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Master Degree Training in Couple and Family Therapy

The Human Development and Family Science program offers course work and clinical training in Couple and Family Therapy for a master of science degree. The curriculum is designed to meet state licensure requirements so when you complete the degree you can sit for the national Marriage and Family Therapy exam and obtain the first level of licensure in the State of Ohio.


Mission: To train excellent clinicians for community mental health and other settings.


  • CFT master's students will develop clinical skills to enable them to work effectively with individuals, couples and families.
  • CFT master's students will develop a theory of change that enables them to work with clients from diverse backgrounds.
  • CFT master's students will be well versed in the ethical conduct of Couple and Family Therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize conceptual and intervention skills within a developing theory of change.
  • Know the literature available about diverse families and how diverse families access and engage in treatment.
  • Prepare to take the national MFT exam to lead to the MFT license in Ohio.

Client Contact Hours

The program is designed so that students will obtain 500 hours of face to face client contact with part of those hours obtained in our on-campus training clinic and part of those hours obtained at a clinical placement in the surrounding community. The state of Ohio requires this number of client contact hours.


The program is also designed to provide students with more than 100 hours of supervision provided by AAMFT-approved supervisors and candidates. This meets the requirements for state licensure.

Clinical Training Facilities

The Ohio State University Couple and Family Therapy Clinic is equipped with state of the art video equipment and one-way mirrors for live observation of student work. Students are expected to obtain at least 200 hours of client contact in the clinic with supervision. Supervision includes group and individual modalities, as well as live observation, video and case report.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1 if applying for funding; February 15 general admission. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions beginning in late February and continuing until the cohort is filled.
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
GRE, 3.0 GPA or better (Note: GRE will not be required for the 2022 cohort application)
Minimum Program Hours: 
57, with thesis option

Application Materials: Online application, Transcripts, Statement of Purpose, CV/resume, 3 Letters of Recommendation (speaking to the applicant’s potential to be a clinician), Test of English scores (if applicable), GRE scores not required for 2022 cohort, Interview with CFT faculty
Time to Degree: 2 years full-time
Location: While a limited number of courses may be completed online, in-person learning on the Columbus campus is essential to degree completion.
Core Requirements: Core Courses (33 hours), Methods (3 hours), Practicum (18 hours), Thesis/Capstone (3 hours)
Academic opportunities: Scholarships


Admissions Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s potential to be a clinician
  • Interview with CFT faculty

The program is designed to be completed in two years as a full-time student. Part-time options are available. Please note that you are applying for the Master’s of Science in Human Development and Family Science, you will be getting training in Couple and Family Therapy

View the Curriculum Sheet



Suzanne Bartle-Haring, Program Director