Texas Tech University

Marriage and Family Therapy Program Ranked 15th Nationally

Cara Vandergriff

September 4, 2015

Texas Tech was included in a list of the 50 most affordable, accredited MFT programs in the country.

Texas Tech University's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program in the College of Human Sciences recently named one of the 50 most affordable accredited MFT programs in the country. Texas Tech is ranked 15th on the list, which ranked COAMFTE-accredited programs according to their affordability based on graduate tuition and fees.

The list was created by Best Counseling Degrees, a website focusing on providing expert information and resources for prospective students considering a degree in counseling and related fields. Texas Tech was selected among more than 100 COAMFTE-accredited family therapy degree programs across the nation.

Doug Smith
Doug Smith

Doug Smith, director of the MFT program at Texas Tech, said the program is proud to be recognized as being a strong value for students.

“We have a long history of preparing excellent marriage and family therapy clinicians and advanced researchers who have and will continue to shape the profession,” Smith said.

Graduates of these programs must pass the national licensure exam and complete post master's supervised clinical hours to receive their degrees. Marriage and family therapists specialize in providing psychotherapy to couples and families, and recently were listed among the top 50 best jobs in America by CNN Money.

David Ivey, a professor in the MFT program, said while the program's tuition rates are very reasonable, what really sets it apart is the quality and reputation of its curriculum, staff and students.

“We stand as a solid and very attractive area of study in comparison to our sister programs at other institutions,” Ivey said. “Students within the program receive very strong training to support their development as researchers, educators and clinicians.”

Texas Tech's marriage and family therapy doctoral degree program is one of the longest-standing accredited programs in the country, having been continuously COAMFTE-accredited since 1981. The program prepares graduates to be experts in research, clinical work and academic instruction and generally accepts only five to eight students each year.
“We support a culture that embraces the value of our relationships with our students,” Ivey said. “That's really what sets us apart.”