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Program Coordinator:
Dr. Sarah Woods • • 940-898-2682

Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats.
Face-to-face courses are only offered on the TWU Denton campus.

Texas Woman’s University was the first public university in Texas to offer MS and PhD degrees for marriage and family therapists. Our experienced faculty members foster the understanding and clinical practice of systemic family therapy theories.

Family Therapy Program Brochure (pdf)

Career Outlook

Marriage and family therapist was rated the second best social services job by U.S. News in 2017. Marriage and family therapists have strong employment prospects with a projected growth rate of 19% through 2024 (much faster than average) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Family Therapy contain the courses required by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists to take the national licensing examination after completion of the degree. Our graduates work in many settings, including:

  • private practice
  • social service agencies
  • schools
  • physicians’ offices and hospitals
  • veterans’ programs
  • universities
  • faith communities
  • corporate employee assistance programs

Prospective students

Admissions Process

Graduate Admissions Requirements

Guidelines for creating a Letter of Intent  [revised 4/13/16]

Admission Deadlines
Deadline to apply for spring admission is August 1st
Deadline to apply for fall admission is December 1st

Master's Program

The Master's in Family Therapy program at Texas Woman's University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808,

Family Therapy M.S. Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the MS in Family Therapy program is to prepare family therapists who will take an active role in their community to enhance quality of life for individuals and families in a global society. Based on a systems approach to interactions between individuals, families, and larger systems, students are empowered to conduct effective family therapy and are introduced to the role, process, and implications of research.

Doctoral Program

Family Therapy Ph.D. Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy program is to prepare systemic family therapists to contribute to family therapy scholarship and theory as advanced clinicians, researchers, supervisors, and educators. We are committed to training students from diverse backgrounds in a multiculturally-informed and multi-systemic perspective.

Family Therapy Current Student Information

page last updated 6/6/2017 8:45 AM