Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences
Marriage & Family Therapy
Supportive and Rigorous Programs
The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs at TTU provide systemic clinical training to prepare students for clinical licensure and scholarly achievement. TTU is known for its supportive and rigorous programs, and has one of the largest groups of MFT faculty in the country. Our graduates have found success in a wide variety of academic, clinical and other settings. There are two graduate programs in MFT at TTU: a doctoral and a master's program.
The MFT doctoral program has a long and distinguished history of preparing students for contributions in academics, administration and clinical work. There is a strong emphasis on training in research methodology as well as theoretical and clinical sophistication. Many of TTU's doctoral graduates can be found in academic institutions around the country. The doctoral program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) since 1981. Click here for the doctoral program mission statement.
The master's program at TTU is a clinically-focused program that includes an emphasis in the treatment of addictions within a relational context. The MFT faculty work in partnership with the Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies (ADRS) faculty to provide training that prepares students for licensure as an MFT, LCDC, or for future doctoral work.
If you are engaged or recently married and want to build a strong foundation for your marriage, join us for the 'Great Start' pre-marital workshop sponsored by the Family Therapy Clinic. If you would like to pre-register, call (806)742-3074. The workshop is free to everyone. Participants will earn a $60 voucher to apply towards their marriage license fees. Call 806-742-3074 for more information.
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Event Dates: September 19, October 17, November 7
Location: Human Sciences Building RM 114, Texas Tech University
- AAMFT Conference
The AAMFT Annual Conference
Sept 3-6, 2015, Austin, TX
- NCFR Conference
NCFR Annual Conference
November 11-14, 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
TAMFT Annual Conference
March 2-5, 2016, San Antonia, TX
Students entering the program have a wide range of academic backgrounds. They not only come from all over the United States, but the world. This diversity facilitates growth and fosters understanding.
Texas Tech, as well as the Marriage and Family Therapy program, is committed to the principle that in no aspect shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of age, race, culture, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social class, or disability, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.
Ask an Adviser
Dr. Douglas Smith
Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director
Phone: (806) 834-7606
Office: HS 168A
Teaching and other Assistantships
All doctoral students are required to develop a teaching portfolio and gain teaching experience under the supervision of a faculty member. Others have administrative or other types of assistantships which give them valuable professional experience and financial help. Nearly all of our doctoral students have graduate assistantships for their first two years and many have other kinds of financial support. Some of our master's students are able to get assistantships as well, and many have scholarships. Others work off campus in clinical or other jobs.
Student Achievement Criteria
As part of the accreditation process, the MFT program tracks student graduation rates, national licensure exam pass rates, and licensure rates for each cohort of students and graduates of the doctoral program. The rates are available to the public at the link provided below.