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  • Minimum Credits
  • Estimated Tuition
  • Duration
    2 Years

Program Overview

The Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical experience needed to enter into a successful career.

Students are given the flexibility to explore different areas of counseling and psychological services and discover their personal areas of interest. With classes taught by professors who are experts in their field combined with a practicum experience, the program gives students knowledge of the complex nature of human behavior and social interaction. It also helps students to develop tools for assessing human problems and assisting individuals in developing greater understanding and acceptance of themselves and their relationships with others.

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). 

Masters level students enrolled in the M.A. in Counseling & Psychological Services program have the option to apply to the Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology program as an early entry student. If accepted into the Psy.D. program, students then transition to the doctoral program and finish out their masters degree within the doctoral program using courses from both the masters and doctoral programs combined.

Saint Marys University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Graduation from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized body is required to meet educational requirements for counseling licensure in Minnesota. For more information about Saint Marys Institutional Accreditation, visit For more information about CHEAs recognition of the Higher Learning Commission, visit 

Dual Program Option: M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies

Saint Mary's offers a new dual program option to prepare students to work in the field of mental health counseling as well as alcohol and drug treatment. The program is designed to help students meet the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy's educational requirements for licensure as Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC).

This option combines the requirements of the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies in as few as 60 credits. An Integrated Practicum of 880 hours is based on the State of Minnesota's practicum requirements for licensure as a LPC/LPCC and LADC.

The Rochester and Minneapolis programs share curriculum, but the Rochester program operates with a cohort model. Most students are admitted for the fall cohort, but as appropriate some students may be eligible to start in the spring semester as well.

Students seeking out smaller classroom sizes may benefit from attending the Rochester location, as our class sizes are typically smaller than those found in Minneapolis. 

Course Information

Designed to help students meet the educational requirements for Minnesota licensure for Licensed Professional Counselors, this master's program provides coursework in psychological assessment and counseling, as well as research, theory, and ethics.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a 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 any personal information the applicant wishes to share
  7. Three recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
  8. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
  9. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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Key Dates

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Start Date
Fall Semester 2020
Fall Semester 2021

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $520 Per Credit


Paper and Oral Exam Fee:$250

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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