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

Advance your clinical skills with Mount Mercy University’s PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Mount Mercy offers the only practice-oriented MFT PhD program of its kind in the state. 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 clinic and/or in other professional settings.


  • Leadership and Business
    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.
  • 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.


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Program at a Glance

Start Date

Fall 2019


(additional course/clinical fees may apply)
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Class Format

Flexible combination of face-to-face, online, and residential intensives will be offered with the working professional in mind.

Time to Completion

60 credit hours
Approximately 4 years
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Program Outcomes

Upon degree program completion, graduates will be able to:

  • use existing knowledge and skills in more integrative ways to resolve individual, couple, or family therapy clients’ clinical problems.
  • understand facts and ideas in their specialization and explain how they inform and change the practice and application of MFT services and benefits.
  • acquire and model systems of cooperation and collaboration that extend the understanding of therapy beyond and outside of the therapy setting.