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    5 Years

Program Overview

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology program provides training for the professional practice of psychology.

The Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Psy.D. program is student-centered and is attentive to the needs of the adult learner, preparing students for careers as licensed professional psychologists. In addition to foundation courses, the curriculum allows students to focus their studies in areas consistent with their interests and professional goals. The program emphasizes and integrates ethical practice, service to diverse and underserved communities, and evidence-based practices. There is a strong emphasis on individualized mentoring throughout the program.

Program Aims
The Saint Mary's University PsyD in Counseling Psychology program is based on a practitioner-scholar model and has two primary aims.

Aim 1: Develop professionally competent graduates prepared to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of social justice and promote well-being across the lifespan.

Aim 2: Produce counseling psychologists who engage in ethical practice with cultural humility and self-reflection.

Course Information

Providing training for the professional practice of psychology as a counseling psychologist and awarding the Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology, this program's course of study includes scientific coursework, foundational and advanced professional practice training, as well as other requirements for the doctoral degree.

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’s degree and official transcripts posting the applicant’s master's degree for which applicant maintained at least a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (master’s degree must be in a mental health related area i.e. psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, nursing, or human development). Applicants must have completed graduate coursework within the last ten years with a grade of “B” or higher in the following courses:Developmental Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Counseling Skills, Statistics, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Personality Theory and/or Theories of Counseling, Clinical Interventions, Professional Ethics. Coursework older than ten years may be accepted if the applicant has maintained a professional license to practice in a related field (i.e. LPC, LMFT) which requires documentation of continuing education credits
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A completed clinical practicum of at least 300 hours documented within an official masters degree transcript
  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
  10. Personal Statement, a three to six page statement which addresses the following areas: a) Brief description of your background, training, and experience (include work and experiences both within and outside of the healthcare field) b) Long term career goals (it is understood that these goals may change and that they may not be clearly formed at this point in time) and how obtaining licensure as a psychologist fits into your career goals and what is unique about a professional identity as a psychologist in terms of meeting your goals c) The doctoral program in counseling psychology is demanding of both time and energy, and sometimes students underestimate the commitment needed to complete the program in a timely manner. How do you plan to integrate your work as a student in the program with the other demands in your life? How do you anticipate making changes in your life so that you can successfully complete a doctoral program? d) Describe the academic, interpersonal, and/or personal challenges that might hinder your success as a student in a doctoral program in counseling psychology. How do you plan to address these challenges? e) Describe the academic, interpersonal, and personal strengths you would bring to your work as a student in a doctoral program in counseling psychology. What concerns you the most about the prospect of embarking on graduate study in a doctoral program in counseling psychology? What excites you the most? i) How do you anticipate that completing a doctoral program in counseling psychology will change you?
  11. Reflective Essay, a two to three page reflective essay which addresses each of the following areas: a) What are your thought and beliefs regarding the etiology of client distress? In other words, how do psychological problems develop and how are they maintained? b) What are your thoughts and beliefs regarding the nature of the psychological change process? In other words, how do psychological problems become resolved?
  12. Copies of any professional licenses or certifications obtained (optional).
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Start Date
Fall Semester Term 1

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $885 Per Credit


Qualifying Examination Fee:$315
Case Presentation Fee:$315

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