Counseling Psychology M.A. with Direct Admission to the Psy.D.
Our M.A. with Direct Admission to PsyD Counseling Psychology program is for qualified candidates seeking direct admission to the PsyD program with a BA or BS degree*. A student in the Direct Admission Program successfully completes the MA program requirements (degree conferred) in two years and is guaranteed admission to the doctoral program. The Counseling Psychology M.A. provides students with a firm foundation of psychological theories and practical counseling techniques. The Doctorate Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology is designed to build on previous training in psychology and prepare professionals for a variety of work settings.
A student in the M.A. with Direct Admission to the PsyD Counseling Psychology program:
- Presents evidence of preparation for doctoral study in a practitioner-scholar model
- Places high value on professionalism, self-knowledge and diversity awareness
- Is assigned a core faculty advisor and taught by core and adjunct faculty who provide a wide array of counseling services to clients
- Takes courses in the evening and weekends
*Additional admission requirements include: GRE exam, three letters of recommendation, writing sample, Statement of Purpose and resume. See the "How to Apply" below for application for details.
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MA + PsyD: 129
For the MA:
CPSY 600 Psychological Statistics
1 | Meet the basic requirements:
- Prospective students must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency
- An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required
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 form CHOOSE "MASTER OF ARTS" FOR DEGREE AND "COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY DIRECT ADMIT TO DOCTORATE" FOR PROGRAM.
- BA or BS Degree Awarded Transcript
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals addressing the applicant's skills and experience (see online application for criteria).
- Graduate Record Exam (school code: R6110) score (within the last 5 years)
- Writing Sample (two to three pages, double spaced, of scholarly writing related to the field of psychology)
- Candidate's statement of purpose (part of the application form)
4 | Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist
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.