Jun 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Therapy, M.A.

The Family Therapy Program provides academic coursework, clinical training and supervision to prepare students for careers as creative, caring and competent professional therapists for couples, families, individuals and groups. The program has been accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (AAMFT.org) since 1982 and prepares students for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas. Completion of the degree also fulfills the coursework requirements needed to take the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Exam in Texas. The UHCL Family Therapy Program prepares students to provide effective systemic and/or relationally oriented therapies with couples, families, individuals and groups.


The Family Therapy Selection Committee accepts a limited number of students into the program based on review and evaluation of the criteria required for application. These criteria include submitting a complete application (application form, vita, GRE scores, essay and 3 professional letters of reference-academic references from professor are preferred); official transcripts of all previous course work; GPA of 3.20 or above; GRE of 297 (1000 for older versions of GRE) or above preferred (verbal and quantitative); and 6 hours of undergraduate Behavioral Sciences coursework which must include Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. The GRE is waived for applicants who already hold a master’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses (6 hours)

Foundation courses include 6 hours of undergraduate Behavioral Sciences coursework in Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. Similar courses may be substituted for these classes and coursework from various classes may meet these content requirements as well. All such substitutions must be approved by the student’s faculty adviser.

Additional Information

  • Clinical internship involves a minimum of 400 hours of direct client contact. Internships are completed at approved sites throughout the Houston area.
  • Students are expected to join the American Association for Marriage And Family Therapy (AAMFT) while they are in the program.