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Counseling and student personnel psychology

Carolyn Berger at professional development workshop

CSPP and College Readiness Consortium host college and career readiness workshop

Counselors working in both rural and urban areas across Minnesota attended a half-day workshop, where they were presented with current data that support the need for greater attention to college and career readiness. Read more.

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 their 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.


  • Licensed K-12 school counselor
  • College and student personnel counselor
  • Mental health professional in a community agency

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Coursework and related licensures


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.

Area of emphasis

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

  • Community counseling
  • Higher education / student personnel
  • School counseling

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.

Licenses you'll prepare for

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


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The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our undergraduate and graduate programs, of our teaching and learning, of our research and clinical practice, and of our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Visit our diversity page to learn more about our commitment to diversity and resources for supporting diversity and inclusion.

"I am energized by the amount of learning that takes place within the CSPP program. The pairing of academic instruction from committed and knowledgeable professors with the sharing of varied experiences only a cohort model can provide, has made for a uniquely positive and engaging environment."

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Cristina Silva GleasonM.A. student |

Interests: Working with students in alternative learning sites (particulartly students who are pregnant and/or parenting, as well as immigrant students)

Work: Cristina is part of the data collection team for the Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators Project, which assesses early literacy and language skills for Spanish-speaking preschool-aged children. Next year, her practicum will be at a Spanish immersion school in Wayzata, as well as a high school in Minneapolis that offers International Baccalaureate programming.

Faculty and staff

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Carolyn Berger

  • College and career readiness
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Counseling underserved populations
  • Ethics in counseling
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  • Counseling process and outcome
  • Student development
  • Mental health prevention
  • Teaching and learning
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Scott McConnell Program coordinator and clinical training director | Lab

  • Development of preschool-aged children, including the role of parent-child interactions
  • Evidence-based practices in schools, counseling, and mental health settings
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    • Working with at-risk students and their families
    • Training of school counselors
    • Resiliency and impact of school counselors
    • Social media and anxiety with students
    • Leadership in school counseling
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  • Resiliency development and burnout prevention
  • Struggles of the novice practitioner, clinical supervision
  • The counseling process and helping skills
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  • 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