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Counseling Psychology MA

University of St. Thomas College of Education, Leadership and Counseling classroom candid photos.

The M.A. Program in Counseling Psychology provides students with 3 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); or 3) a 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., PsyD program in the GSPP). Finally, the GSPP allows some MA students to, after completing the MA Program, be directly admitted into their PsyD Program. Learn more about our M.A. with Direct Admission to the Psy.D.

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.

All students on any of the 3 career paths in the MA program are:

  • Assigned an advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the GSPP
  • 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
*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.

What you can earn

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) with Direct Admission to the Psy.D

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

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 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.
  • 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.