Make a difference in the lives of couples and families

Join other caring professionals in the online master in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University. According to U.S. News & World Report, marriage and family therapy, a core mental health profession, is one of the fastest-growing professions today. Syracuse University has been preparing marriage and family therapy professionals for nearly five decades, and our commitment to high-quality learning now includes our online degree program. Master level MFT professionals are in greater demand than ever due to increased access to health insurance coverage for mental health issues. The need is high for all segments of the population, and is especially urgent among veterans and military personnel. Study part-time in your geographic location while continuing to meet your commitments to work, family, and other priorities.

  • 60-credit online curriculum includes 51 required credits and 9 elective credits
  • Short residency enhances student-faculty relationships and promotes skill building
  • Required 500-hour clinical practicum with individuals, couples, and families in your local community. Promotes professional competencies, relationship and resume building, and supports licensure.
  • Prepares graduates to work with veterans, military families, couples, children and families
  • Meets academic requirements for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • The online master is accredited by COAMFTE (Accreditation and licensing)

Commitment to Diversity

Syracuse University’s Marriage and Family Therapy department demonstrates commitment to diversity and inclusion. Faculty and staff prepare students to value the creation of socially-just, anti-racist, LGBTQ-Affirmative and anti-discriminatory environments. 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 orientation, religion, culture, age, or other diversity category.


Master level MFT graduates are highly trained mental health professionals who can make a significant contribution to the health and functioning of our society. They are in high demand in a variety of settings, including:

  • Inpatient and outpatient centers and hospitals
  • Government, military, and veterans facilities
  • Substance abuse and addiction treatment facilities
  • Mental health and counseling programs
  • Schools and social service agencies
  • Private Practice


Syracuse University’s MFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). This accreditation ensures students receive a quality education in marriage and family therapy that has been evaluated and met accepted standards established by the profession. This marriage and family therapy program is specifically structured to help prepare students for licensure as marriage and family therapists. It includes a substantial critical training component in which students work under the supervision of faculty and staff in a counseling setting or in the onsite clinic sponsored by the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. In addition to the onsite clinic, students will participate in an outside internship to earn additional hours toward licensure. Students in this program complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Course content is based on AAMFT Core Competencies, the AAMFT Code of Ethics, and Student Learning Outcomes which are established as part of the accreditation (COAMFTE) process.

State Licensure

Licensure for marriage and family therapists is regulated at a state level. A listing of state licensure requirements is available on the Association of Marital & Family Therapy Regulatory Boards website. A degree from the MFT program at Syracuse University will help facilitate licensure, however applicants must review the state requirements for licensure in the state where they are interested in becoming licensed. If the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University has, in good faith, approved clinical hours at a site in which hours counted by the student and signed by the supervisor are subsequently denied by a state board due to misrepresentation of qualifications on the part of the supervisor and/or agency director, or the trainee, the MFT Department cannot be held liable for loss of hours or income or for expenses incurred by the student or in any other way held liable. This makes it especially important that you consult with the program director of your faculty advisor if you have any questions about your site, your supervision, or issues regarding the earning of hours.

Tuition and Financial Aid

New reduced 2021-22 tuition for graduate students:

Beginning Summer 2021, tuition rates for matriculated students in Marriage and Family Therapy programs were reduced from $1,734 to $1,084 per credit hour for the 2021-22 academic year! This reduced pricing is for both new and current students. With few exceptions, the reduced rates can not be combined with other funding awards and are not applicable toward prior semesters’ tuition. For questions about the new tuition pricing, please contact Falk Admissions.

Getting Admitted

Applicants to the master in Marriage and Family Therapy are screened for admissions by a committee of faculty. Requirements include a completed bachelor 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. If you have more questions about the program, visit our frequently asked questions page.

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