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The Graduate School of Professional Psychology

About the Graduate School of Professional Psychology

As a part of our mission, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) educates, trains and prepares mental health practitioners to serve a diverse group of people. The program prepares practitioners for work in hospital and medical settings, community clinics, university counseling centers, corrections, and private practice. Our students advance the common good in many settings by providing evidence-based and culturally responsive care to the clients they serve.

Though we offer master's and doctoral programs as well as graduate-level coursework to fulfill CE credits for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) and Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) our students receive more than credentials. Dedicated attention, skill building, and meaningful relationships are core to our students' experiences.

All our faculty members have received their doctoral degrees and practiced in the field in a wide range of environments. As educators, they integrate foundational theory and the latest research, practical applications and case examples, and ethical and professional knowledge.

Degrees and Programs

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology programs at St. Thomas partners with over 90 well-established clinical placement sites and a 100% placement rate. Every student is assigned an academic advisor and receives 1:1 assistance finding a practicum site aligned with their interests.

Master’s Degree (LMFT, LADC & LPC/C)

Our Counseling Psychology MA provides students with a firm foundation of psychological theories and practical counseling techniques and opportunities for a variety of career paths after graduation.

Master’s Degree

Master’s with Direct Admission to the PsyD

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 upon successful completion of the MA.

MA with Direct Admission to the PsyD

Counseling Psychology Doctorate (PsyD)

This degree prepares graduates to pursue licensure for the practice of psychology, including psychotherapy, assessment, supervision and consultation. Our graduates also may pursue administration and teaching.

Counseling Psychology Doctorate

Additional Offerings

Continuing Education

Licensees (LPC and LPCC) needing to complete graduate-level coursework for the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) can meet this requirement by enrolling in a number of courses.

Continuing Education

Non-Degree Coursework

If you are not sure you want to pursue a degree in counseling, you may enroll in a non-degree course first. After completing 1-3 non-degree courses, you can apply to the MA in Counseling Psychology program. When admitted, you can apply those course credits to your MA program.

Non-Degree Coursework
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01 Get Help Finding Your Training Site

Over 90 Training Sites

With over 90 different practicum sites to partner with, Counseling Psychology students can apply to many agencies to complete their training. Sites include university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, correctional facilities, schools, hospitals and the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services.

Special Opportunities

  • Study Abroad
  • Students of Color, Multiracial and Indigenous (SOCMI)
  • Graduate Student Organization
  • Career Options
  • 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 (e.g, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamans, western trained psychotherapists, etc.) mental health needs are addressed in Singapore. The opportunity to plunge into a cultural setting that is highly diverse with multiple languages (e.g, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English), multiple religions (e.g, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism), and multiple ethnicities (e.g, Chinese, Malay, Indian) makes for an unbelievable backdrop for a course on diversity.

    Students of Color, Multiracial and Indigenous (SOCMI)

    The Graduate School of Professional Psychology Students of Color, Multiracial and Indigenous (SOCMI) student group hosts monthly peer support groups for students of color. Members discuss shared experiences in the program and in the larger field of counseling psychology and build a sense of community.

    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.

    Career Options

    The MA in Counseling Psychology program 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)
    2. Joint licensure as a 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 counseling, clinical psychology (e.g., the St. Thomas PsyD program) or family social science. 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.

    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 (e.g, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamans, western trained psychotherapists, etc.) mental health needs are addressed in Singapore. The opportunity to plunge into a cultural setting that is highly diverse with multiple languages (e.g, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English), multiple religions (e.g, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism), and multiple ethnicities (e.g, Chinese, Malay, Indian) makes for an unbelievable backdrop for a course on diversity.

    Students of Color, Multiracial and Indigenous (SOCMI)

    The Graduate School of Professional Psychology Students of Color, Multiracial and Indigenous (SOCMI) student group hosts monthly peer support groups for students of color. Members discuss shared experiences in the program and in the larger field of counseling psychology and build a sense of community.

    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.

    Career Options

    The MA in Counseling Psychology program 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)
    2. Joint licensure as a 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 counseling, clinical psychology (e.g., the St. Thomas PsyD program) or family social science. 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.

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    01 Serving the underserved

    Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services (IPC)

    We offer psychological services to a diverse population of clients with mental health issues, while providing both practicum experiences and a pre-doctoral internship. At the IPC, students strive to meet the needs of underserved people while gaining valuable real-world experience in a unique, interdisciplinary environment.

    Learn More about the IPC
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    Morrison Family College of Health Graduate Preview Day

    Join the Morrison Family College of Health for its first in-person Graduate Preview Day to learn more about our graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work! 

    Upcoming GSPP Events