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Counseling and student personnel psychology

Carolyn Berger speakers with counselors from across Minnesota
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.

#9 in U.S. among educational psychology graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2018

Careers

  • 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

Coursework

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

Curriculum

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:

Tuition

Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.

Funding

Scholarships

Financial aid

Diversity

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.

Alumni profile

"One of the things I enjoyed most about this program was my cohort, it is very energizing to be surrounded by people who are passionate about the same thing you are."

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Marin Thuen, M.A. '15 School Counselor, Olson Middle School

Read more about Marin's experience.

Faculty and staff

Carolyn Berger headshot

Carolyn Berger caberger@umn.edu

  • College and career readiness
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Counseling underserved populations
  • Ethics in counseling
Kelli Howard headshot

Kelli Howardhowar473@umn.edu

  • Counseling process and outcome
  • Student development
  • Mental health prevention
  • Teaching and learning
Scott McConnell headshot

Scott McConnell Program coordinator and clinical training director
smcconne@umn.edu | Lab

  • Development of preschool-aged children, including the role of parent-child interactions
  • Evidence-based practices in schools, counseling, and mental health settings
Marguerite Ohrtman headshot

Marguerite Ohrtmanmohrtman@umn.edu

    • 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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Thomas Skovholtskovh001@umn.edu

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

Sherri Turnerturne047@umn.edu

  • 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