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OBU Marriage and Family Therapy Degree Program

The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at Oklahoma Baptist University trains students to provide therapeutic services from a relational and systemic perspective in counseling agencies, schools, hospitals, churches, on the mission field and in private practice. OBU’s MFT graduate program equips students to apply their professional skills in order to bring healing to families, couples and individuals. The MFT Program also equips students to understand the role that faith plays in clients' lives and relationships.

Program Summary

MFT Program Mission Statement: Our mission is to train students in a relational and systemic approach in order to equip marriage and family therapists for the compassionate, ethical practice of therapy with a diverse, multi-cultural and global society.

The graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Oklahoma Baptist University is designed to meet the needs of college graduates who desire training in marriage and family therapy that will prepare them to apply for professional certification or licensure and clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

The program teaches students to implement relational, systemic approaches in the practice of marriage and family therapy. The program also helps students consider how personal faith and a Christian perspective­ and values can inform their MFT practice across a variety of settings. It focuses on both academic course work and supervised clinical ­experience with individuals, couples and families under a variety of clinical conditions. It endeavors to establish a professional role identity for the family therapist as a clinician who can work both in private and public domains, and in institutional as well as outpatient sett­ings. Students receive intensive specialized training, which gives them a firm base for becoming competent therapists who understand and are able to treat individuals and families from a systems vantage point and know how to deal with the societal and cultural forces that influence family relation­ships. They are exposed to a variety of theoretical paradigms used in family therapy and assisted in critically examining each of them with the purpose of developing a proficiency as marriage and family therapists based on the integration of their personal qualities with their knowledge of individual, marital and family dynamics, resources, and possibilities for change.

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Master’s Program Specifics

OBU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. This regional accreditation allows graduates of the MFT Program to pursue licensure as a marriage and family therapist in a number of states and jurisdictions. OBU's MFT Curriculum meets the pre-approved academic requirements for pursuing licensure in Oklahoma.

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Program Diversity Composition and Student Achievement

Out of 49 students active in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, there are 10 males and 39 females. The program's racial diversity distribution is 35 White/Non-Hispanic, 3 Hispanic/Latino, 4 African/African-American, 4 Native American, 3 Multi-Ethnic

The program has two core faculty and a clinic director: 1 male and 2 female, 2 White/Non-Hispanic and 1 African American.

The program currently has 5 clinical supervisors: 1 male and 4 female, 4 White/Non-Hispanic and 1 African American.

Based on our 2019 survey data and updates from our MFT graduates, 96% of responding graduates have found employment in the field of MFT. 100% of our responding graduates who have taken the National MFT Exam have passed.  


Are you interested in obtaining your Medical Family Therapy Certificate? Learn more about our Medical Family Therapy Certificate.

Are you currently an OBU undergraduate student who wants to participate in the Integrated MFT Program? Visit the Integrated MFT Program page to learn more.