Marriage and family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that focuses primarily on
solving problems within human relationships. The master’s degree prepares and qualifies
students to sit for the national licensing exam and apply for licensure in the state of Oklahoma and most other states or to pursue a
doctoral degree following graduation. OSU offers the only program in Oklahoma with
accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy
The 60-hour program emphasizes development of clinical skills, self-awareness and
establishing a personalized model of family therapy. Students may choose between a
thesis or non-thesis option (non-thesis includes three additional hours). Due to the
intense nature of the training, students are only admitted for full-time study. It
typically takes 2.5 years to complete all degree requirements, including:
Our graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on the national MFT exam since 2007.
Coursework in human development, marital and family studies, marriage and family therapy,
professionalism and ethics, research and statistics, and supervised practicum
A minimum of 500 hours of face-to-face client contact, including at least 200 of those
hours with couples or families.
At least 100 hours of supervision from faculty during clinical training
Advanced students are assigned an off-campus clinical placement in a community agency
The program runs the state-of-art Center for Family Services, an on-campus clinic where graduate students work toward completing their required
clinical hours under the direct supervision of faculty members.
All marriage and family faculty hold doctoral degrees from COAMFTE-accredited programs
and are American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisors.
Students in the MFT program have the opportunity to collaborate on applied research
projects with MFT faculty as well as faculty across the Department of Human Development
and Family Science. Ongoing scholarship efforts of MFT faculty focus on a broad range
of relational topics including, couple relationships, co-parenting, substance abuse,
trauma and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Applications are accepted each year on December 1. Top applicants are invited to campus
for a day-long interview in February and program faculty make admission recommendations
to the OSU Graduate College.
To apply to the Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science: Marriage
and Family Therapy specialization, submit the following: