Marriage and Family Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many students are accepted each year?
We do not have a set number, but usually we accept between 5 to 8 doctoral students and 8 to 12 masters' students.
2. Are there any pre-requisites to enter the program?
For our master's program you need a bachelor's degree. However, most of our applicants have a degree in something related to the Human Sciences (e.g., Human Development and Family Studies, Community Services, Psychology, Sociology) although we have admitted applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds. Most also have some experiences that help them to know they will be a successful family therapist (e.g., work or volunteer experience with families or individuals) and knowledge of the MFT field.
For our doctoral program, you need to have a master's degree and it is helpful to have it from another MFT program. If you have a master's degree from another type of clinical program you may need to take some or most of our master's curriculum before continuing on with the doctoral courses.
3. What should my GRE scores need to be? Is there a minimum?
No, we do not require the GRE scores. We want people to be ready for the rigors of graduate work, but we look at the whole application- the scores, contribution statement, goals statement, and references.
4. Is the Master's program a terminal program?
Yes. Although the Master's degree is not currently accredited by COAMFTE, it is designed to meet the academic and practicum requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associates in the State of Texas as well as prepare students for doctoral work if they are interested in doing so. The only issue for our students who graduate from the master's program is that there may be more paperwork when they submit for licensure than there would be if they were coming from an accredited program.
5. How long does the program take?
The master's degree is 2 years. The doctoral degree will likely take 3 to 5 years depending on your client load, academic background, and how hard you want to work. Our advertised length of the doctoral program is 4 years.
6. How long do I have to complete a doctorate in MFT?
The TTU Graduate School requires that the doctoral degree be completed within 8 years, or 4 years after candidacy (after the qualifying exams have been passed), whichever comes first.
7. Can I work a full or part time job, while in the program?
Many students do part-time work while in their graduate degree. Most of our doctoral students have research and/or teaching assistantships. Some students work at clinical jobs in the community. Many of our students also have scholarships.
8. What will my degree prepare me for?
Most of our master's graduates go on and become licensed and work in clinical settings such as private practices, agencies, hospitals or similar places. Some go on and get doctoral degrees.
Our doctoral students often find jobs in academics, administration or clinical work. The Texas Tech MFT program is well regarded nationally and our graduates can be found in professional settings in many states and countries.
9. When is the application deadline?
January 1. All application materials must be received by the deadline.
10. How are applicants selected?
The faculty review the applications and decides who to invite to a day-long interview. Interview Day will be in late February or early March. Final decision for admission will be determined by the middle of March. Our successful applicants usually have worked hard and succeeded academically and know why they want to study MFT with us. They have usually gained experience (volunteer or professional) that helps them know why they are a good fit for the profession overall.
11. What is Lubbock like?
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12. Do you offer online graduate courses?
No. If you are interested in our program, you will need to live in Lubbock or a short driving distance to Texas Tech University.