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Marriage & Family Therapy

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The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Oklahoma State University prepares students to competently assess for individual and family risk and to foster resilience and positive transformation in the face of adversity from a systemic perspective. The program emphasizes parallel development in the areas of clinical skills, self-awareness, and the establishment of a personalized model of family therapy, with a progressive integration of the three areas as the student develops basic competence in each area.



Graduates of the program:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence with assessment, admission to treatment, paperwork and case management, therapeutic interventions, and ethical decision-making.
  2. Have a clear, integrated model of family therapy that consistently informs their assessment and treatment decisions and practices.
  3. Have a high degree of self-awareness in both therapeutic and professional contexts and will be open and committed to continual self-evaluation in these systems.
  4. Are knowledgeable consumers of research, demonstrating competence in evaluating and summarizing research related to the field of MFT.

coamfteThe Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). We are the only program in Oklahoma with this distinctive status. The masters degree specialization in MFT qualifies students to sit for the national MFT licensing exam and apply for licensure in the state of Oklahoma, and most other states’ with MFT licensure .

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

On-Campus Interview Day: February 15, 2019*
*Top applicants are invited to campus for an all-day interview

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 In accordance with COAMFTE standards, the following table provides a snapshot of student achievement over the past 10 years:

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for Oklahoma State University
Accredited Since: 11.1.1991
Minimum Program Length*: 2 Years /   Advertised Program Length*: 2.5 Years /   Maximum Time to Complete Program*: 7 Years
Year Students Entered Program** # of Students in Program Graduation Rate (Minimum Time) Graduation Rate (Advertised Time) Graduation Rate (Maximum Time) Job Placement Rate*** National Exam Pass Rate****
2008-2009 7 14% 57% 57% 29% 100%
2009-2010 9 56% 78% 100% 89% 100%
2010-2011 8 25% 88% 100% 88% 100%
2011-2012 7 0% 86% 100% 71% 100%
2012-2013 8 25% 88% 88% 75% 100%
2013-2014 7 14% 100% 100% 100% 100%
2014-2015 9 33% 100% 100% 78% 100%
2015-2016 8 25% 75% 100% 88% 100%
2016-2017 8 38% 88% In progress 63% In progress
2017-2018 8 In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress
2018-2019 7 In progress In progress In progress In progress In progress

(Numbers and percentages are based on full time status.)

*Minimum length of time is the shortest time possible that a student could complete the program (i.e., a student doubled up on coursework one semester and was able to graduate early). Advertised length of time is how long the program is designed to complete as written. Maximum length of time is the maximum allowable time in which a student could finish the program (i.e., if a student needed to take time off due to illness, family responsibilities, etc.).
**Program are only required to provide data on the past 10 years/cohort or since the program was initial accredited, whichever is shorter
***This is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed within 3 years of their graduation utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program. Masters and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information.  Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public.
**** Master programs are required to provide this information.  Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master’s programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort.