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Department of Psychology
College of Social and Natural Sciences
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880

Graduate Faculty

Dr. Richard Hook (Chair;, Dr. Louise Jackson (Graduate Coordinator;, Dr. Russell Bennett, Dr. Laurie Desiderato, Dr. Marsha Driscoll, Dr. Dwight Fultz, Dr. Russell Lee, Dr. James Rafferty

Degree Offered

Master of Science - Counseling Psychology

The Master of Science is the highest degree awarded by the Department of Psychology. It provides a broad background in Counseling Psychology with a particular emphasis on the development of counseling skills, as supported by research in psychological principles and in the helping process. The program culminates in either an original thesis or an internship designed to further hone students’ professional counseling skills.

Preparation Requirements

Undergraduate major in Psychology, Applied Psychology, or a related field. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is strongly recommended. Prior coursework must include one basic helping skills course. The Department of Psychology may require some applicants to complete additional undergraduate course work in psychology.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study for degree requirements.

Course Work Requirements

I. Required Core

Select one of the following two courses:
PSY 5302 Advanced Statistics (4 credits)
SOC 5001 Social Statistics (3 credits)

Complete all of the following:
PSY 5337 Group Processes (3 credits)
PSY 5347 Psychological Measurement (3 credits)
PSY 6002 Counseling Research Methods (3 credits)
PSY 6118 Theories of Counseling and Psychopathology (3 credits)
PSY 6331 Practicum in Counseling and Supervision (3 credits)
PSY 6777 Professional Ethics: Theory and Practice of Professional Conduct in a Diverse Society (2 credits)
PSY 6778 Counseling in a Diverse Society (2 credits)
PSY 6888 Personal Growth and Development (1 credit)
PSY 6970 Internship in Counseling Psychology (9 credits)

Subtotal 32-33 Credits

II. Require Research

PSY 6870 Research Proposal Seminar (1 credit)

Select one of the following:
PSY 6980 Research Paper (2 credits)
PSY 6990 Master’s Thesis (4 credits)

Subtotal 3-5 Credits

III. Electives

Select four of the following courses:
PSY 5328 Behavioral and Cognitive Intervention (3 credits)
PSY 5331 Basic Counseling and Crisis Techniques (4 credits)
PSY 5357 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 5408 Human Services Program Management (3 credits)
PSY 5469 Family Systems (3 credits)
PSY 6229 Assessment and Career Development (3 credits)
PSY 6332 Advanced Practicum (3 credits)
PSY 6407 Student Affairs Administration (3 credits)
PSY 6408 Issues in College Student Development (3 credits)
SOC 5000 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)

Subtotal 12-13 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for the Degree 48-51 Credits

All students must demonstrate competency in computer applications in applied statistics. This requirement may be satisfied by successfully completing PSY 5302 Advanced Statistics or SOC 5001 Social Statistics.

Students intending to apply for licensure as Licensed Professional Counselor through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy must complete the following requirements:

  1. The graduate degree must be at least 48 credits, and the following courses must be chosen from the Electives section and taken prior to the completion of the degree:
    PSY 5469 Family Systems
    PSY 6229 Assessment and Career Development
    PSY 6332 Advanced Practicum
  2. Post-graduate course work. In addition to the required 48 credits, those applying for licensure must take 12 credits post-graduate in the two years following the completion of the degree.

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