M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy

The Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy prepares 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 marriage & family therapy and are introduced to the role, process and implications of research.


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

NOTE: GRE scores and/or letters of recommendation are NOT required in the application process.

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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 Marriage & Family Therapy prepares graduates to take the AMFTRB national licensure exam and meet requirements for licensure in the state of Texas as a marriage and family therapist. The MFT profession's general regulatory structure and practice/licensure requirements, including qualifying degree requirements, may vary across state and provincial jurisdictions. Information regarding licensure requirements in other states and provinces can be found at https://amftrb.org/resources/state-licensure-comparison/.

Degree plan

Catalog information for the Master of Science in Marriage & 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 M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy

Department Admission Contact:

Anna Stokes, M.S.

Application Deadlines

Fall – January 15
Spring – September 1

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of most recent bachelor’s degree
  • Submit a letter of intent into the application 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 Marriage & Family Therapy. If you are not already familiar with the discipline of marriage & 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 Marriage & 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.
  • An on-campus interview process is required through participation on Interview Day. The admissions coordinator will contact those applicants the department invites to interview.

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: https://twu.edu/alumni-advantage/. If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants


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

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