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.
The program is designed to help students meet the educational requirements for Minnesota licensure for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). Master’s level students enrolled in the M.A. in Counseling & Psychological Services Program have the option to apply to the Psy.D. Program as an early entry student (see specific requirements outlined by the PsyD program). If accepted into the Psy.D. Program, students then transition to the doctoral program and finish out their master’s degree within the doctoral program, using courses from both the master’s and doctoral programs combined.
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.
- Provide 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 in Minneapolis and Rochester are delivered in a blended format, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner. Courses offered in the remote-only cohort are delivered via a combination of online synchronous and asynchronous class sessions.
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.