PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

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PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Mount Mercy offers the only practice-oriented MFT PhD program of its kind in the state.

Practice-Oriented PhD

Advance your clinical skills.

With MMU’s apprentice model, advanced clinicians gain theoretical knowledge while working alongside our accomplished faculty in a collaborative, personalized environment at our on-site Olson Clinic and/or in other professional settings.


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Develop and enhance your ability to apply systematic principles in the context of mental health leadership and business to improve and enrich mental health care services.

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Develop and enhance knowledge and skills related to this dynamic area of clinical practice, providing quality and effective couples therapy in a wide range of challenging situations.

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Facilitate the integration of neurological and psychophysiological knowledge and skill into the provision of mental health services in this leading-edge area of comprehensive integrated care.

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Personalized approach.

Our Marriage and Family Therapy PhD students work alongside our accomplished faculty during 5- and 10-week blocks. Time to completion is 60 credit hours or approximately four years.

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Work alongside our accomplished faculty.

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