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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Admission and Financial Aid

Browse admissions and tuition information for all Graduate School of Professional Psychology programs and non-degree options below. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology no longer requires the GRE for admission.

Admissions Information by Program

  • MA in Counseling Psychology
  • MA with Direct Admission to Doctorate Program
  • Doctorate in Counseling Psychology
  • Non-Degree Coursework
  • CE Credits for LPC/LPCC
  • MA in Counseling Psychology

    Application process:

    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" for program)
      • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
      • Submit transcripts to: gradadmissions@stthomas.edu 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.
      • Statement of Purpose - three pages (double spaced)
      • Resume/CV
    4. Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist
    Apply Now

    MA with Direct Admission to Doctorate Program

    Students who have already completed a BA/BS degree can apply directly to the PsyD program. If accepted into the Direct Admit program, students complete their MA degree and are automatically accepted into the PsyD program.

    Application process:

    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 copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
      • 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, addressing the candidate's suitability for the program.
      • Statement of Purpose -three pages (double spaced)
      • Resume/CV
      • Writing Sample - 2-3 pages of scholarly writing related to the field of psychology.
    4. Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist
    Apply Now

    Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

    Application process:

    1. Meet the basic requirements:
      • A master's degree in counseling psychology, or its equivalent. The degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
      • Degrees may be considered equivalent if they include:
        1. a counseling practicum and
        2. courses in the following areas: statistics or quantitative research design, biological bases of behavior (e.g., Psychobiology, Psychophysiology), social psychology or group dynamics, psychological assessment or measurement theory, personality or counseling theory, development (i.e., career, family, or life span), psychopathology, counseling skills and techniques, counseling ethics.
    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 “Doctorate” for degree and “Counseling Psychology” for program)
      • Official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Submit transcripts to: gradadmissions@stthomas.edu 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.
      • Candidate's statement of purpose - part of the application form.
      • Writing Sample - 2-3 pages of scholarly writing related to the field of psychology.
    4. Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist
    Apply Now

    Non-Degree Coursework

    If you are not certain if you want to pursue a degree in counseling, you may enroll in a non-degree course first. If after completing from one to three non-degree courses you apply to and are accepted into the MA in Counseling Psychology program, you can apply those course credits to your MA program. Graduate School of Professional Psychology policy allows MA students to apply no more than nine non-degree credits to the MA program.

    Apply for free by filling out our short online application and submitting an official transcript showing completion of your bachelor's degree.

    Apply Now

    CE Credits for LPC/LPCC

    Licensees (LPC or LPCC) needing to complete graduate-level coursework (up to 12 credits) for the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) can meet this requirement by enrolling in a wide array of courses. Advantages for a licensee taking one or more of these courses from the University of St. Thomas include:

    • Convenient and flexible schedule with evening and weekend classes
    • Instruction by core and adjunct faculty who practice in the field of mental health
    • Connected to a strong network of diverse students, faculty, and alumni

    Application process:

    1. Meet the basic requirements:
      • Prospective students must have completed a M.A. in Counseling Psychology or related field from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
    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 degree awarded undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unless degrees were issued by 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
      • One recommendation letter
    Apply Now

    MA in Counseling Psychology

    Application process:

    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" for program)
      • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
      • Submit transcripts to: gradadmissions@stthomas.edu 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.
      • Statement of Purpose - three pages (double spaced)
      • Resume/CV
    4. Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist
    Apply Now

    MA with Direct Admission to Doctorate Program

    Students who have already completed a BA/BS degree can apply directly to the PsyD program. If accepted into the Direct Admit program, students complete their MA degree and are automatically accepted into the PsyD program.

    Application process:

    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 copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
      • 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, addressing the candidate's suitability for the program.
      • Statement of Purpose -three pages (double spaced)
      • Resume/CV
      • Writing Sample - 2-3 pages of scholarly writing related to the field of psychology.
    4. Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist
    Apply Now

    Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

    Application process:

    1. Meet the basic requirements:
      • A master's degree in counseling psychology, or its equivalent. The degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
      • Degrees may be considered equivalent if they include:
        1. a counseling practicum and
        2. courses in the following areas: statistics or quantitative research design, biological bases of behavior (e.g., Psychobiology, Psychophysiology), social psychology or group dynamics, psychological assessment or measurement theory, personality or counseling theory, development (i.e., career, family, or life span), psychopathology, counseling skills and techniques, counseling ethics.
    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 “Doctorate” for degree and “Counseling Psychology” for program)
      • Official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Submit transcripts to: gradadmissions@stthomas.edu 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.
      • Candidate's statement of purpose - part of the application form.
      • Writing Sample - 2-3 pages of scholarly writing related to the field of psychology.
    4. Complete interview with Faculty upon selection as finalist
    Apply Now

    Non-Degree Coursework

    If you are not certain if you want to pursue a degree in counseling, you may enroll in a non-degree course first. If after completing from one to three non-degree courses you apply to and are accepted into the MA in Counseling Psychology program, you can apply those course credits to your MA program. Graduate School of Professional Psychology policy allows MA students to apply no more than nine non-degree credits to the MA program.

    Apply for free by filling out our short online application and submitting an official transcript showing completion of your bachelor's degree.

    Apply Now

    CE Credits for LPC/LPCC

    Licensees (LPC or LPCC) needing to complete graduate-level coursework (up to 12 credits) for the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) can meet this requirement by enrolling in a wide array of courses. Advantages for a licensee taking one or more of these courses from the University of St. Thomas include:

    • Convenient and flexible schedule with evening and weekend classes
    • Instruction by core and adjunct faculty who practice in the field of mental health
    • Connected to a strong network of diverse students, faculty, and alumni

    Application process:

    1. Meet the basic requirements:
      • Prospective students must have completed a M.A. in Counseling Psychology or related field from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
    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 degree awarded undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unless degrees were issued by 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
      • One recommendation letter
    Apply Now

    Application Deadlines

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • MA with Direct Admission to Doctorate Program
  • Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (PsyD)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

    • Application open: August 1
    • Spring start application deadline: October 15
    • Fall start application deadline: February 5
    MA in Counseling Psychology

    MA with Direct Admission to Doctorate Program

    • Application open: August 1
    • Fall start for Direct Admission application deadline: December 15
    MA with Direct Admission to PsyD

    Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

    • Application open: August 1
    • Application deadline: December 15
    Counseling Psychology Doctorate

    Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

    • Application open: August 1
    • Spring start application deadline: October 15
    • Fall start application deadline: February 5
    MA in Counseling Psychology

    MA with Direct Admission to Doctorate Program

    • Application open: August 1
    • Fall start for Direct Admission application deadline: December 15
    MA with Direct Admission to PsyD

    Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

    • Application open: August 1
    • Application deadline: December 15
    Counseling Psychology Doctorate

    Tuition and Fees

    • MA Program: On-campus or Online Tuition (per credit): $799.50
    • Doctoral Program (PsyD): On-campus Tuition (per credit): $1,048

    • Books and materials (estimate per course): $150-250
    • Late registration fee: $100
    • Graduate Writing Center fee (per semester/per term): $15
    • Graduation fee: $75 Technology fee, fall/spring/summer (less than 6 credits): $57
    • Technology fee, J-Term: $34
    • Technology fee, fall/spring/summer (6 or more credits): $115.50
    • Audit fee: Equal to the cost of one credit hour in school in which student enrolled
    • Graduate psychology testing fee (Master's CPSY 604, 605): $50
    • Graduate psychology testing fee (Doctoral CPSY 737, 903): $100

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    Financial Aid

    Various financial aid options from federal and state programs are available to students in the MA and PsyD programs in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

    • Federal financial aid and student loans managed through Graduate Financial Aid
    • Loan repayment programs (federal and state)
    • Graduate Assistantships (work with a professor or with administration)
      • 5 - 10 hours/week typical @ $15 per hour
    • Merit-based scholarships
    • Diversity scholarships
      • St. Thomas Graduate Programs
      • Other scholarship and financial aid opportunities posted to website

    For more information, please email the Graduate Psychology Program Office.