Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology
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.
The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of St. Thomas is founded on a practitioner-scholar model. The GSPP aims to train entry level health service psychologists who integrate the science of psychology with self-reflective practice, think systemically and developmentally, and who provide ethical, inclusive, and culturally sensitive services to advance the common good.
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 was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation
Year I: 25
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 form.
- One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Submit transcripts to: email@example.com or Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, TMH 251, 1000 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
- Two letters of recommendation addressing the candidate's suitability for the program.
- General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score taken within the last 5 years. We do not accept the Psychology GRE. School code: R6110; department code: 2005.
- 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.
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.
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.