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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.

Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration (CODCO) with MA Program (LADC & LPC/C)

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology offers a Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration (CODCO), which allows students in the M.A. program to concurrently enroll in coursework in the CODCO (15 additional credits) while completing the 48-credits of coursework in the M.A. program. These 63 credits fully meet the educational requirements in Minnesota for both licenses as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Licensed Professional Counselor/Clinical Counselor (LPC/LPCC).

Unique Features of the CODCO

  • The CODCO has a multi-theoretical emphasis on contemporary practices.   
  • The CODCO addresses the emerging area of “process addictions” such as pathological gambling, excessive internet behaviors, among others. 

  • Rather than offer a stand-alone course that tends to consolidate diversity-related material, the CODCO infuses multicultural aspects of substance use throughout its curriculum.  


  • There is evidence of heightened employability of MA level graduates with a Co-Occurring concentration that enables dual licensure as an LPCC and LADC (now both administered by the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy). 
  • There are strong initiatives both statewide and nationally to enhance the coverage of addictive disorders, which are comorbid with mental health issues to a high degree. 

The MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Co-Occurring Disorders meets the degree program requirements for Licensure as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Minnesota. The program has not made a determination that its curriculum meets degree program requirements for licensure outside of the state of Minnesota. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine whether the program meets requirements for Licensure in the State where the student or applicant is located.

What You Can Earn

Master of Arts (M.A.) with Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration

Where You Will Learn

Our Minneapolis campus

When to Apply

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 15
Fall: February 5

 M.A. with Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration

MA: 63 total credits (15 plus 48 from the Counseling Psychology M.A.)


CPSY 600   Psychological Statistics

CPSY 602   Learning & Behavior 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 620  Foundations of Substance Use and Addictions

CPSY 621  Neurobiology of Substance Use and Addictions

CPSY 622  Assessment & Differential Diagnosis of Co-Occurring Disorders

CPSY 623  Fundamentals of Addiction Treatment Planning & Case Management

CPSY 624  Co-Occurring Disorders & Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches

CPSY 631   Physiological Bases of Behavior

CPSY 632   Psychopathology

CPSY 650   Introduction to Marriage & Family Psychology

CPSY 680   Diversity Issues in Counseling

Full course catalog with descriptions


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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: or Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, TMH 251, 1000 LaSalle, Minneapolis, MN  55403.
  • Two letters of recommendation, addressing the candidate's suitability for the program.
  • 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.