Marriage and Family Therapy (MS)

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Why Marriage and Family Therapy?

Help others face life’s challenges through compassion and active listening. As a marriage and family therapist, you will guide individuals, couples and families to understand themselves better, improve communication skills, resolves issues, and set goals.

Why Study Marriage and Family Therapy at Iona?

Our program is one of only three Marriage and Family Therapy programs in New York State that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Graduates of our program are eligible for New York State licensure upon completion of additional post-master's NYS requirements.

The small size of our program enables our dedicated faculty, who are all licensed marriage and family therapists, to provide individualized instruction that feels more like mentoring than teaching.

Our graduate data collection reflects a 100 percent pass rate for the National Exam for those students who were seeking state licensure!

What You'll Learn

You will gain the practical skills and knowledge necessary to deepen your impact in the fields of therapy, behavioral sciences, education and social services.

As part of the program, you will complete 500 hours of supervised face-to-face clinical experience hours with individuals, couples and families giving you valuable hands-on experience.

You will study individual as well as couple and family development, the different phases each goes through along with the various challenges encountered in life. You will be introduced to the many different models of family therapy.

One of the most exciting and important areas that we will study together is you! It is important to understand the people with whom you will work as therapists and the techniques for intervention. Our program puts special emphasis and focus on the therapist, or as we put it “the self of the therapist” – your personality, your family background, culture(s), ethnicity, and gender, all of which have shaped who you are and continue to influence how you interact in the therapy room.

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Unique Elements of Program

  • 500 hours of supervised face-to-face clinical experience hours
  • Capstone presentation required
  • Hands-on experience in our Marriage and Family Therapy Center and other external placement sites across the tri-state area.

Program Highlights

Iona Family Therapy Center

Our non-profit Iona Family Therapy Center (IFTC) offers affordable, responsive therapy services to individuals, children, couples and families in the community. Therapists are graduate students who are closely supervised by experienced faculty who are licensed marriage and family therapists.

Iona Family Therapy Center

Accredited Program

Our program is accredited by The Commission On Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the national accrediting body for marriage and family therapy education. It is one of only three such programs in New York State and one of 100 programs in the United States.

As a COAMFTE-accredited program the curriculum and supervised clinical experience hours accrued during the program are accepted by all 50 states in the U.S. However, each state has its own post-degree supervised clinical experience requirements. Students from other states and/or those who plan on licensing in another state are advised to check on that state’s clinical experience requirements.

Successful Graduates

Graduates of our program are eligible for New York State licensure upon completion of additional post-master's NYS requirements. Our graduates have a 100 percent pass rate for the National MFT exam!

Jetlexis Carlos

Without the faculty and staff guiding me, I would not be where I am today. They pushed me to be a better student, therapist, and person. As a result, I am now in a Ph.D. program, following my dreams of becoming a leader in the field of family therapy!

Jetlexis Carlos '17

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates have earned licenses as Marriage and Family Therapists and gone on to successful positions in a wide variety of organizations.

Job Titles

  • Assistant Clinical Director
  • Counselor
  • Clinical Director
  • Case Manager
  • Private Practitioner
  • Social Case Worker
  • Adjunct Instructors and Supervisors