Dec 07, 2023  
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook

Counseling and Psychological Services, M.A. and Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate

Program Structure and Delivery

The Addiction Studies (ADS) courses are provided in a remote delivery format with synchronous and asynchronous learning. The Counseling and Psychological Services (PY)  courses in Minneapolis and Rochester are delivered in a blended format, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities. Courses offered in the remote-only cohort are delivered via a combination of online synchronous and asynchronous class sessions.

Degree Requirements

For students completing the Counseling and Psychological Services, M.A. and Addiction Studies Certificate simultaneously: 

Core Courses 18 cr.
Assessment Courses 6 cr.
Counseling Courses 9 cr.
Additional PY Required Courses 6 cr.
Elective PY Courses 2 cr.
Additional ADS Required Courses 10 cr.
Required Practicum Experience 6 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total 60 cr.


Elective PY Courses: 2 cr.

Students choose one of the following:

Required Practicum Experience: 6 cr.

The student completes a supervised practicum experience in both a counseling/mental health setting and in a substance disorder treatment setting. Students dually enrolled in PY and ADS programs register for the following sequence of practicum courses, consisting of a minimum of 880 hours in two semesters of 440. For those who need an additional semester to complete 880 hours, ADS715 is available.


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.

Admission Requirements

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 may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript(s) 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 on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, 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).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    1. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    2. statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    3. description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    4. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. 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 Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404