Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy | Admission

Mount Mercy aims to develop highly qualified professionals at the master's level. Successful candidates engage in practical and vocationally relevant coursework with their peers. 

Graduate Program Admission

For a complete Graduate Admissions Policies, see the Catalog.

Degree Seeking Student 

Applicants desiring admission to Mount Mercy graduate programs apply through the Graduate Admissions Office and must meet the graduate admissions criteria. Final admission decisions rest with the academic program. To be considered for admission, an applicant must:
  1. Hold an undergraduate 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.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and an undergraduate record that reflects ability to be successful in graduate studies. (Students with a GPA less than 3.00 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  3. Provide a personal statement that demonstrates solid writing skills and motivation for graduate studies. (See application form for further instruction.)
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty and/or work supervisors, who can attest to an applicant’s ability to be successful in graduate studies. (See application form for further instruction.)
  5. Complete any requirements from the specific area of study.
An application is complete when the applicant submits the following required items:
  1. A completed Mount Mercy application, including personal statement and two letters of recommendation.
  2. Official transcripts of all previous academic work from which undergraduate and graduate grade point averages can be computed. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope and display the appropriate seal and signature of the institution.

Provide official transcripts from all schools previously attended. In order to qualify as official transcripts they must be either directly from the issuing institution or in a sealed envelope that is directly from the issuing institution, and should be delivered directly to Graduate Programs | CRST International Graduate Center | Mount Mercy University | 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE | Cedar Rapids, IA  52402-4797.

Specific requirements for Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

  1. Personal interview with program director.
  2. Resume that documents volunteer or professional experience in a human service area.
  3. Personality inventory test.
  4. All non-native English speakers are required to take TOEFL and complete interview with Program Director.

More Admissions Information

The Mount Mercy University’s Course Catalog also provides details for:
  • Program specific requirements
  • International Students
  • Graduate Special Student Status (or Non-Degree Status)
  • Transfer Policies 
  • Readmission
  • Policy on Undergraduate students taking graduate classes
  • Delayed Admissions

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions at 319-286-4420
or email

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