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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.


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.


The program is offered on the Twin Cities campus and in Rochester. 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, weekdays and Saturdays. Each class meets once per week. Students may finish the program in two years or may take up to five years if needed.

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

Saint Mary's new Dual Program Option prepares 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 to 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 requirements of 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. 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  |  |  (507) 457-8608

Twin Cities  | Daniel Lawrence | | 612-238-4529