M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical experience needed to enter into a successful career.

Students are given the flexibility to explore different areas of counseling and psychological services and discover their personal areas of interest. With classes taught by professors who are experts in their field combined with a practicum experience, the program gives students knowledge of the complex nature of human behavior and social interaction. It also helps students to develop tools for assessing human problems and assisting individuals in developing greater understanding and acceptance of themselves and their relationships with others.

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.

Dual Program Option: M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies

Saint Mary's offers a new dual program option to prepare students to work in the field of mental health counseling as well as alcohol and drug treatment. The program is designed to help students meet the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy's educational requirements for licensure as Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC).

The emphasis of this dual program option is an integration of both mental health and substance use theory and skills that can be applied to the profession. Students in the dual program have the opportunity to develop skills academically and experientially to work in mental health, chemical health, dual-disorder, criminal justice, hospital, assessment, detox, residential, and outpatient settings.

This option combines the requirements of the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies in as few as 60 credits. An Integrated Practicum of 880 hours is based on the State of Minnesota's practicum requirements for licensure as a LPC/LPCC and LADC.

Related Programs

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

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn you M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services in as little as two years.
  • The program starts at the beginning of each semester in the spring, summer, and fall.

Degree Requirements/Course Descriptions/Application Process

Apply by April 3, 2020, for a Summer 2020 start; or August 7, 2020 for a Fall 2020 start.

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This program is offered at our Twin Cities and Rochester locations.

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Daniel Lawrence

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor Graduate School of Health and Human Services

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH116

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4529


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Carlie Derouin

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor, Graduate School of Business and Technology

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5198


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Molly Bigelow

Director of Rochester Partnerships and Enrollment Counselor

Rochester Campus, RC

Campus Box: # 12

(507) 457-8602


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