Marriage & Family Therapy

Graduate Programs in Marriage & Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapy is a field of psychotherapy that recognizes relationships not only impact mental health, but also are a critical factor in treatment and care. It is unique among the mental health professions with its holistic perspective on health care grounded in systems theory.

As highly trained psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists are qualified to treat a wide range of social, mental and emotional health disorders. As one of the five federally recognized core mental health disciplines, marriage and family therapists can work in private practice, community agencies, social service agencies, schools and more.

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

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Program Information

Texas Woman’s University offers two COAMFTE-accredited programs:


MS in Marriage & Family Therapy

PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy

Most courses in these programs are face-to-face and are offered only on the TWU Denton campus.

The MS and PhD degrees in marriage & family therapy contain courses required by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists to take the national licensing examination after completion of the degree.

The PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), becoming only the third doctoral program in Texas accredited by the agency, and only one in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Career Outlook

U.S. News & World Report rated marriage and family therapist among the top 5 best social services jobs in 2018. Marriage and family therapists have strong employment prospects with a projected growth rate of 23 percent through 2026 (much faster than average) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Page last updated 11:14 AM, July 2, 2024