The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) program is committed to developing researcher-clinicians who make significant research contributions to the way we understand individuals, couples and families in an effort to advance the field of couple and family therapy and meaningfully contribute to the communities in which we live and work.

The Couple and Family Therapy program prepares professionals for CFT leadership roles in academic and research settings. Using a social justice and a relational/systemic perspective, the program prepares CFTs to become ethically and multicultural responsive scholars, clinicians, supervisors, and educators. Systemic and relational thinking is emphasized which enables students to think critically and innovatively about enduring problems. Faculty help students apply the systemic and relational thinking to the strong research training they gain in the program to be able to address the areas they want to learn more about.    

 

Program Requirements

The curriculum is research and theory intensive with some advanced clinical training. Students are assumed to be competent Master’s level clinicians. Therefore, the in-residence clinical focus in our program will be on developing and testing intervention models, and learning clinical models that are evidence-based and can be used in research projects. 

The curriculum is evolving and seeks to meet both the requirements established by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and to extend the knowledge of the field. Our CFT program uses the apprenticeship model for training students to become clinical researchers. This means that during your first year, you will affiliate with one of the research teams in the program, participate in that professor’s research, and slowly develop a research program of your own. Most CFT graduate students receive financial support through teaching or research assistantships. For a complete list of courses and requirements, please visit the General Catalog:

Program Requirements

Students admitted to this residential doctoral program must have a master’s degree in couple and family therapy or marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE accredited program. 

Note: CFT is based in the traditional Marriage and Family Therapy education that is associated with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The CFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Research Interests

In addition to staffing the LGBTQ Counseling Clinic, where we provide ongoing individual, couple, and family therapy to anyone who identifies as LGBTQ, their families, and the community at large, you can have hands-on experience in ongoing research. Faculty research interests include:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Family-systems
  • LGBTQ 
  • Military Families
  • Transgender Identities
  • Trauma Informed Therapy

 

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Graduate GPA or 3.0 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Minimum GRE Verbal & Qualitative score of 300 (new version) or 1,100 (old version).
    Note: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle only. Please note that the GRE is not required for graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships within the College of Education, nor is it required for Graduate College fellowships. The GRE is a requirement for Special Graduate Assistantships (SGAs) offered through the Iowa Measurement and Research Foundation.
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • A Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy (CFT or Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from a COAMFTE accredited program.
  • On-campus interview (invitation)

No one criterion is used in selecting candidates. All interested persons are encouraged to apply. In reviewing applications, the faculty considers the relevant qualifications of candidates across all required areas.

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A personal statement discussing your research interests and professional goals.
  • A writing sample
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Application Process

Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application. There is a $60 application fee for students residing in the United States. There is a $100 application fee for international applicants. To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password here:

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After you submit your application, we'll send you a HawkID and password to review the status of your application online using our MyUI. 

Licensing Requirements

Graduates from the CFT doctoral program may pursue jobs across the country. For your convenience, we are providing a link to two of the most useful resources you can use to identify licensure requirements for whatever state you may move to. If the state you are moving to requires additional coursework than was provided by your master's program, or the doctoral program, you may want to look to online master's programs that can provide the additional courses. Such programs can include NorthCentral and Capella.

Student Achievement and Diversity Information

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data Disclosure Table

COAMFTE Student Achievement Criteria Data for The University of Iowa

Accredited: May, 2019

Advertised Program Length*: 4 years

Cohort Year Students Entered Program

# of Students in Program

Advertised Graduation Rate (%)*

Maximum Graduation Rate (%)**

Job Placement Rate (%)***

National Exam Pass Rate (%)****

FT

FT

FT

FT

FT

2012-2013

3

33.33

33.33

100

100

2013-2014

5

60

20

100

100

2014-2015

3

No Students

In process

In process

In process

2015-2016

2

50

In process

100

100

2016-2017

1

100

0

100

100

2017-2018

3

In process

In process

In process

100

2018-2019

No Students

No Students

No Students

No Students

No Students

2019-2020

4

In process

In process

In process

In process

FT=Full-time

Programs are only required to provide data on the past 10 years/cohort or since the program was initial accredited, whichever is shorter.

* Programs should report graduation rates for program’s Advertised Length of Completion which is how long the program is designed to complete as written.  

**Programs applying for initial or renewal of accreditation are required to publish the following in their SAC table: (1) the maximum length of program completion (years only) and (2) graduation rates for maximum length of program completion (maximum allowable time in which a student must finish the program).  Programs in Maintenance of Accreditation are encouraged to continue publishing the graduation rates for maximum length of completion but are not required to do so.

*** Masters and Doctoral programs are required to provide this information.  Job Placement Rates by cohort is defined as the percentage of graduates from the cohort year listed that are employed utilizing skills learned in the COAMFTE accredited program.

**** Masters programs are required to provide this information.  Doctoral and Post-Degree programs are encouraged to share this with the public. For Master’s programs only, COAMFTE has established a benchmark of 70% pass rate for each cohort.  Programs in California can use the California Law and Ethics exam for MFTs to meet this requirement. Masters programs can add a column if they have International students that do not take the exam or if they have students that take either the National Exam or the California Exam.

Race/Ethnicity and Gender Composition

Race/Ethnicity and Gender Composition

Spring, 2019

Category of Diversity

Student

Faculty

Total

Race/Ethnicity

 

 

 

International

0

0

0

African American

3

0

3

Latino/Latina

2

0

2

Asian American

0

0

0

Native American

0

0

0

White, non-Hispanic

4

3

7

Gender

 

 

 

Female

6

2

8

Male

3

1

4

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