Marriage and Family Therapy 

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to train therapists to work from the systems perspective to help individuals and families live more productive lives.

Our program is grounded in the idea that individuals who seek psychotherapeutic assistance are influenced by a complex set of factors. Therapists need to be trained to understand these dynamic systems in order to help individuals, couples and families live more productive lives.

Mount Mercy’s research-based classes and quality practicum experiences ensure that you have the necessary skills to be an effective therapist or consultant in a variety of settings. After completing your postgraduate supervised hours, you are eligible for state licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

Program Features:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic on-site
  • Evening Class Schedule
  • Start time in the Fall ONLY (Currently accepting for FALL 2015)
  • Applications are accepted year round.
  • No entrance exam requirements, i.e. GRE, GMAT.
  • No specific undergraduate coursework to enroll in this program.
  • Complete the program in 24 months (maximum program length is 6 years)
  • Small Class Sizes and Classroom Instruction

As an applicant you are required to meet in person with Dr. Randy Lyle, the Program Director, prior to being accepted into this program.  Dr. Lyle will give you a full assessment of the program and answer any further questions or concerns that you might have. 

It is important to note that after you finish this program you will have additional supervised work that will need to be fulfilled in order to become a licensed therapist.  The length of the supervised work after completing the Masters program is two years.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the graduate programs please email or call 319 286-4420.

Student Achievement Since 2010
Year # of Students in Cohort that Graduated # of Graduates that Sat for the National Exam # of Graduates that Passed the National Exam*** # of Graduates Licensed*
Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 16 (of 16) 6 5 0
Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 28 (of 30) 3 2 0
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013 18 of (23) 0** 0** 0**

*Data for those graduates that are licensed is zero because graduates are still in the training period for full licensure.
**Data for those graduates in the 2012-2013 cohort is incomplete as it has been less than a month since their graduation. Additionally, two students who have sat for the national exam have not received results at the time they were surveyed.
***The pass rate for graduates that have taken the national exam is 100%.

The program is currently in the process of applying for accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).