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 prepares students to apply their professional skills from a Christian perspective in order to bring healing to families, couples and individuals.

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 approaches the practice of marriage and family therapy from the Christian perspec­tive and emphasizes Christian values. 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.

Other distinctions include:

  • Emphasis on high academic quality with a robust MFT foundation resulting in successful licensure pass rates
  • Faculty with clinical experience and experience teaching in MFT programs
  • Faculty with AAMFT Approved Supervisor credentials and with LMFT State Licensure Board experience
  • Systems-oriented training for excellent preparation to work with families and couples
  • Evening classes with flexibility to complete degree on 2, 3 or 4 year tracks
  • BRAND NEW! Embedded training facility (MFT Clinic) and diverse selection of practicum sites (local and state-wide)

Master’s Program Specifics

  • 45 total credit hour curriculum which will meet requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Oklahoma
  • All classes taught from an MFT perspective. Don't settle for a Counseling degree with a few family classes on the side!
  • Classes will be conducted in Shawnee.
  • Working-Adult Friendly
  • Students can move through academic classes as a group thereby developing a strong sense of community and improving the learning experience.
  • Thesis option is available for those planning on continuing towards PhD
  • GRE requirement may be waived for those with a completed graduate degree

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.

Degree Plans

Program Resources

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Admissions Cut-off - July 1, 2019
  • MFT Orientation and All Program Gathering - Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 4-9pm in Shawnee
  • Fall Classes Start - Thursday, August 22, 2019

Program Diversity Composition and Student Achievement

Out of 51 students active in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, there are 16 males and 35 females. The program's racial diversity distribution is 41 White/Non-Hispanic, 3 Hispanic/Latino, 1 African/African-American, 2 Native American, 3 Multi-Ethnic.

The program has three core faculty and a clinic director: 2 male and 2 female, 3 White/Non-Hispanic and 1 African American.

The program currently has 5 clinical supervisors: 2 male and 3 female, 4 White/Non-Hispanic and 1 African American.

Based on our 2018 survey data and updates from our MFT graduates, 85% of graduates have found employment in the field of MFT. The few that have not found employment are finalizing their application for licensure.  100% of our graduates who have taken the National MFT Exam have passed.

The MFT Program has a 100% completion rate within the advertised and maximum time for completing the MFT degree.  

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.