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PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (PhD-MFT)

Years to complete
60 credit hours
Apprentice model
With online options
Per credit hour
10% partner discount

Advance your clinical skills

Work alongside our accomplished faculty in a collaborative, personalized environment at our on-site Olson Marriage & Family Therapy Clinic and/or in other professional settings. Our apprentice model empowers you to gain the knowledge and experience you need to be successful.

All mental health provider license types are accepted—not just MFTs—with no GRE required. We even enable you to go at your own pace with flexible full and part-time paths, evening classes, on-campus and online (live) classes, and clinical capstone project or research dissertation options.

Personalized approach

Plan of study Course schedule

What specializations do you offer?

Leadership and Social Justice

Develop and enhance your ability to apply systematic principles in the context of mental health leadership and social justice advocacy to improve and enrich mental health care services and our communities.

Advanced Couples Therapy

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.

Neuroscience and Psychophysiology

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.

What's the admissions process like?

Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round for our August start. Our graduate admissions team is here to help you reach your educational goals and answer your questions.
  1. Complete your application

  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Email to or mail to:

    Graduate Programs
    Mount Mercy University
    1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
  • Hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution outside the United States. Documentation of degree equivalencies must be submitted by an agency authorized to do so.

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in graduate level coursework.

  • Submit the names and contact information for three individuals who can speak to your ability to succeed in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. (See application for further instruction).

  • Personal interview with program director.
  • No GRE required. All mental health provider license types are accepted, not just MFTs.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes, you’re eligible for scholarships and loan programs. The first step is to complete your FAFSA, which helps determine state and federal aid available to you. Our federal school code is 001880. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.

Lauren Wood

I’ve been very blessed with the faculty at Mount Mercy because they understand my goals, allow me to establish goals for myself and my practice, and work to support me—as opposed to other university systems that are not student-centered.