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Master’s in Counseling Psychology

Earn Your Master’s in Counseling Psychology

Our ‌Counseling Psychology master's program provides you with a foundation of psychological theories and practical counseling techniques and opportunities for a variety of career paths after graduation. In addition to coursework, the program requires that you complete a practicum.

Options for Your Career:

The MA program in Counseling Psychology offers three career paths, each of which fully meets the degree program requirements in Minnesota for the following MA-level licenses:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC/LPCC)
  • Joint licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and LPC/C
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

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.

Where You'll Learn:

Minneapolis Campus

When to Start:

Fall or Spring

About the Degree

Coursework Requirements

48 Credits
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  • CPSY 600: Psychological Statistics
  • CPSY 602: Learning and 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 and Family Psychology
  • CPSY 680: Diversity Issues in Counseling

Coursework Requirements

48 Credits
Browse all Counseling Psychology courses

  • CPSY 600: Psychological Statistics
  • CPSY 602: Learning and 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 and Family Psychology
  • CPSY 680: Diversity Issues in Counseling

Practicum Opportunities

As an MA student, you can apply to a wide range of agencies to complete your practicum, such as university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, correctional facilities and hospitals. You'll receive 1-on-1 support in finding your practicum site.

Practicum Opportunities

As an MA student, you can apply to a wide range of agencies to complete your practicum, such as university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, correctional facilities and hospitals. You'll receive 1-on-1 support in finding your practicum site.

Accreditation/Licensure Information

The MA in Counseling Psychology meets the degree program requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), and Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) in the state of Minnesota. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to visit the licensure disclosure page.

Accreditation/Licensure Information

The MA in Counseling Psychology meets the degree program requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), and Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) in the state of Minnesota. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to visit the licensure disclosure page.

Concentration Options

Family Psychology Concentration (LMFT)

Students in this program can enroll in coursework in the Family Psychology Concentration (18 additional credits) which, together with the 48-credits of coursework in the MA program, meets the degree program requirements for licensure in Minnesota as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Family Psychology Concentration (LMFT)

Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration (LADC and LPC/C)

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology offers a Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration (CODCO), which allows students in the MA program to concurrently enroll in coursework in the CODCO (15 additional credits) while completing the 48-credits of coursework in the MA program.

Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration (LADC and LPC/C)

Why St. Thomas?

As the primary point of our focus, you’ll be assigned an advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Flexible Schedule

We'll help you develop a flexible, full- or part-time program plan with evening and weekend class options.

Faculty Advisors

Our faculty are practitioners who go out of their way to connect you to a strong network of diverse students, faculty and alumni.

Get Involved

Enhance your experience in groups for counseling psychology students, like the Graduate Student Organization and the Students of Color, Multiracial and Indigenous Students (SOCMI) group.

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01 Get Help Finding Your Training Site

Over 90 Training Sites

With over 90 different practicum sites to partner, you can apply to a wide range of agencies to complete their practicum. Sites include university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, correctional facilities, schools, hospitals and the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services. You'll receive personalized attention in finding a practicum site. 

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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! 

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