The Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and has been providing exceptional training since 1983. It was one of the first accredited programs in Texas and has graduated over 650 marriage and family therapists, many of whom are practicing throughout the country and world. We have a national reputation for offering excellence in clinical training with some of the most exciting and diverse internship site opportunities around.
The program consists of a 60 credit hour curriculum, 500 direct client contact hours, and a community-based clinical internship experience spanning three semesters. While the minimum and recommended timeframe for completing the program is 3 years, students have up to 5 years to complete their coursework and clinical hours. The coursework fulfills Texas state requirements for licensure as a MFT.
Goals and Objectives
To accomplish this mission, the faculty has established four educational outcomes.
Students graduating from the UHCL master's program in Family Therapy will demonstrate
competence in the following four areas:
- Clinical: Graduates will demonstrate clinical competence in providing therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups.
- Theoretical: Graduates will demonstrate theoretical competence with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
- Research-Informed: Graduates will demonstrate research-informed competence with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
- Professional Issues: Graduates will demonstrate competence in professional issues in the field of couple and family therapy.
The Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
- Family Therapy M.A.
December 10 – January 25 for fall admission
- Complete the ApplyTexas online university application.
- Complete the Additional Supporting Documents for the program (below).
- Submit GRE scores (not more than 5 years old) through the standard reporting procedures.
- Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended to the UHCL Office of Admissions.
The following two documents must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):
- Curriculum Vitae: An expanded résumé describing previous education; all work experience; relevant course work and relevant volunteer activities; any honors, presentations, papers, avocations or other relevant life experiences
- Statement of purpose and goals, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals.
Three letters of recommendation and recommendation forms (PDF) should be submitted directly by the recommenders to email@example.com. Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know the applicant well are especially solicited.
The FT program has an additional fee of $35 that should be sent directly to UHCL. Please indicate that the application fee is for your application to the FT program. Check or money orders may be sent to:
Family Therapy Program Admissions
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 73
Houston, TX 77058
Additional Admission Information
Students wishing to enroll in this degree plan must formally apply. Additional information
can be obtained by contacting the faculty coordinator.
Curriculum and Instruction
Clinical and Research Opportunities
In addition to classroom training, our students engage in clinical practice at the
campus-based Psychological Services Clinic and community-based internship sites. Throughout their clinical training, students receive supervision from licensed MFTs
who hold an AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation. In addition to consulting with
supervisors, students also utilize their colleagues to discuss and conceptualize their
clinical work. These rich clinical experiences leave our students feeling confident
and prepared to launch into successful careers.
Students who have an interest in research also have opportunities to work with program faculty and across other disciplines. All program faculty have active and diverse research agendas and welcome student involvement (see faculty profiles). Many students also seek opportunities to conduct research in neurofeedback with Dr. Sarah Prinsloo at MD Anderson (adjunct faculty).
Student Data and Outcomes
Information for Current Students
- Student Handbook
- Family Therapy Student Association
- Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Texas State Board
- Class Schedule
- Enrollment Processes
- Waitlisting a Class
- Enrollment Verification
- Types of Aid
Investigate Your Career Options
Many of our students go on to be full-time clinicians, while others pursue doctoral studies and go on to work in academic and research settings. Many also become credentialed as State Approved or AAMFT Approved Supervisors. This allows them to supervise other clinicians working toward full licensure. While there are many ways to utilize a degree and license in MFT, here are some of the clinical settings in which MFTs practice:
- Private practice
- Community mental health agencies
- VA hospitals
- Residential treatment centers
- Wilderness programs for at-risk youth
- Collaborative care settings with family physicians
- Non-profit agencies
We also encourage our students to think outside the box in terms of careers that fit their interests. One notable example of this is Robert Andrews, one of the program's first graduates, who has built a career working with athletes that include many Olympic gold medalists.
For immediate assistance, please call or email Department Assistant III, Shelly Matejka, at 281-283-3491 or Matejka@uhcl.edu.
Human Sciences and Humanities
Academic Advising Office
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1098