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Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy

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 Education (COAMFTE)


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.


Additional Program Information
Center for Family Services

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Research and Faculty

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.


Meet our departmental faculty



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:

  • Graduate College application
  • Official academic transcript(s)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of goals (2-3 pages; addressing how your background/experience influences your desire to pursue MFT and what your future goals as an MFT)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Exam must be taken within the past five years; scores of at least 150  in Verbal, 147 in Quantitative, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing are preferred.


Cost & Assistance

Students may be eligible for graduate assistantships. Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 


Assistantships and Support


Tuition and Fees

Financing graduate school

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