Ph.D. in Family Therapy

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 multicultural, multi-systemic perspective.



ThenPh.D. in Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Benefits of the degree

  • Close mentorship focused on meeting each student’s individual career goals and needs
  • Advanced training in supervision of MFTs
  • Opportunities to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present at state and national conferences
  • Advanced research and teaching preparation for applying and serving in academic positions
  • Training in advanced clinical theory and practice with diverse populations
  • Acquire rich experiences with a diverse student body
The PhD 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

Ph.D. in Family Therapy

Application information and requirements

Fall admission applications are due Dec. 1.

Spring admission applications are due Aug. 1.

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

Additional requirements include:

  • Clinical master’s degree (e.g., MFT, counseling, psychology)
  • 3.5 GPA on most recent master’s degree
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Participation in Interview Day

How to apply

Apply online to Texas Woman’s University through

For more information

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

Page last updated 3:03 PM, April 2, 2019