Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology

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The Counseling Psychology Doctorate (Psy.D.) is designed to build on previous training in psychology and prepare professionals for a variety of work settings. Graduates typically pursue licensure for the practice of psychology and engage in a variety of clinical services including counseling, psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, administration, teaching and evaluation. Learn about our M.A. with Direct Admission to the Psy.D. / Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

In this program, you will:
  • Establish competence in the core foundational areas associated with scientific psychology and in the foundations of practice associated with the specialty of counseling psychology
  • Demonstrate competence in diagnosing or defining problems through assessment and implementing effective intervention strategies
  • Identify and understand individual and cultural differences
  • Exhibit ethical knowledge and decision-making
  • Be prepared for a career in counseling through our Psy.D. Practicum and Internship Experience‌‎‌
In 1973, the American Psychological Association (APA) endorsed the Psy.D. as an appropriate model degree for professional service providers. In October of 2000, the Psy.D. at the University of St. Thomas’ Graduate School of Professional Psychology became APA accredited.  Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242.
(202) 336-5979


Where you will learn

  • Our Minneapolis campus


When to start

  • Summer or Fall (It is recommended to take one doctoral course in the summer prior to the fall term)


 Doctorate (Psy.D.)

Psy.D.: 81


Year I: 24

Summer CPSY 717   Vocational and Organizational Psychology
Fall: CPSY 700   Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Counseling Psychology
Fall: CPSY 701   Qualitative Methods of Inquiry
Fall: CPSY 903   Psychological Testing III (Cognitive) & Lab
J-Term: CPSY 950   Historical Foundations
Spring: CPSY 735   Advanced Psychopathology
Spring: CPSY 702   Quantitative Methods of Inquiry
Spring: CPSY 737   Psychological Testing II (Personality) and Lab

Year II: 24

Summer CPSY 999   Elective
Summer: CPSY 908   Biological Bases for Behavior
Fall: CPSY 708   Advanced Practicum I
Fall: CPSY 910   Practice Development Seminar I
Fall: CPSY 710   Contemporary Approaches to Psychotherapy
J-Term: CPSY 708   Advanced Practicum I
J-Term: CPSY 713   Relationship Counseling
Spring: CPSY 708   Advanced Practicum I
Spring: CPSY 911   Practice Development Seminar II
Spring: CPSY 775   Contemporary Ethical Issues

Year III: 24

Summer CPSY 719   Advanced Group and Social Behavior
Summer: CPSY 739   Learning and Cognition
Summer: CPSY 825   Doctoral Project
Fall: CPSY 709   Advanced Practicum II
Fall: CPSY 723   Supervision and Consultation
Fall: CPSY 901   Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology
Fall: CPSY 825   Doctoral Project
J-Term: CPSY 709   Advanced Practicum II
Spring: CPSY 709   Advanced Practicum I
Spring: CPSY 715   Life Span Development
Spring: CPSY 751   Prof. Development Seminar in Counseling Psych
Spring: CPSY 825   Doctoral Project

Year IV: 9

Fall: CPSY 800   Internship in Counseling Psychology
Spring: CPSY 800   Internship in Counseling Psychology
Summer: CPSY 800   Internship in Counseling Psychology

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How to Apply

1 | Meet the basic requirements:

  • A master's degree in counseling psychology, or its equivalent. The degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Degrees may be considered equivalent if they include: 1) a counseling practicum and 2) courses in the following areas: statistics or quantitative research design, biological bases of behavior  (e.g., Psychobiology, Psychophysiology), social psychology or group dynamics, psychological assessment or measurement theory, personality or counseling theory, development (i.e., career, family, or life span), psychopathology, counseling skills and techniques, counseling ethics.

2 |  Meet the supplementary requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.

3 |  Submit the following application materials:

  • Completed application forms and $50.00 fee.
  • One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the candidate's suitability for the program. Download the Counseling Recommendation Form.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (school code: R6110); department code: 2005. Test scores obtained within the previous 5 years will be accepted. 
  • Candidate's statement of purpose - part of the application form. 
  • Writing Sample - 2-3 pages of scholarly writing related to the field of psychology.

4 |  Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist

For the M.A. with Direct Admission to the Psy.D:

  • Students in the Direct Admission program complete the same requirements for our M.A. degree but are guaranteed admission to our doctoral program, pending successful completion of program requirements. The M.A. with Direct Admission to the Psy.D has additional application requirements. If you are interested in this degree track, please contact us.

Special Opportunities

Study Abroad

The Singapore J-Term study abroad course takes an existing course (CPSY 680, Diversity Issues in Counseling) and adds an intensely experiential component by traveling, living, and learning in the highly diverse, Southeast Asian country of Singapore. This exciting course consists of joint experiential learning exercises with Singaporean MA counseling students as well as site visits that illustrate the various ways mental health needs are addressed in Singapore (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamans, western trained psychotherapists, etc.). The opportunity to plunge into a cultural setting that is highly diverse with multiple languages (Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English), multiple religions (Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism), and multiple ethnicities (Chinese, Malay, Indian, ex-pat) makes for an unbelievable backdrop for a course on diversity.
The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services

The Interprofessional Center offers psychological services to a diverse population of clients with mental health issues, while providing both practicum experiences and a pre-doctoral internship for graduate professional psychology students.  At the IPC, students strive to meet the needs of underserved people while gaining valuable real-world experience.  Our clients are low-income, uninsured or underinsured, individuals who often are unable to obtain psychological services if it were not for clinics like the IPC.  Services provided to clients (all free of charge) can include: individual counseling, group counseling, couples/family counseling, DBT (both skills group and therapy), psychological testing and/or psycho-education.  In addition, students may have the opportunity to periodically work on cases which are shared between Psychological Services and Social Work, Psychological Services and Law, or among all three of the disciplines at the IPC. 

Graduate Student Organization

The University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is student-led organization founded with the purpose of enhancing the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas. The GSPP GSO unites Masters and Doctoral-level graduate psychology students in the University of St. Thomas GSPP, for the purpose of professional and personal student development, the betterment of the department, and in their contributions to the field and community. The GSO strives to enhance the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas through: representing and unifying GSPP graduate students at all levels, advancing their professional and personal interests, providing a forum for student discussion of psychology-relevant topics, and promoting graduate student participation in university and community affairs.