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Marriage & Family Therapy - M.S.

Marriage and family counselors assist people through family and other relationship problems, such as low self-esteem, stress, addiction and substance abuse. They address many issues with a focus on treating clients’ relationships rather than just the individual.

Why Choose Marriage & Family Therapy?

The M.S. in marriage and family therapy program is designed for those seeking marriage and family therapist licensure or national board certification. It prepares you to provide a family-centered perspective to treatment for families, individuals or couples.

As a graduate student in this program, you will study, understand and develop the skills for providing therapy based on contextual, cultural and relational perspectives. Factors include:

  • Life span development
  • Family of origin
  • Family configuration
  • Culture
  • Gender
  • Living and schooling environment
  • Ethnicity

The Classroom

The small class size (no more than 18-20 in a section) provides students and professors the opportunity to collaborate and get to know one another. We accept students from diverse educational backgrounds and professional experiences. Each student brings their knowledge and perspective, which enriches everyone in the classroom. Most students form lifelong connections.

The Faculty

The faculty in this department are more than professors, they’re practitioners, from licensed marriage and family therapists and psychologists to mental health and school counselors. Their diverse training and years of job knowledge will enhance your classroom experience and accelerate your learning.

The Location

Located in the neighborhood of Riverdale, our campus is uniquely positioned within New York City’s Bronx borough, just minutes away from some of the top mental health hospitals, clinics and agencies in the nation. As a graduate student in the marriage and family therapy program, you will gain 700 hours of supervised, on-site counseling experience in some of the most socially and economically diverse areas in the U.S.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn how to work with families, couples and individuals on issues such as anxiety, depression, marital and relationship disputes and child-parent conflict.

By merging theory with research and practice, you will emerge with the necessary knowledge, skills and disposition to help clients understand how their behavior influences others’ behavior.

In addition to core courses in Marriage and Family Therapy Foundations and Individual and Family Life Span Development, class topics include:

  • Ethical, legal and professional issues
  • Contemporary couples therapy
  • Cross-cultural counseling
  • Life span development
See the Degree Requirements

What Will You Do?

The marriage and family therapy program prepares you for practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, governments, schools, outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, and private practices.