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Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

FERKAUF SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY

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Credits

60
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Degree level

Masters
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Course structure

Full Time
Located in the Bronx, New York City
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NYSED Approved

Licensure Qualifying
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Become a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York State at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology — a leader in psychology and counseling education for over 60 years. We are consistently rated among the top psychology schools in the nation and attract diverse students from across the globe. Here, faculty and administration are dedicated to providing quality private education and setting students up for success. Our graduate school has established an extensive network of field placement and internship options for our students. 

The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to meet the demand for therapists that are equipped to provide quality service to families and couples. 

Our 60 credit MS program is designed to provide students with the theoretical and clinical principles of therapy for couples and families at a master’s level. Graduates of our MFT program are eligible for licensure as LMFT in New York State.  Students will also be required to complete 300 client contact hours of supervised fieldwork before graduating.  These placements offer training and mentorship opportunities with licensed clinicians.

As the need grows for professionals qualified to treat families and couples in diverse environments, Ferkauf is proud to serve the Bronx community by providing high quality mental health services for a historically underserved population.

A Multitude of Field Placement Options

Ferkauf was founded as a graduate school of psychology in 1957, and as such, a highlight of this program is our network of field placement options with the unique opportunities to work with and learn from licensed clinicians in the field. Spanning across the New York metropolitan area, the placement sites include long-established community mental health centers, hospitals and agency affiliates. 

The Ferkauf Difference

Become a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York State

Make a difference for families and couples

60-credit program that combines theoretical knowledge, field work and mentorship opportunities.

Graduates can practice in private practice and mental health centers with specialized MFT expertise.

We train students in multicultural and diversity issues, so they are prepared to serve the extensive communities of New York City.

Ideal for students with a core background in psychology and a strong interest in working with couples and families.

Full Program Breakdown

Become a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York State at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology — a leader in psychology and counseling education for over 60 years. We are consistently rated among the top psychology schools in the nation and attract diverse students from across the globe. Here, faculty and administration are dedicated to providing quality private education and setting students up for success. Our graduate school has established an extensive network of field placement and internship options for our students. 

The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to meet the demand for therapists that are equipped to provide quality service to families and couples. 

Our 60 credit MS program is designed to provide students with the theoretical and clinical principles of therapy for couples and families at a master’s level. Graduates of our MFT program are eligible for licensure as LMFT in New York State.  Students will also be required to complete 300 client contact hours of supervised fieldwork before graduating.  These placements offer training and mentorship opportunities with licensed clinicians.

As the need grows for professionals qualified to treat families and couples in diverse environments, Ferkauf is proud to serve the Bronx community by providing high quality mental health services for a historically underserved population.

A Multitude of Field Placement Options

Ferkauf was founded as a graduate school of psychology in 1957, and as such, a highlight of this program is our network of field placement options with the unique opportunities to work with and learn from licensed clinicians in the field. Spanning across the New York metropolitan area, the placement sites include long-established community mental health centers, hospitals and agency affiliates. 

The Ferkauf Difference

Become a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York State

Make a difference for families and couples

60-credit program that combines theoretical knowledge, field work and mentorship opportunities.

Graduates can practice in private practice and mental health centers with specialized MFT expertise.

We train students in multicultural and diversity issues, so they are prepared to serve the extensive communities of New York City.

Ideal for students with a core background in psychology and a strong interest in working with couples and families.

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Become a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York State at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology — a leader in psychology and counseling education for over 60 years. We are consistently rated among the top psychology schools in the nation and attract diverse students from across the globe. Here, faculty and administration are dedicated to providing quality private education and setting students up for success. Our graduate school has established an extensive network of field placement and internship options for our students. 

The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to meet the demand for therapists that are equipped to provide quality service to families and couples. 

Our 60 credit MS program is designed to provide students with the theoretical and clinical principles of therapy for couples and families at a master’s level. Graduates of our MFT program are eligible for licensure as LMFT in New York State.  Students will also be required to complete 300 client contact hours of supervised fieldwork before graduating.  These placements offer training and mentorship opportunities with licensed clinicians.

As the need grows for professionals qualified to treat families and couples in diverse environments, Ferkauf is proud to serve the Bronx community by providing high quality mental health services for a historically underserved population.

A Multitude of Field Placement Options

Ferkauf was founded as a graduate school of psychology in 1957, and as such, a highlight of this program is our network of field placement options with the unique opportunities to work with and learn from licensed clinicians in the field. Spanning across the New York metropolitan area, the placement sites include long-established community mental health centers, hospitals and agency affiliates. 

Become a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York State

Make a difference for families and couples

60-credit program that combines theoretical knowledge, field work and mentorship opportunities.

Graduates can practice in private practice and mental health centers with specialized MFT expertise.

We train students in multicultural and diversity issues, so they are prepared to serve the extensive communities of New York City.

Ideal for students with a core background in psychology and a strong interest in working with couples and families.

Marriage and Family Therapy MS Program Leadership

Sharon Marianetti-Leeper, PhD, LMFT, LCAT
Director, Marriage & Family Therapy MS Program
Clinical Assistant Professor
sharon.marianettileeper@yu.edu
646-592-4547

Latoya Attis, PhD, MFT, M.Ed.
Field Placement Coordinator
Clinical Assistant Professor
Marriage & Family Therapy MS Program
latoya.attis@yu.edu
646-592-4533


Program Overview

Ideal for individuals interested in working with couples and families that also have a strong background in psychology.

Well-rounded, 60-credit program that provides theoretical foundations, field work opportunities, and mentorship opportunities.

Program designed to meet the increased demand for Marriage & Family Therapists in the United States.  

Quality private university education that sets students up for career success.

Admission Information

Requirements

The 60-credit MS program offers theoretical and applied principles of therapy to couples and families.

Required Core Courses: 51 credits

  • PFM 5100 Theoretical Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • PFM 5193 MFT: Acquisition of Clinical Knowledge & Skills
  • PSM 6440 Couples and Family Counseling
  • PFM 5485 Couples in Crisis
  • PFM 5500 Family Law
  • PFM 5200 MFT Elective (choose from list below)
  • PSM 6450 Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • PFM 5940 MFT Internship I
  • PFM 5941 MFT Internship II (total supervised hours must meet minimum of 300 hours; Comprehensive Exam)
  • PSM 6515 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6120 Basic Principles of Counseling
  • PSM 6815 Psychopathology: Child, Adolescent & Adult
  • PSM 6461 Principles in Group Therapy
  • PSM 6225 Assessment & Appraisal of Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups
  • PSM 6430 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation
  • PSM 6371 Ethics & Issues in Professional Practice (includes New York State required Syllabus on Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment)
  • PSM 6181 Multicultural and Diversity Issues

Other Required Courses: 9 credits

  • PSM 6193 Counseling Skills Development
  • PSM 6816 Advanced Issues in Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • PSM 6945 Counseling Practicum

Elective and Specialized Courses

  • PFM 5220 Impact of Culture, Race & Gender in MFT
  • PSM 6100 Neuropsychology Basic Principles
  • PSM 6170 Sexuality and Gender Counseling
  • PSM 6510 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Principles for Counseling
  • PSM 6194 Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Counseling
  • PSM 6483 Substance Abuse and Treatment (graduates qualify for 5-credit CAC certification)
  • PSM 6484 Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counseling
  • PSM 6182 Attachment Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6195 The Resilient Counselor
  • PSH 6930 Physiological Psychology
  • PSA 6071 Psychopharmacology

Curricula: Marriage and Family Counseling

The following is a typical program for students beginning in Fall.

Year I – 24 Credits / Academic Year

Fall – Year I 

*Basic Principles of Counseling 

*Lifespan Developmental Psychology (Human Growth and Development) 

*Counseling Skills Development 

*Theoretical Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling  

Spring – Year I 

*Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Couples and Family Therapy
*Psychopathology: Child, Adolescent & Adult 
*Multicultural and Diversity Issues
*The Acquisition of Clinical Knowledge and Skills 

Year II - 24 Credits / Academic Year

Fall – Year II 

*Ethics & Issues in Professional Practice 
*Couples and Family Counseling 
*Couples in Crisis: Theory & Practice 
*Marriage and Family Counseling Internship I 

Spring – Year II 

*Principles in Group Counseling 
* Advanced Issues in Psychopathology and Diagnosis 
*Family Law 
*Marriage and Family Counseling Internship II 

Year III – 12 Credits Minimum

Fall – Year III 

*Statistics, Research and Program 
*Counseling with Children and Adolescents 
*Marriage and Family Therapy Elective 
*Marriage and Family Counseling Internship III 

To learn more on how to apply for Admissions please visit our web page at https://www.yu.edu/ferkauf or contact the Office of Admissions at 718.430.3820 or augusta@yu.edu   

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Student Groups

Prospective Students

Admission Information

Requirements

The 60-credit MS program offers theoretical and applied principles of therapy to couples and families.

Required Core Courses: 51 credits

  • PFM 5100 Theoretical Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • PFM 5193 MFT: Acquisition of Clinical Knowledge & Skills
  • PSM 6440 Couples and Family Counseling
  • PFM 5485 Couples in Crisis
  • PFM 5500 Family Law
  • PFM 5200 MFT Elective (choose from list below)
  • PSM 6450 Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • PFM 5940 MFT Internship I
  • PFM 5941 MFT Internship II (total supervised hours must meet minimum of 300 hours; Comprehensive Exam)
  • PSM 6515 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6120 Basic Principles of Counseling
  • PSM 6815 Psychopathology: Child, Adolescent & Adult
  • PSM 6461 Principles in Group Therapy
  • PSM 6225 Assessment & Appraisal of Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups
  • PSM 6430 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation
  • PSM 6371 Ethics & Issues in Professional Practice (includes New York State required Syllabus on Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment)
  • PSM 6181 Multicultural and Diversity Issues

Other Required Courses: 9 credits

  • PSM 6193 Counseling Skills Development
  • PSM 6816 Advanced Issues in Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • PSM 6945 Counseling Practicum

Elective and Specialized Courses

  • PFM 5220 Impact of Culture, Race & Gender in MFT
  • PSM 6100 Neuropsychology Basic Principles
  • PSM 6170 Sexuality and Gender Counseling
  • PSM 6510 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Principles for Counseling
  • PSM 6194 Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Counseling
  • PSM 6483 Substance Abuse and Treatment (graduates qualify for 5-credit CAC certification)
  • PSM 6484 Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counseling
  • PSM 6182 Attachment Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6195 The Resilient Counselor
  • PSH 6930 Physiological Psychology
  • PSA 6071 Psychopharmacology

Curricula: Marriage and Family Counseling

The following is a typical program for students beginning in Fall.

Year I – 24 Credits / Academic Year

Fall – Year I 

*Basic Principles of Counseling 

*Lifespan Developmental Psychology (Human Growth and Development) 

*Counseling Skills Development 

*Theoretical Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling  

Spring – Year I 

*Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Couples and Family Therapy
*Psychopathology: Child, Adolescent & Adult 
*Multicultural and Diversity Issues
*The Acquisition of Clinical Knowledge and Skills 

Year II - 24 Credits / Academic Year

Fall – Year II 

*Ethics & Issues in Professional Practice 
*Couples and Family Counseling 
*Couples in Crisis: Theory & Practice 
*Marriage and Family Counseling Internship I 

Spring – Year II 

*Principles in Group Counseling 
* Advanced Issues in Psychopathology and Diagnosis 
*Family Law 
*Marriage and Family Counseling Internship II 

Year III – 12 Credits Minimum

Fall – Year III 

*Statistics, Research and Program 
*Counseling with Children and Adolescents 
*Marriage and Family Therapy Elective 
*Marriage and Family Counseling Internship III 

To learn more on how to apply for Admissions please visit our web page at https://www.yu.edu/ferkauf or contact the Office of Admissions at 718.430.3820 or augusta@yu.edu   

Student Resources

Student Resources


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