MS in Marriage and Family Therapy

Graduates of our MS in Marriage and Family Therapy Program leave with a depth of MFT knowledge and skill to competently practice as relational systemic professionals serving diverse communities with cultural attunement, self-reflection, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Students entering our MS in Marriage and Family Therapy Program will be exposed to the major family therapy conceptual and clinical models. Based in the Department of Psychiatry, within the University of Rochester Medical Center, means our students are embedded in a clinical practice site/hospital vs. a college campus type setting. 

This setting provides the unique opportunity to learn about mental health and families in a collaborative interdisciplinary context. Students complete yearlong clinical training at two practicum sites concurrently in their second year: several Rochester community-based clinical sites complement our onsite NYS Office of Mental Health regulated clinic, Strong Family Therapy Services. 

Practicum students receive weekly individual and group supervision at each site from AAMFT-approved supervisors or supervisors who are equivalently trained to provide relational systemic supervision.

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Accepting applications to the MS in Marriage and Family Therapy throughout the calendar year.  Programs begin in the Fall semester only. 

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The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy program is a 60 credit hour curriculum designed to train family therapists to work in the changing health and mental health environment.

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Accredited by COAMFTE

The MS in Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at the University of Rochester is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). RE-ACCREDITED through April 2024. (under self-study and re-accreditation review currently)

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Clinical Settings

We have several OMH approved mental health care settings where our students learn in a rich, multi-disciplinary context which prepares creative and competent marriage and family therapists to work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings.

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Course Offerings

Current and upcoming course offerings for the Family Therapy Training program.


Professional Licensure Disclosures

MS in Marriage and Family Therapy and state educational requirements.



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Additional Information

For more information about Marriage and Family Therapy/Therapists, please visit:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Contact Us

For information about our MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, please contact:

Program Co-Director

Jenny Speice, Ph.D., LMFT
Department of Psychiatry - URMC
300 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642
Email: Jenny Speice