Marriage and Family Therapy programs at Syracuse

Syracuse University’s Marriage and Family Therapy department demonstrates commitment to diversity and inclusion. Faculty and staff prepare students to value the creation of environments that are socially-just, anti-racist, LGBTQ-Affirmative, and anti-discriminatory environments and free of hate speech. Students are expected to engage in cultural humility, awareness of self in relation to others, and an understanding of psychosocial and cultural contexts of issues presented in clinical practice and research. We believe that valuing each other’s similarities and differences helps us to deepen our understanding of relationships in systems. Students are required to see clients with diverse backgrounds/experiences and may not choose their caseloads based on race, class, gender/gender expression, sexual identity, religion, culture, age, or other diversity category. We teach and provide gender affirming care in our coursework and clinical practice. We advocate for legislation that provides access to gender-affirming medical treatments and gender affirming care for youth.

‘First’, ‘only’ and ‘specialized’ are words that describe many of Falk’s Marriage and Family Therapy programs, including…

  • The first accredited MFT master degree in the country
  • Along with an accredited MFT online master degree for students interested in studying in their geographic location
  • The first and only accredited Ph.D. in MFT in the State of New York
  • The first 60-credit MFT master degree in the State of New York
  • Specialized training to work with marginalized populations, refugee and immigrant families, at-risk youth, and the LGBQ and Transgender communities
  • MFT students gain hands-on clinical experience in the on-site Couple and Family Therapy Center, with therapy rooms equipped for live and digitally recorded supervision.

Learn more about applying to our programs. Master applications are now being accepted. Ph.D. applications are due by Dec 15th, selected candidates will be invited for an in-person interview in January.

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The Falk College Department of Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). For information about graduate achievement, visit our COAMFTE Graduate Achievement Data page.

Syracuse University is an accredited marriage and family therapy training program approved by the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education.