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Counseling Psychology Program Details

Master of Arts

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.

Counseling Psychology: Child and Adolescent Counseling 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.

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Counseling Psychology: Community Counseling Concentration

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.

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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.

Schedule Options

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.

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