The master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students for a career in marriage and family therapy. Based on a systems approach to interactions between individuals, families, and larger systems, students are empowered to conduct effective family therapy with diverse populations and are introduced to the role, process, and implications of research.
The program provides the academic and internship requirements to sit for the AMFTRB national exam and be eligible for licensure as a marriage and family therapist associate in Texas.
The M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Ability to critically consume research literature.
- Teamwork and collaboration skills.
- Ethical and social responsibility.
- Ability to apply family therapy and family systems knowledge to professional practice.
- Clinical skills using a systemic lens.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
Thesis or Non-thesis Option: 60 semester credit hours (SCH)
Clinical coursework includes at least 3 semesters of Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy with a minimum of 300 direct client contact hours with individuals, couples, families, or other systems (at least 100 of which must be relational hours that occur over a minimum of 12 months of clinical practice), plus 100 hours of MFT relational/systemic supervision from a program supervisor (including a minimum of 50 hours utilizing observable data).
Passing a criminal background check may be required by TWU or certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certification/licensing. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be able to continue in the program or become certified/licensed.
No grade below B is accepted towards any graduate degree in the Department of Human Development, Family Studies, and Counseling (HDFSC). If more than one grade below B is earned while enrolled in any HDFSC graduate program, the student will be dismissed from the program and will be ineligible to re-enroll in any program within the department for a period of six years.
Students complete a written capstone project and participate in an oral defense of the completed product. The capstone project is outlined in the Marriage and Family Therapy Student Handbook.
|Family Therapy Core
|Lifespan Human Development
|Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors
|Systemic Couple and Sex Therapy
|Foundations of Family Therapy Theory
|Women and Minority Issues in Sex and Family Therapy
|Family Systems (must be taken with MFT 5543)
|Issues and Ethics in Professional Development (must be taken with MFT 5513)
|Collaborative Healthcare in Marriage and Family Therapy
|Family of Origin
|Practicum in Family Therapy
|Prepracticum in Family Therapy
|Internship in Marriage & Family Therapy (3 consecutive semesters minimum. Students must complete applications and be approved during the semester preceding enrollment for each semester of Internship.)
|Statistics for Family Sciences
|Research Methods in Family Sciences
|Select a Specialization
|Trauma and Addiction
|Systemic Treatment of Addiction in Couples and Families
|Systemic Treatment of Trauma in Couples and Families
|Grief and Bereavement
|Counseling an Aging Population
|Grief and Bereavement
|Play, Development, and the Young Learner
|Pre-Doctoral (select 2 of the following in consultation with academic advisor)
|Advanced Statistics for Family Sciences
|Effective College Teaching Methods
|Advanced Applications of Family Therapy to Contemporary Challenges
|Advanced Family Therapy Theory