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Counseling Psychology M.A. with Direct Admission to the Psy.D.

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Our Master of Arts (MA) with Direct Admission to our Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) program is for qualified candidates seeking direct admission to the PsyD program with a BA or BS degree. These students should be able to demonstrate preparation for doctoral study in a practitioner-scholar model.

Students in the Direct Admission program successfully complete the MA program requirements (degree conferred) in two years and are guaranteed admission to the doctoral program. The MA in Counseling Psychology provides students with a firm foundation of psychological theories and practical counseling techniques, while the PsyD in Counseling Psychology is designed to build on previous training in psychology and prepare professionals for a variety of work settings.

Students in the MA with Direct Admission to the PsyD in Counseling Psychology program place a high value on professionalism, self-knowledge and diversity awareness.

Program Benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission into the PsyD program upon admittance to the MA with Direct Admission to PsyD program
  • Students assigned a core faculty advisor and taught by core and adjunct faculty who provide a wide array of counseling services to clients
  • Evening and weekend course schedules allow students the flexibility to build their education around their lives

Additional admission requirements include:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume

See the "How to Apply" below for application for details.

*Note: We have temporarily suspended the requirement for the GRE exam.

What you can earn

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Doctorate (Psy.D.)

Where you will learn

  • Our Minneapolis campus


When to apply

Application Deadline:

December 15

 MA + PsyD

MA + PsyD: 129


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

For the PsyD:
Year I: 24

Summer CPSY 717   Vocational and Organizational Psychology
Fall: CPSY 700   Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Counseling Psychology
Fall: CPSY 702   Quantitative Methods of Inquiry
Fall: CPSY 801   Dissertation Measurement and Psychometrics
Fall: CPSY 901   Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology
J-Term: CPSY 950   Historical Foundations
Spring: CPSY 701    Qualitative Methods of Inquiry 
Spring: CPSY 735    Advanced Psychopathology
Spring: CPSY 737    Psychological Testing II (Personality) and Lab

Year II: 24

Summer: CPSY 775   Contemporary Ethical Issues
Summer: CPSY 903   Psychological Testing III (Cognitive) and Lab
Fall: CPSY 708   Advanced Practicum I
Fall: CPSY 802   Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing I
Fall: CPSY 910   Practice Development Seminar I
Fall: CPSY 710   Contemporary Approaches to Psychotherapy
J-Term: CPSY 708   Advanced Practicum I
J-Term: CPSY 713   Relationship Counseling
Spring: CPSY 708   Advanced Practicum I
Spring: CPSY 803   Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing II
Spring: CPSY 911   Practice Development Seminar II
Spring: CPSY 908   Biological Bases of Behavior

Year III: 24

Summer: CPSY 999   Elective
Summer CPSY 719   Advanced Group and Social Behavior
Summer: CPSY 804  Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing III
Fall: CPSY 709   Advanced Practicum II
Fall: CPSY 723   Supervision and Consultation
Fall: CPSY 739   Learning and Cognition
J-Term: CPSY 709   Advanced Practicum II
Spring: CPSY 709   Advanced Practicum Ii
Spring: CPSY 715   Life Span Development
Spring: CPSY 751   Prof. Development Seminar in Counseling Psych

Year IV: 9

Fall: CPSY 800   Internship in Counseling Psychology
Spring: CPSY 800   Internship in Counseling Psychology
Summer: CPSY 800   Internship in Counseling Psychology

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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 (choose "Master of Arts" for degree and "Counseling Psychology Direct Admit to Doctorate" for program)
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas). Submit transcripts to: gradadmissions@stthomas.edu or Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, TMH 251, 1000 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN  55403. 
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals addressing the applicant's skills and experience (see online application for criteria). 
  • Writing Sample (two to three pages, double spaced, of scholarly writing related to the field of psychology)
  • Resume/CV
  • Candidate's statement of purpose (part of the application form)

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.