Minnesota Psychology Doctorate Programs

Americans are becoming increasingly open to the need for regular mental healthcare visits, and that’s a big reason why degree programs in psychology are among the most popular in the country.

Here in Minnesota, licensed psychologists are trained and empowered to help others overcome or manage their emotional and behavioral health issues, but these professionals must first complete a doctoral program in psychology and earn either a Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) or Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy).

Let’s take a closer look at the schools, process and requirements here in Minnesota.

What’s On This Page

  • Quick Facts
  • Minnesota PsyD Programs
  • Other Psychology Doctorates
  • Minnesota Psychologist Requirements
  • Minnesota Doctorate Salary Outlook

Quick Facts

  • The University of St. Thomas has more than 50 academic programs for students to pursue.
  • The University of Minnesota founded their Psychology Department in 1917 as its own separate entity.
  • Saint Mary’s University requires an annual tuition of $31,335 for in-state students.
  • The University of Minnesota has an impressive graduation rate of 78.4% for first-time, full-time students.
  • The University of St. Thomas has a tuition rate of $38,105 per year.

List of PsyD Programs In Minnesota

Three universities in Minnesota offer Psy.D. degrees, and two of the three are accredited by the APA, with the third expected to earn accreditation soon. Let’s take a look at the educational options for prospective Psy.D. students in Minnesota.

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University of St. Thomas

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas earned APA accreditation for its Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2000. A total of 111 students have earned their degrees through the program over the past 10 academic years, and 91% of them have completed the steps for professional licensure.

  • Institution type: Private, not-for-profit
  • Campus: Paul
  • Annual tuition: $26,200
  • Degrees offered: PsyD in Counseling Psychology
  • Accreditation: APA
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Saint Mary’s University

The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology at Saint Mary’s University has been APA-accredited since 2015. A total of 37 students have completed the program since its inception, and 68% have earned licensure so far.

  • Institution type: Private, not-for-profit
  • Campus: Minneapolis
  • Annual tuition: $24,360
  • Degrees offered: PsyD in Counseling Psychology
  • Accreditation: APA
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Augsburg University

Augsburg University recently launched a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology that replicates the program formerly offered at the now-defunct Minnesota College of Professional Psychology. Augsburg is awaiting APA-accreditation for newly admitted students who start after the program’s first year (2019).

  • Institution type: Private, not-for-profit
  • Campus: Minneapolis
  • Annual tuition: $37,184
  • Degrees offered: PsyD in Clinical Psychology
  • Accreditation: APA (pending)
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How to Become a Psychologist in Minnesota

Those who wish to work as psychologists in Minnesota must first become officially licensed in the state. That means going through a specific set of steps that culminates in applying to the Minnesota Board of Psychology. Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved.

  1. Complete your bachelor’s degree in psychology. While it may not be necessary to major in psychology as an undergraduate, especially if you later earned a master’s in the subject, most doctoral programs that accept applicants directly out of college will much more strongly consider those with a psychology degree. But depending on the doctoral program’s focus, degrees in social work or biology may also be acceptable.
  2. Get your Psy.D. or Ph.D. Minnesota requires applicants to provide documentation that they have completed a doctoral program in psychology, ideally from an APA-accredited program. Students with degrees from non-APA-accredited schools may still apply, but their applications will take longer to process, and they’ll have to go through additional layers of documentation.
  3. Complete the state application. In addition to educational requirements, psychologist hopefuls in Minnesota must complete 1,800 hours of supervised postdoctoral work experience, submit to a criminal background check and take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the state’s professional responsibility exam (PRE).
  4. Keep your license valid. Psychologist licenses in Minnesota need to be renewed every two years, and professionals must complete 40 credits of continuing education every renewal period.
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Minnesota Clinical Psychologist Salary and Job Outlook

The average clinical, counseling or school psychologist in the state of Minnesota can expect to earn more than $84,000 per year with salaries reaching above $120,000 on the high end of the spectrum, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These figures are much higher than the overall average for all jobs in the state of about $56,000.

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Psychologist jobs should grow by about 12% in Minnesota over the next decade, compared to the growth rate of about 5% expected for all U.S. jobs.