Academic Programs


Marriage and Family Therapy, MA

The master of arts program in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Designed to meet the academic requirements for Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, it is intended for mature individuals with a strong commitment to the family therapy profession. All MFT core courses are open to matriculated students, only.


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

The dual master’s degree program (MA/MSW) in Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work allows students to complete a master’s degree in two distinct professions in three years. The dual degree exposes students to philosophical and legal distinctions of both degrees. It introduces Marriage and Family Therapy students to a broader range of social work and social welfare course offerings.


Marriage and Family Therapy, PhD

The doctoral program (PhD) builds on a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or completion of courses equivalent to the COAMFTE Standard M.A. Curriculum. The 72-credit hour curriculum consists of 33 credit hours from a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy or equivalent; 12 credits of advanced theory and practice; 12 credits of advanced research methodology; 3 credits of elective; 3 credits of advanced practicum; and 9 credits of dissertation. Requirements also include a 9-month clinical internship and satisfactory completion of the doctoral qualifying examination and the doctoral dissertation and related oral examination.


Child Therapy, CAS

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Therapy is available for graduate students, clinicians, mental health professionals, and practitioners from allied disciplines who intend to expand their knowledge and skills in clinical practice with children and their families or care-givers. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Therapy addresses the concerns expressed by state and federal agencies about the critical shortage of mental health professionals who are trained to address the needs of children, adolescents and their families.


Trauma-Informed Practice, CAS

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Trauma-Informed Practice is structured for clinicians, mental health professionals, and practitioners from allied disciplines to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of trauma response and intervention. Trauma-informed practice is based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate so that these services and programs can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatization.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Syracuse University Trauma-Informed CAS Gainful Employment Disclosure page.