Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy program is committed to providing accessible and inclusive training of couple and family therapy scholars from varying backgrounds and experiences. Through active and collaborative mentorship, students engage in individualized opportunities that prepare them to be systemic leaders who serve their diverse communities as advanced clinicians, researchers, supervisors, educators, and leaders.



The Ph.D. 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.

Get connected with a Marriage & Family Therapy faculty member!

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 Marriage & 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 Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy

Admission requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy

Program Contact

Aaron Norton, Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Fall – December 1
Spring – August 1

Admission Requirements

  • Clinical master’s degree (e.g., marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology)
  • 3.5 GPA on most recent master’s degree

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Submit the following documents as separate PDF files in ONE email to
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Letter of Intent adhering 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 a doctorate 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 ( 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 doctoral studies.
        • Your research interests.
        • Your professional goals for this degree.
    3. An on-campus interview process is required through participation on Interview Day. The admissions coordinator will contact those applicants the department invites to interview.

For more information

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

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