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).

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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.

Admission requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the M.S. in Family Therapy

Program Contact

Aaron Norton, PhD

Application Deadlines

Fall – December 1
Spring – August 1

Admission Requirements

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

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Applicants must email a letter of intent in PDF format to famsci@twu.edu that adheres to the following guidelines:
    • Use the style of a professional business letter, including date, name, and return address
    • Limit the body of the letter to 300 words
    • Discuss the following in the body of the letter:
      • Your interest in and reasons for wanting the master’s degree in Family Therapy. If you are not already familiar with the discipline of family therapy (as compared to other clinical mental health fields), we suggest you visit the website of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (www.aamft.org) and read the material available to learn more.
      • The strengths and skills you will bring to the Family Therapy program. These may include elements of your life experience, personal characteristics, occupational background, academic accomplishments, etc.
      • How you will adapt your current life to make room for Graduate School, including plans for coursework, the internship experience, etc.
      • Your professional goals for this degree.

For more information

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

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