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Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: 612-624-6083

Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology
250 Education Sciences Building
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

Tel: 612-624-6827
Fax: 612-624-8241

Educational psychology—Counseling and student personnel psychology track


The counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP) track prepares counselors and counseling psychologists for work in a variety of settings, including education, business, community, and agency environments. U.S. News and World Report ranked the program fourth in the nation.


Master of arts (M.A.)
This generalist program emphasizes the practice of counseling and focuses on interviewing, counseling theory, career development, multicultural counseling, testing, and consultation. A focus on school counseling will lead to a K-12 school counseling license.

Doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.)

Our Ph.D. program in counseling psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1952*. The CSPP doctoral program's student admissions, outcomes, and other data are available to assist you in making an informed decision about entering the program. 

In this program, we subscribe to the scientist/practitioner model, which assumes that scholarly inquiry and counseling practice are interdependent and complementary. Our primary mission is to prepare counseling psychologists who will bring a well-trained professional's attitude and interest to bear on the application of psychological and educational knowledge. In addition to becoming skilled clinicians, our students learn to be critical consumers and producers of both qualitative and quantitative research.

* For information about APA accreditation status, contact the APA Commission on Accreditation, c/o Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 2002-4242, phone: 202-336-5979,


Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies

CSPP PhD Coursework

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