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Marriage and Family Therapy Students

What You'll Learn

Integrated Behavioral Healthcare & Medical Family Therapy

Oregon Tech's MFT students develop the knowledge and skills required to collaborate as Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Providers and Medical Family Therapists on interdisciplinary health care teams; provide medical mental health consultations in collaborative care settings; provide individual, couple, family, and group therapy in healthcare settings; and collaborate with colleagues in building healthy communities.

Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment

Oregon Tech MFT students are well prepared to work with individuals, couples and families struggling with substance abuse and addiction. From a trauma informed perspective, students learn the advanced knowledge and skills required to work well with substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring disorders; and the impact of the same on couples and families.

Rural Mental Healthcare

Mental health care needs in rural areas, like southern Oregon, provide unique challenges that require unique approaches. Oregon Tech prepares MFT students to excel as rural mental health care professionals.

Settings where MFTs Provide Services Include:

  • Child and Family Service Agencies
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Medical Centers and Hospitals
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment Programs
  • Veterans Services Facilities
  • Churches and Religious Settings

Federal Loan Repayment Program: National Health Service Corps

Marriage and family therapists interested in working in under served areas like southern Oregon are eligible for up to $50,000 for loan repayment from the National Health Services Corps Loan Repayment Program.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Program - LMFT

The Oregon Tech MS Marriage and Family Therapist program has a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet and exceeds the education requirements of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy programs.

The MS MFT is the first in four ordered steps toward becoming licensed:

  1. Complete Oregon Tech's MS in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  2. Complete a minimum of two years of full time, post grad, supervised clinical experience as approved by the state board.
  3. Pass the national examination for the marriage and family therapist license.
  4. Pass the Oregon state law and rules exam.
Master of Science

Klamath County Symposium

Each year, several community partners rally together to plan a free, multi-day, educational event for professionals in the field of helping and healing. Symposium themes have been identified based on community needs and specific presentation topics are created by local professionals willing to share their expertise. Themes have included Child Drug Endangerment and Family Violence. The symposium continues to grow each year, and we anticipate more than 300 people attend this conference annually. Each day of the symposium stands alone to give local agencies the opportunity to send all employees without interrupting services; however, people are invited to attend both days in order to participate in more breakout sessions.

The overarching goals of the symposium are threefold:

  • Equip participants with practical tools to use in their respective disciplines;
  • Give participants hope that they can – and will – make a difference in the community regarding family wellness and healing.
  • Help participants leave with an action plan – things they plan to change or do differently in their respective disciplines to address the issue at hand.

The symposium is free and lunch will be provided to all participants.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, with a minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) of coursework.

GRE scores are required.

Your personal essay is an opportunity for you to tell us about yourself, your interest in becoming a marriage and family therapist and why Oregon Tech's MS MFT program is a good fit for you. It's also an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills.

In a personal essay of no more than 1500 words, using APA format, please address the following:

  • Who are you? How have your life experiences shaped you?
  • Why do you want to become a marriage and family therapist? Why now?
  • Why is Oregon Tech's MFT program of interest to you?
  • What are your academic strengths and challenges? Discuss your skills as an active critical learner, your ability to write, and your ability to participate in experiential learning.
  • How do you want to contribute to the field upon completing your degree?

To be completed by persons who are professionally qualified to recommend you for the field of professional mental health care / marriage and family therapy. Letters of recommendation from friends or relatives are not acceptable.


Acceptance into the MS MFT program is conditional upon passing a formal criminal background check.