Texas Tech University

Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy

Admissions & Applications

Who Are We Looking For?

Master's Degree Program

Students entering our master's degree programs come from a wide range of academic backgrounds. You must have completed a bachelor's degree from a recognized/accredited college or university, but not in any specific field. If you have completed or are soon to complete your bachelor's degree, are an enthusiastic learner, care about people and families, are open to new ideas and perspectives, then you are the kind of student we are looking for.

Doctoral Degree

If you come from a strong academic background, are interested in furthering the field through research, are invested in a relational/systemic perspective, and care about people and families, then you are the kind of student we are looking for. Our doctoral program emphasizes relational/systemic research, clinical work, supervision, and academic instruction. Many of our graduates go on to academic positions.

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy must have completed a master's degree from a recognized/accredited college or university. A doctoral degree in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy requires the completion of the "Foundational Curriculum," offered in COAMFTE accredited master's degree programs. If you obtained your master's degree from a non-accredited MFT program or in a discipline other than MFT, it may be necessary for you to take additional coursework in order to meet the requirements of the Foundational Curriculum. We can work with you to determine what, if any, additional coursework may be required.

Admissions Criteria

Admission to the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences is based on a review of several sources of information. Applicants for the CMFT programs are evaluated according to three sets of criteria:

Evidence of Ability to Perform Graduate-Level Work As Documented By:

  1. Grade point average in previous undergraduate and graduate courses
  2. TOEFL scores (international students)
  3. Previous degrees from accredited institutions
  4. Letters of recommendation (preferably from academic sources)
  5. Writing ability

Fit of Applicant's Career Goals to Those of Departmental Graduate Programs and Personal Maturity as Indicated by:

  1. The applicant's goals statement
  2. On-campus interview

Unique Contributions as Explained in Applicant's Statement on:

  1. Special accomplishments
  2. Contributions to diversity, such as:
    1. First in family to go to college/graduate school
    2. Record of overcoming adversity (economic, social, physical)
    3. From a group historically under-represented in graduate education
    4. Knowledge of more than one language
    5. Unusual geographic region of origin
  3. Research and creative achievements
  4. Leadership background and potential
  5. Unique life experiences relevant to the pursuit of a graduate education

Graduate School Deadlines

Domestic deadlines

December 1

International Deadlines

December 1

How to Apply

The Graduate School online application system is designed to help you easily navigate through the application process and ensure you complete your application in a timely manner. 

ALL documents must be submitted through the online portal and directly to the department.

How to Apply

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Requirements for CMFT Program

  • Vita/Resume - Resume should include: Employment history, Education, Degrees, Honors and Leadership, Professional Organization, Special Awards, Research and other Creative Work Skills, Hobbies and Interests.
  • Goals Statement – In 500 words or less, describe explicitly your professional goals and any further information relevant to your interest and capacity for graduate study. Include a statement of how experiences in your family of origin have influenced your career goals.
  • Contribution Statement - Describe what special contributions you would bring; contribution to diversity, special accomplishments, research and creative achievements, leadership background, other unique life experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate education.
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • The GRE and GMAT are not required.

If you have any further questions, please contact Lori Minner, 806.834.3547 or email lori.minner@ttu.edu.


The Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences (CFAS), in conjunction with the College of Human Sciences, offers a variety of graduate scholarships of different amounts. In order for a student to receive a scholarship from CFAS, it is the College of Human Sciences' requirement that the student completes a graduate scholarship application through the graduate school and provides additional documentation.

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