Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

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The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at OBU offers you the training necessary to provide therapeutic services from a relational and systemic perspective. Your training may be applied in counseling agencies, schools, hospitals, churches, on the mission field and in private practice. Our MFT graduate program equips you to utilize your professional skills in order to bring healing to families, couples and individuals. The coursework also prepares you to understand the role that faith plays in clients' lives and relationships.

Dr. Ronald Asiimwe

MFT Graduate

“I had a lot of fun, learned, and grew both personally and professionally while I was in the MFT program on Bison Hill. Personally, I learned a lot about love, patience, flexibility, and empathy while in the program. There were several times when I struggled, but the faculty was always patient, and flexible with me and offered resources to help me overcome challenges and be successful.”

Benefits of the OBU MFT Program

We offer an on-campus embedded training facility (Kemp MFT Clinic) as well as a diverse selection of practicum sites both locally and statewide. You can enroll in evening classes with flexibility to complete your degree on two, three or four years.

You will be instructed and mentored by faculty who are highly respected leaders in the MFT field and have active real-world clinical expertise. We provide systems-oriented training for excellent preparation to work with individuals, families, and couples.

Program Information

Tuition and Fees

  • Price per credit hour: $550
  • Credit Hours: 46
  • Total Cost: $25,300
  • No application, enrollment or technology fees

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Official Academic Transcript
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or foreign equivalent as approved by a specific program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Official transcript(s) must reflect work from all colleges or universities contributing to your degree. Please send an electronic copy of your official transcript to
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Recommendation Forms

Financial aid is available. Fill out the FAFSA to discover your options.

Program Overview

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. The training will prepare you to apply for professional certification or licensure and clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Our MFT program teaches you to implement relational, systemic approaches in the practice of marriage and family therapy. It will help you to consider how personal faith and a Christian perspective can inform MFT practices across a variety of settings. The program focuses on both academic coursework and supervised clinical experience with individuals, couples, and families under a variety of clinical conditions.

An emphasis of the program is to establish a professional role identity for you as a competent family therapist and clinician who can work both in private and public domains, and in institutional as well as outpatient settings. You will receive intensive specialized training which prepares you to treat individuals and families from a systems vantage point. The training addresses societal and cultural forces that influence family relationships. You will be exposed to a variety of theoretical paradigms used in family therapy and learn to critically examine each of them with the purpose of developing a proficiency as a marriage and family therapist.

Degree Plan Options

The OBU MFT program offers you the opportunity to complete your degree in as little as two years. Suggested sequences for two-, three- and four-year plans are listed below.

Graduate Achievement Data

Out of 37 students active in the 2023-2024 fiscal year, there are 9 males and 28 females. The program's racial diversity distribution is 23 White/Non-Hispanic, 3 Hispanic/Latino, 3 African/African American, 6 Native American, 2 Multi-Ethnic.

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

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

Graduate Achievement Data

Course Information

Additional information, including course descriptions and requirements, is available in the academic catalog.

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

As you pursue your Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, we recommend you apply for FAFSA to assist with the cost of your education. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is. If you have further questions, our team of financial counselors are happy to assist you.

Project RESPECT Scholarship

Project RESPECT is a five-year grant offered in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Education, the US Department of Education, and the Avedis Foundation. This program provides scholarships to individuals committed to becoming a licensed mental health provider to serve Pottawatomie County youth. Up to $1,000 per three-hour course is available.

Project RESPECT Information

Important Dates

Classes for the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program start every fall semester. As you prepare to enter the program, please take note of the following deadlines and cut-off dates.

Fall 2024 Cohort Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2024
Fall 2024 MFT Interview Day: March 7, 2024, 3–4:30 p.m.
Admissions Cut-off: July 1, 2024
MFT Orientation and All Program Gathering: August 2024 (Date TBD)

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Dr. Canaan Crane

Dr. Canaan Crane

Professor of Psychology
Director, MFT Program

LaShane Hill, LMFT

LaShane Hill, LMFT

Kemp MFT Clinic Director

Dr. Camille Lafleur

Dr. Camille Lafleur

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Become a Future Shaper

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Phone: 405.585.4601