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Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology

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Help others grow academically and professionally

With a Masters of Arts in counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP), you’ll be qualified to counsel others throughout the lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good.How to apply



The CSPP M.A. is a two-year, full-time program. You’ll study individual, group, and family counseling, research and evaluation, counseling theory, human growth and development, diagnostic assessment, social and cultural foundations, ethics, and career development.

Areas of emphasis

Your curriculum requirements will depend on the area of emphasis you choose:


M.A. curriculum (48-53 credits)

Practicum / internship

During your second year, you’ll spend two to three full days per week at a practicum site practicing your counseling skills under the supervision of an appropriately licensed counselor.

Related licensures

Successful completion of the CSPP M.A. program prepares you to pursue the following Minnesota licensures:

Faculty & instructors

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Caroline Burke


  • Supervisory process for beginning counselors and therapists
  • Interpersonal dynamics between client and therapist
  • Practical theory for counselors and therapists
  • Ethics and the APA ethical code
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Marguerite Ohrtman


  • Working with at-risk students and their families
  • Multicultural counseling education
  • Training of school counselors
  • The achievement gap
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Thomas Skovholt


  • Resiliency development and burnout prevention
  • Struggles of the novice practitioner, clinical supervision
  • The counseling process and helping skills
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Sherri Turner


  • Methods and factors that facilitate the career development
  • Transition to work of minorities and adolescents
  • Career and guidance program evaluation in urban and rural schools and Native American tribes
  • Counseling and assessment applications


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Emily Colton


“I wanted a career where I could make a difference in the lives of children and adolescents."

  • Emphasis: School counseling
  • Interests: School counselor/parent communication, school counselor technology usage
  • Practicum/internship: Meadowview Elementary in Farmington, Orono Middle School, and Osseo Senior High School
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Jessica Depuydt


“The Educational Psychology program was my first choice because the program has been highly regarded in the field of counseling for many years.”

  • Emphasis: School counseling
  • Interests: Preventative psychology, parental involvement with children, and technology in counselor communication practices
  • Practicum/internships: Edina Public Schools: AVID tutor to promote college readiness skills and behaviors, Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts in Brooklyn Park, Boeckman Middle School in Farmington, and Edina High School
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Rose Gangl


    “I knew I liked the field of psychology but was unsure of what area I preferred. As part of my undergraduate career I took a counseling course and a multicultural course. Those two classes inspired me to pursue counseling. I wanted to help and learn from people.”
  • Emphasis: Mental health professional in a community agency
  • Interests: Benefits of using theatre as therapy, diversity and cultural identities
  • Practicum/internship: Park Avenue Center in Minneapolis
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Ned McCully


“I realized I enjoyed working with people, especially students, and liked using my creative thinking skills to set and achieve goals.

  • Emphasis: Student personnel/higher ed
  • Interests: Culture and identity, particularly gender and sexuality
  • Practicum/internship: University Counseling and Consulting Services