The Master of Arts 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.
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services program are expected to be able to do the following:
- Use appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills with counseling clients and professionals.
- Counsel clients of diverse backgrounds based upon an awareness and appreciation of diversity.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills including providing reasoning in support of diagnosis and treatment interventions.
- Apply the fundamentals of research in counseling psychology to practice.
- Apply ethics to counseling, incorporating the rules and regulations of the profession, critical thinking, and compassion.
- Articulate appropriate plans for future professional development that include ongoing supervision/consultation.
- Apply knowledge and theory of counseling to practice.
- Assess client strengths, attributes, and problems.
- Apply knowledge and skills to selected areas of psychological practice.
Program Structure and Delivery
Courses are delivered in a blended format, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner.
Students complete a supervised practicum experience in a counseling or mental health setting under direct supervision as part of the degree requirements. This experience consists of a minimum of 700 hours, usually two semesters of 350 hours each, with a practicum supervision seminar class taken at the same time.
|Additional Required Courses
|Required Practicum Experience
|Integration Paper and Oral Examination
Assessment Courses: 7 cr.
Counseling Courses: 8 cr.
Additional Required Courses: 9 cr.
Required Practicum Experience: 6 cr.
The student completes a supervised practicum experience in a counseling or mental health setting under direct supervision. This experience consists of a minimum of 700 hours, usually two semesters of 350 hours each. A practicum supervision seminar class must be taken concurrently.
Integration Paper and Oral Examination
The final requirements of the program include the following:
- A paper in which the student integrates his or her education, practicum, and other professional experience with a review of current professional research literature.
- A final one-hour oral examination based upon the integration paper.
Students may wish to take electives to fulfill licensure requirements or return as special students to take electives for this purpose.
The following titles are representative of short (one-credit) general elective courses available. See the semester course schedule for current offerings.
The majority of the faculty members and advisers for the Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services program have earned doctorate degrees. Faculty members are selected for their educational and professional experience and expertise.
Applicants may apply for admission to master’s degree programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. Applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.
Applicants must submit the following:
- Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
- An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
- A reflective essay which includes the following:
- brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
- statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
- description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
- personal information the applicant wishes to share.
- Three letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
- A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
- Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)
Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404