M.S. in Family Therapy

The Master of Science in Family Therapy prepares family therapists to take an active role in their community to enhance the 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.


The M.S. in Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Benefits of the degree

  • Fulfills all course requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists necessary to sit for the national licensure exam
  • In most graduating years, 100 percent of master’s graduates pass the national licensure exam
  • Real-world experience that enables graduates to be work-ready upon graduation and licensure
The MS in Family Therapy prepares graduates to take the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists licensure exam. If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to take the licensure exam in your home state.

Degree plan

Catalog information for the Master of Science in Family Therapy

Most students complete the program in about three years.

Thesis opportunity

For students interested in pursuing doctoral work, or who simply have an interest in research, the M.S. degree plan provides an opportunity to complete a thesis in lieu of the 6 elective credits. Students who pursue a thesis are closely mentored by award-winning faculty who are passionate about student-led research. Students who complete the thesis option often experience greater opportunities and success in doctoral admission.

Application information and requirements

  • Fall admission applications are due Dec. 1.
  • Spring admission applications are due Aug. 1.

All applicants must first meet both the and Graduate Program Admission Requirements set by the Graduate School.
No GRE required.

Additional requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 3.25 GPA on the last 60 hours of most recent bachelor’s degree
  • Participation in Interview Day

How to apply

Apply online to Texas Woman’s University through ApplyTexas.org

For more information

Aaron Norton, Ph.D., LMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Page last updated 11:39 AM, May 23, 2019