awareness and regulation of self in system

2. Demonstrate engagement with cultural and contextual differences

3. Demonstrate MFT clinical competency skills across a variety of contexts

4. Demonstrate an applied knowledge of MFT legal and ethical guidelines and professional standards

5. Demonstrate an applied knowledge of MFT historical and current theoretical information

Course Requirements for M.A. Program

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