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The program admits a new class of students to begin classes each fall. Usually, students will not be admitted to the program in the spring and summer terms. The number of students admitted each year is limited. Admissions decisions are based on the applicant's ability to meet the expectations for academic performance outlined in the Program Handbook. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not insure admission to the program.

A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, for which applicant maintained at least a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. The master's degree must be in a mental health related area (i.e. psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, nursing, or human development). Applicants must have completed a clinical practicum of at least 300 hours. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework.

Applicants must have completed the following graduate courses within the last ten years with a grade of "B" or better. Coursework older than ten years may be accepted if the applicant has maintained a professional license to practice in a related field (e.g. LPC, LMFT) which requires documentation of continuing education credits. Applicants may be required to complete missing coursework prior to enrolling in doctoral level coursework:

  1. Developmental Psychology
  2. Physiological Psychology
  3. Counseling Skills
  4. Statistics and/or Quantitative Research Design
  5. Psychological Assessment
  6. Psychopathology
  7. Personality Theory and/or Theories of Counseling
  8. Techniques and Skills in Clinical Interventions
  9. Professional Ethics 


Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  1. Application Forms and Fee - Completed application form and supplemental application form with the nonrefundable application fee. (Fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel.)
  2. Official Transcripts - All transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate coursework, including an official transcript issued to Saint Mary's University from the institution granting the applicant's completed master's degree.
    1. An official transcript is one that is sent or carried to the university in an envelope sealed by the granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a Saint Mary's University of Minnesota accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, and Educational Credential Evaluators, and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. University standards.
  3. Certificates and Licenses- Copies of any professional licenses, certifications, and certificates of completion for any continuing education coursework used to fulfill admissions requirements.
  4. Personal Statement - All applicants must submit a personal statement.
  5. Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability.
  6. Résumé - A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.

Please Note: Applications are due by March 1 for students who wish to begin the program the following fall. Applications must be complete in order to be considered. After preliminary review of applications by the admission committee, selected applicants will be invited for an admission interview.

Applications will be notified of the admission decision no later than April 15. Students admitted to the program will be asked to make a non-refundable deposit to hold their place in the program. Selected applicants may be notified that they have been placed on a waiting list. Applications received after the March 1 deadline will be considered for the following fall only if there is still space available in the program.

Application Documents

Personal statement and resume

References–The online application will prompt applicants to provide reference names and email addresses. The references will then be contacted via email with instructions on how to electronically submit a letter of recommendation 

Other application materials can be sent to:

Office of Admission, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
2500 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

If you have questions regarding admissions please contact us at (612) 728-5100 or (866) 437-2788.

Application Criteria for Students with International Transcripts

Additional application information may be required:

Please see the International Student section for additional information.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees can be found here.