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Program Coordinator:
Dr. Sarah Woods • • 940-898-2682

Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats.  Face-to-face courses are only offered on the TWU Denton campus.

Texas Woman’s University was the first public university in Texas to offer MS and PhD degrees for marriage and family therapists. Our experienced faculty members foster the understanding and clinical practice of systemic family therapy theories.

The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Family Therapy contain the courses required by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists to take the national licensing examination after completion of the degree. Our graduates work in many settings, including:

  • private practice
  • social service agencies
  • schools
  • physicians’ offices and hospitals
  • veterans’ programs
  • universities
  • faith communities
  • corporate employee assistance programs

View a detailed list of career opportunities in Family Therapy.

Family Therapy M.S. Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the MS in Family Therapy program is to prepare family therapists who will take an active role in their community to enhance 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.

Family Therapy Ph.D. Program Mission Statement:

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 multiculturally-informed and multi-systemic perspective.

Admissions Process

Graduate Admissions Requirements

 Dates apply to master's and doctoral applicants.


 Deadline to apply for Fall admission is February 15th.

Interview day is March 11, 2016 for Fall 2016 admission.

 Deadline to apply for Spring admission is September 15th.

Interview day is October 9, 2015 for Spring 2016 admission.

Degree Plans

    Master's Program

    Doctoral Program

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