In response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the GSPP is not requiring the GRE for all applicants who are applying to start their MA program in spring or fall 2021 or Direct Admit or PsyD programs in fall 2021. Apply here.

COVID-19 Information for Prospective Students.

Master of Arts

Options for Your Career

The M.A. Program in Counseling Psychology provides students with three career paths, each of which fully meets the educational requirements in Minnesota for the following MA-level licenses:

  1. LPC/LPCC (Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) – see more information below
  2. Joint licensure as an LADC and LPC/C (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and LPC/C)
  3. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Because of the program’s strong reputation, MA graduates have another viable career path: to apply to doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology (e.g. the St. Thomas PsyD program).The Graduate School of Professional Psychology allows some MA students to be admitted directly into the PsyD program after completing the MA Program. Learn more about our MA with Direct Admission to the PsyD.

Enriching Practica Opportunities

Because the GSPP has partnerships with over 90 different practicum sites, MA students are able to apply to a wide range of agencies 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.

The Student Experience

All students on any of the career paths in the MA program are:

  • Assigned an advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology
  • Able to develop a flexible plan of study by taking evening and weekend courses
  • Connected to a strong network of diverse students, faculty and alumni

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