Master of Family Therapy Program

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Master of Family Therapy program at Mercer University School of MedicineThe Mercer University School of Medicine Master of Family Therapy (MFT) program mission is to transform MFT and medical students into competent, compassionate and ethical professionals who work collaboratively to meet the needs of individuals, couples, families and communities, including the rural and underserved. The Master of Family Therapy program is located on the Macon and Atlanta campuses. Emphasizing interactive and problem-based teaching strategies, our student-centered faculty provides a conceptual and practical foundation that equips graduates to be discerning consumers and innovative producers of knowledge across a variety of medical and other clinical settings, as well as academic institutions. This foundation prepares clinicians to articulate and utilize a wide variety of philosophical perspectives, theoretical orientations, and clinical modalities, all with sensitivity to diverse contextual factors that impact therapist and client systems, as well as institutions and communities in which they participate. Through scholarship and clinical outreach, students and faculty work closely to have local, regional, national, and international impact.

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Now Accepting Applications - Macon Campus and Atlanta Piedmont

  • Spring application deadline for Macon location is November 1, 2014.
  • Fall application deadline is June 15, 2014.

Student Achievement Criteria

The Mercer Master of Family Therapy Programs (Macon and Atlanta Piedmont campuses) are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Accreditation is a voluntary process whose major purpose is to ensure quality in a marriage and family therapy program. All accredited programs are expected to meet or exceed all standards of accreditation throughout their period of accreditation. As part of this process, programs are required to meet Student Achievement Criteria established by COAMFTE for students entering by year and publish this information on the homepage of its website. Below please find information about the Achievement Criteria and tables reporting data and providing contextual information related to each entering year.
  • Student Achievement Criteria I
The Commission requires that each program maintain an annual average pass rate of 70 percent for program students in each entering year taking the exam required by the program's state or province to obtain licensure, such as the American Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) National Exam or equivalent State Exam. The pass rate is calculated by dividing the number of individuals passing the exam by the number of individuals taking the exam. Pass rates will be calculated on an annual basis taking into account those current students or graduates who have taken the exam and received their score in the current one year period.
  • Student Achievement Criteria II
The Commission requires that programs graduate 50 percent of enrolled students in each entering year within the advertised length of completion of the program. The Commission requires that programs graduate 65 percent of enrolled students in each entering year within the maximum allowable time for program completion.

Licensure Rate is calculated by dividing the number of graduates licensed by the number of graduates.

  • Contextual Information Related to Each Entering Year
Programs have opportunity to clarify Student Achievement information by providing Contextual Information.Programs address each entering year by class and focus on specific students/graduates by providing detailed reasons for their attrition and/or licensure exam status.

Macon Campus-Mercer University School of Medicine  Master of Family  Therapy Program

Student Achievement Data
Advertised Program Length (2 Years and 1 Semester)

Maximum Time to Complete Program (6 Years)

Year Students Entered Program
Graduation Rate (%)
National Exam Pass Rate (%)
Licensure Rate (%)
2005-2006 92.31% 100.00% 58.33%
2006-2007 86.67% 100.00% 84.62%
2007-2008 75.00% 100.00% 83.33%
2008-2009 81.82% 83.33% 55.56%
2009-2010 86.67% 87.50% 53.85%
2010-2011 100.00% 100.00% 41.18%
2011-2012 57.14% 100.00% 12.50%
2012-2013 N/A N/A N/A
2013-2014 N/A N/A N/A

Year Entered Program
Contextual Information
2005-2006 1 student withdrew from the program
2006-2007 1 student dismissed for academic reasons, 1 student withdrew
2007-2008 1 student dismissed for academic reasons, 1 student withdrew
2008-2009 1 student withdrew, 1 student will graduate summer 2014, 1 student has not passed license exam but will retake
2009-2010 2 students withdrew, 1 student has not passed licensed exam but will retake
2010-2011  
2011-2012 1student withdrew, 1 student transferred, and 4 are still enrolled
2012-2013 class has not graduated
2013-2014 class has not graduated

Atlanta Campus-Mercer University School of Medicine Master of Family Therapy Program

 Student Achievement Data
Advertised Program Length (2 Years and 1 Semester)

Maximum Time to Complete Program (6 Years)

Year Entered Program
Graduation Rate (%)
National Exam Pass Rate (%)
Licensure Rate (%)
2005-2006      
2006-2007      
2007-2008      
2008-2009      
2009-2010 87.50% 100.00% 57.14%
2010-2011 76.19% 100.00% 31.25%
2011-2012 69.57% 100.00% 12.50%
2012-2013 N/A N/A N/A
2013-2014 N/A N/A N/A

Year Entered Program
Contextual Information
2005-2006  
2006-2007  
2007-2008  
2008-2009  
2009-2010 3 students listed as "non-returning" indicating they dropped out but did not formally withdraw
2010-2011 2 students listed as "non-returning"/dropped out, 1 student transferred, and 2 are still enrolled
2011-2012 1 student academically dismissed, 1 student withdrew, 2 students "non-returning"/dropped out, 3 are still enrolled; 9 to take the natl exam
2012-2013 class has not graduated
2013-2014 class has not graduated