Counseling Psychology MA

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Our ‌Counseling Psychology MA provides students with a firm foundation of psychological theories and practical counseling techniques and opportunities for a variety of career paths after graduation. The MA Program meets the educational requirements for licensure* as professional counselors (LPC and LPCC). In addition to coursework, the program requires each student to complete a practicum.  MA students have a wide range of options at which they can complete their practica, including counseling centers, community mental health clinics, correctional facilities, schools, hospitals and the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services. Learn about our M.A. with Direct Admission to the Psy.D. and our elective coursework for CEU credits for licensure as an LPC and LPCC.

A student in the M.A. Degree Program in Counseling Psychology is:

  • Assigned a core faculty advisor and taught by core and adjunct faculty who provide a wide array of counseling services to clients
  • Able to develop a flexible plan of study taking evening and weekend courses
  • Connected to a strong network of diverse students, faculty, and alumni
*While the course work in the M.A. Counseling Psychology program is consistent with material tested on state and national licensing exams, applicants are strongly encouraged to research the field and be aware of licensing requirements and employment options.

Where you will learn

Our Minneapolis campus


When to apply

Application Deadlines:

Spring: October 15
Fall: December 15 (Direct Admit)
Fall: February 5 (MA only)



MA: 48


For the MA:

CPSY 600   Psychological Statistics
CPSY 602   Learning & Behaviors Change in Counseling Psychology
CPSY 603   Introduction to Group Psychotherapy
CPSY 604   Psychological Assessment I
CPSY 605   Theories of Career Development
CPSY 606   Basic Counseling Skills Lab
CPSY 607   Ethics and Professional Issues
CPSY 608   Counseling Practicum I
CPSY 609   Counseling Practicum II
CPSY 610   Counseling Practicum III
CPSY 611   Theories of Counseling and Personality
CPSY 612   Human Growth and Development
CPSY 631   Physiological Bases of Behavior
CPSY 632   Psychopathology
CPSY 650   Introduction to Marriage & Family Psychology
CPSY 680   Diversity Issues in Counseling
Elective: CPSY 633   Developmental Psychopathology & Treatment

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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
  • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.  Submit transcripts to:  Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, TMH 201 Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave.,  Minneapolis, MN  55403
  • Two letters of recommendation, addressing the candidate's suitability for the program.
  • Graduate Record Exam (school code: R6110) score (within the last 5 years)
  • Statement of Purpose - three pages (double spaced); see application for specific criteria
  • Resume/CV

4 |  Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist

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.