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M.A. in Counseling & Psychological Services

The Master of Arts Program in Counseling and Psychological Services prepares graduates for professional work in counseling, psychotherapy, and other psychological services. It is designed to enhance the student's understanding of the complex nature of human behavior and social interaction, and to develop tools for assessing human problems and assisting individuals in developing greater understanding and acceptance of themselves and their relationships with others. Graduates work in a wide variety of settings applying their education.

Structure

The program is designed to help students meet the educational requirements for Minnesota licensure for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). In addition coursework is offered for the educational requirements for Minnesota Licensure for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). Students planning to seek licensure with the Minnesota Board of Psychology after earning a doctorate can work toward some of their educational requirements in the master's program.

The core of this 48 credit program consists of six required courses which total 18 semester credits. Beyond the core students take courses in assessment, counseling, ethics, social psychology, psychophysiology, and near the end of the program, do a practicum. A variety of electives is offered. Students may take electives from several other related master's degree programs such as Marriage and Family Therapy, Human Development and Education.

A maximum of six graduate semester credits earned prior to admission at Saint Mary's University may be accepted as transfer credits upon the recommendation of the program director/site coordinator and the approval of the academic dean.

Delivery

The program is offered on the Twin Cities campus and in Rochester. Core classes are also offered at our Minnetonka site. For the convenience of students, many of whom work, most classes are offered in the evenings. Classes often have fewer than 25 students. Sections of some classes, including core courses are offered during the day including Saturdays. Each class meets once per week. Students may finish the program in two years or may take up to five years if needed.

Related Programs

Counseling and Psychological Services master's students may also be interested in adding the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies or the Graduate Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy. Some students choose to apply to the Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology program. Our master's students may apply after they finish their master's degrees or as early entry applicants.

Degree Requirements

Locations & Admission Contacts

Rochester Center  |  Kate Utterback  |  kconnor@smumn.edu  |  (507) 285-1410

Twin Cities Campus  |  Jacquelynn Austin  |  jaustin@smumn.edu  |  (612) 238-4570