Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)—
Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health

The COAMFTE-accredited 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.  |  319-286-4420

Part of the Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health, 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:

  • On-site marriage and family therapy clinic
  • Evening class schedule
  • Start time in the Fall ONLY
  • 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
  • Accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

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.

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 '10 - Spring '12 14 (of 14) 9 8 8
Fall '11 - Spring '13 26 (of 27) 20 20 19
Fall '12 - Spring '14 23 of (27) 5 4 0*
Fall '13 - Spring '15 21 (of 21) 11 9 0*
Fall '14 - Spring '16 21 (of 23) 10 9 0*

*Data for those graduates that are licensed is zero because graduates are still in the training period for full licensure.
**Data for these graduates is incomplete as there are students from this cohort still completing the program.

Student Achievement Criteria

An important measure of our program’s success is Student Achievement Criteria. This is data we collect for our accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) regarding graduation rates, job placement rates, and pass rates on the national exam. You can view the data for Mount Mercy University's MFT program here. [PDF]