FAQs

MS Program in Marriage and Family Therapy

  1. Where is the training program located?
  2. How does being housed in the Department of Psychiatry benefit the program?
  3. How does one apply to the program?
  4. When are applications due?
  5. What are the program requirements?
  6. Do you accept part-time students?
  7. How long does it take to complete this program?
  8. How many credits per semester will I need to take?
  9. How many students are enrolled in the program?
  10. Would it be possible for an unmatriculated student to take courses before matriculating?
  11. Can I transfer previous graduate work?
  12. Do I have to take the GRE’s?
  13. What are the GPA requirements for entry to the program?
  14. What if my loan doesn't go through?
  15. How much is tuition?
  16. Percentages of tuition refund according to days within the drop/add period:
  17. Are there any scholarships available?
  18. Does the program tend to favor those with a Family Studies or Child Development background?
  19. What careers are MFT graduates qualified for and what are some typical jobs that graduates obtain?
  20. What kinds of skills or theory in family therapy does your program have?
  21. Where do your students train their therapeutic skills?
  22. How do I become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)?

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MS in Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program FAQ

Where is the training program located?
Family Therapy Training Program
Department of Psychiatry
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
300 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, New York 14642
How does being housed in the Department of Psychiatry benefit the program?
Our students are provided the unique opportunity to learn about mental health and families in a collaborative interdisciplinary context.
How does one apply to the program?
To submit an application click here: online application
  • All applications are submitted online
  • A complete application includes:
    • Online application
    • Personal/Research statement
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • Official transcript(s)
    • Official test scores
      • GRE Scores
      • TOEFL Scores (for all applicants whose native language is not English)
    • Completed Interviews with three (3) program faculty.
      Our Program participates in 2 university-wide interview days as well as conducts Individual Interviews as applications are completed.
      All interviews are by invitation.
      See more details on our how to apply page.

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    When are applications due?
    The Program accepts applications throughout the calendar year. Space is limited. Early applications are encouraged.

    Most students matriculate into the MS MFT program in the Fall semester. Spring admission may be possible as well.
    Master's Application Timeline

    For Admission to Fall Semester:

    By May 1

    Complete Application due

    May-June 1

    Offer of Admissions notices mailed

    By July 1

    Responses due for Offer of Admission

    August

    New student Orientation

    September

    Fall semester begins


    For Admission to Spring Semester:

    By November 1

    Complete Application due

    November-December 1

    Offer of Admission notices mailed

    By December 15

    Responses due for Offer of Admission

    January

    Spring semester begins

    What are the MS program requirements?
    Do you accept part-time students?
    Yes, we accept part time and full time students.
    On average, how long does it take to complete the MS program?
    The Masters of Science Program in Marriage and Family Therapy Program runs on a
    trimester system, with three terms per year: Fall, Spring & Summer.

    • Full time students typically complete the program in 6 terms. (6 terms = 2 Years or 24 months. This would include two summer semesters.)
    • Part time students can adjust their plan, taking approximately 4-5 years.
    • Clinical practicum is an important part of the program and usually begins in the third term (first Summer Semester).
      - Full time students should allow for 12- 15 hours per week for this activity.
      - Part time students should allow for 8-10 hours per week for practicum.
      - All students will complete 15 credit hours of Clinical Practicum & need
      500 clinical contact hours with at 100 hours of supervision.
    • Trisemesters/Terms:
      - Fall semester/ term: September through December*
      - Spring semester/ term: January through April*
      - Summer semester/ term: May through August*
      *Check the Academic Calendar for exact dates.
    • Please see sample program of study and course requirements for more information.

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    How many credits per semester will I need to take?
    Full time students who are expected to complete the program in 2 yrs, and to do Clinical Practicum work the entire 2nd year (Fall, Spring & Summer). Typically they will maintain 12 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters, and 6 in the Summer semesters.

    Part time students need to maintain 6 credits per semester.

    Each class is typically 2-3 hours per week.

    Please see the sample program of studies and course requirements.
    How many students are enrolled in the program?
    We admit between 10-15 students per year depending on the level of the applications. The total number of applicants vary a great deal from year to year, somewhere between 30-50 students. See our current MS students
    Can I transfer previous graduate work?
    Students are able to transfer in up to 10 credits of applicable graduate work.
    Would it be possible for an unmatriculated student to take courses before matriculating?
    Yes – you can take up to 10 credits as a non-matriculated student.

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    Do I have to take the GRE’s? What scores are acceptable?
    Yes. All MS applicants must take the general (aptitude) test and submit results.
    We do not have a specific cut off score, because we look at the "total picture". Typically we expect verbal and quantitative test scores to be above 1000 combined.
    Use institution code 2948 when ordering score report as indicated on the URMC Faq for Applicants Page.
    GRE web site - http://www.gre.org/
    What are the GPA requirements for entry to the program?
    We do not have a specific GPA requirement, because we look at the "total picture". Typically, our students have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better.
    What if my loan doesn't go through?
    To prevent late disbursement, be sure to complete the financial aid process in a timely fashion.
    How much is tuition?
    Percentages of tuition refund according to days within the drop/add period:
    View refund policies. No Penalty with U of R tuition if dropped within the drop/add period.
    Are there any scholarships available?
    The University of Rochester Family Therapy Training Program offers scholarships to applicants who show promise as academic and clinical leaders of the future. The scholarship awards are considered as a routine part of the application review.
    Does the program tend to favor those with a Family Studies or Child Development background?
    Our students have a very broad range of work experiences. The table below displays a sample of our students typical types of backgrounds:
    Degree Matriculated Field of Study Percentage of Total
    B.A. Education 3%
    B.A. Psychology/Sociology 3%
    B.A. Psychology 55%
    B.S. General Studies 3%
    B.S. Social Work 3%
    B.S. Psychology 6%
    BSRN Nursing 3%
    BSN Nursing 3%
    B.C. Psychology/A.D. Publicity 3%
    B.A. Sociology 6%
    MPH Public Health 3%
    M.S Education 3%
    M.D. General Medicine 3%
    Ph.D. Sociology 3%
    TOTAL 100%
    Volunteer work and experience in the human services (especially therapy-related experience) is highly recommended.

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    What careers are MFT graduates qualified for and what are some typical jobs that graduates obtain?
    Marriage and family therapists work in a variety of settings including:
    • Inpatient facilities
    • Employee Assistance Programs
    • Health Maintenance Organizations
    • Community Mental Health Centers
    • Business and Consulting Companies
    • Schools and Head Start Centers
    • Social Service Agencies
    • Universities and Research Centers
    • Courts and Prisons
    • Private Practice
    Sometimes MFT's work in teams with other health care professionals, such as family physicians. And some are involved in family research and public policy analysis from a family perspective.
    * This Career description is from the AAMFT web site.
    Click here for complete text and information from AAMFT.
     

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    What kinds of skills or theory in family therapy does your program have?
    We follow an integrated approach - training our students in all the major approaches. Structural, bowen, narrative, muli-systemic, etc. as well as medical family therapy. We follow a biopsychosocial approach and focus on a family systems approach.
    Where do your students train their therapeutic skills?
    We have several clinical sites - some are located in the Medical Center along with our training program, such as Woman's Health, Family Medicine, Psychiatry. Others are in the community. see: Clinical Settings
    How do I become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?
    Our program is accredited by the AAMFT, and our program is also approved by NY State as a licensure qualifying program. After obtaining your MS MFT degree, there are other requirements you must meet before sitting for the licensing exam.
    For more information regarding licensure in NY State - please see the Office of the Professions with New York State Education Department at: http://www.op.nysed.gov, as well as these informative links:
    Licensure qualifications vary from state to state. You should check the requirements for whatever state you are interested in becoming licensed in specifically. A good resource and place to start is the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards

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