The M.A. in Counseling Psychology provides the skills to work as a professional therapist or counselor; to use counseling skills in related fields; or to prepare for doctoral study. Students gain a foundation in counseling theory, research, and practice in either a 2- or 3-year schedule, and have the opportunity to specialize through a concentration.
In the Child and Adolescent Counseling concentration, you’ll develop the specialized understanding and skills necessary to assess the mental health needs of children and adolescents, and learn to apply effective evidence-based interventions in a wide variety of settings.
In the Community/Mental Health Counseling concentration, you’ll develop specialized understanding and skills necessary to assess adults’ mental health needs and apply evidence-based practices to promote healing and change in a wide variety of settings.
This program fulfills the licensure requirements in the state of Minnesota. To obtain this license, you’ll need to pass a standard exam. While our program prepares you for the exam, we cannot guarantee you’ll pass the exam. If you want to obtain this license in a state other than Minnesota, you’ll need to check that state’s requirements for licensure.
A 700-hour practicum is required in the final year, so you can integrate what you’ve learned in class. This practicum, typically completed over 9 months, provides supervised practice in individual, family, and group therapy.
2-year Format: A more intense schedule appropriate for individuals with no or only part-time job responsibilities, more flexible schedules, and fewer obligations. Classes generally meet 2 evenings a week the first year and 1 evening a week the second year.
3-year Format: More appropriate for individuals with full-time jobs or less flexible schedules and more obligations. Classes generally meet one evening a week during all 3 years of the program.