Master of Science in Family Therapy

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All degree plans are developed in consultation with the student’s advisory committee and are based on current departmental requirements as well as individual student needs and objectives. No grade below B is accepted toward the master’s degrees described below.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

57 semester credit hours (thesis or non-thesis option)

As of August, 2017, the Texas state licensure requirements will include 60 credits in the Master's program. The degree plan for the Master's in Family Therapy is being revised to reflect this change, and the revised degree plan will appear in the next graduate catalog.


Courses in family therapy (30 hours), research (6 semester credit hours), plus a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of clinical internship specified in degree plan. Students must also pass the Family Therapy M.S. Final Exam.

Grading Specific to the Family Therapy Program:

All Family Therapy students are required to earn grades of "B" or better in all graduate courses.  If less than a "B" is earned, students must retake the course the next available semester the course is offered.  If a student earns two non-passing grades in any courses during their program, they will be removed from the program.  Even though students have retaken a course and earned a passing grade for one (1) course, it does not negate the consequence associated with this two non-passing grades requirement.

Final Examination

Family Therapy requires a final exam. This examination may be repeated once if deemed appropriate by the Family Therapy faculty.

Criminal Background Check

Passing a criminal background check is required by TWU and/or certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certifications/licensures. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program or become certified/licensed.

Master of Science in Family Therapy Program of Study (57 semester credit hours)

Family Therapy Core
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development (must be completed before begining Internship)3
FS 5023Family Sexuality (face-to-face class format only)3
FS 5123Theories of the Family3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5553Principles of Couple Therapy (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5563Foundations of Family Therapy Theory (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5853Family Systems (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5883Family of Origin (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 6233Issues and Ethics in Professional Development (must be taken at TWU and must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 6323Health, Illness, and Families3
Professional Competencies
FS 5363Prepracticum (must be completed before beginning Internship)3
FS 5544Internship in Family Therapy4
FS 5544Internship in Family Therapy4
FS 5544Internship in Family Therapy (must complete a minimum of 3 consecutive semesters)4
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
FS 5193Statistics for Research in Family Sciences3
Non-thesis Option
Select 6 semester credit hours as agreed upon by student's advisory committee. Choices include:6
Grief and Bereavement
Child Growth and Human Development in Early Childhood
Adolescents in the Family
Psychological Appraisal of the Individual
Group Counseling Procedures (Students must complete an application for this course and be approved during the semester preceeding enrollment. Must enroll in Family Therapy section only.)
Multicultural Counseling
Aging in Families and Society
Addiction Counseling
Child Guidance
Family Economics
Family: Current Topics
Law, Gender, and Sexuality
Rights, Race, and Social Justice
Transgressive Identities: Queer Theories and Critical 'Race' Theories
Feminism and Religion
OR Thesis Option
Total Semester Credit Hours57