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Counseling and student personnel psychology

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Darian Winslow, MA student in the counseling and student personnel psychology program, was recently chosen as Totino-Grace's (TG) counseling intern for the 2019-20 school year. 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

#14 in U.S. among counseling and student personnel psychology programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2019

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Coursework and related licensures


The CSPP 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


MA 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 MA program prepares you to pursue the following Minnesota licensures:


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



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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.

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, MA '15 School Counselor, Olson Middle School

Read more about Marin's experience.

Other CSSP alumni profiles.

Faculty and staff

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Carolyn Berger Program coordinator

  • 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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Marguerite OhrtmanMA clinical training director

  • 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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  • 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