Family Therapy

Graduate Programs in 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.

Career Outlook

U.S. News & World Report rated marriage and family therapist the second best social services job in 2017. Marriage and family therapists have strong employment prospects with a projected growth rate of 19 percent through 2024 (much faster than average) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Information

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

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.

 Degree Plans

Master of Science in Family Therapy*                                                  

Ph.D. in Family Therapy

  • Course Rotation                                                                    

*The M.S. in Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, 703-838-9808,                                         


Application Information

  • Fall admission applications are due Dec. 1.
  • Spring admission applications are due Aug. 1.

All applicants for the M.S. program in family therapy must complete a letter of intent.

All applicants for the Ph.D. program in family therapy must complete a letter of intent and submit a resume/curriculum vitae.

Steps to Applying

See Graduate Programs & Admission Requirements for additional information.

For more information

Sarah B. Woods, Ph.D., LMFT Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Ph.D. Program Coordinator