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  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling

Graduate Studies

  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling

    Counseling & Student Affairs Program Coordinator: 
    Lisa Karch, Lommen Hall 113, (218) 477-2699, 


    Program Description

    Individuals already possessing a master's degree in school counseling, student affairs, psychology, human development, education, special education, social work, or any other mental health field at another institution may qualify for licensure certificate program status. The Graduate Certificate for Professional Counseling is intended to lead to state licensure. This program requires students to complete the equivalent of our degree program through transfer courses and courses taken at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Specified courses must be taken from MSUM. Contact the CNSA program coordinator for further information.

    Admission Requirements

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to: Graduate Studies Office, MSU Moorhead, 1104 7th Ave. S., Moorhead, MN 56563

    1.   Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    2.   GPA of 3.0
    3.   Completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form indicating Graduate Certificate under "Program Admission Requested".
    4.   Undergraduate, graduate and other transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies Office.
    5.   Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

    Certificate Requirements (15 credits)

    PSY 563 Abnormal Psychology  (3 credits)                                                             

    CNSA 655 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families (3 credits)           

    CNSA 691C Practicum in College Counseling   (3 credits)                                      

    CNSA 692C Internship in College Counseling  (6 credits)

    Students who have a Master's Degree other than Counseling 

    ED 602 Statistics in Educational Research  (2 credits)

    ED 603 Methods of Educational Research  (2 credits)

    CNSA 600 Introduction to Counseling Research  (1 credit)

    CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling  (2 credits)

    CNSA 611 Theories of Individual and Family Counseling  (3 credits)

    CNSA 612 Individual Appraisal  (3 credits)

    CNSA 613 Career Development  (3 credits)

    CNSA 614 Human Growth & Development for Counselors  (3 credits)

    CNSA 615 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling  (3 credits)

    CNSA 620 Counseling Skills  (3 credits)

    CNSA 630 Group Counseling (3 credits)

    CNSA 640 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling  (1 credit)






    Professional Counseling Graduate Certificate

    Admission Requirements:


     Admission Requirement



    Online graduate application

     Graduate Online Application


    $20 Non-Refundable application fee for first time MSUM applicants

    After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

    1. Log in to the Graduate Online Application site

    2. Select “Check Status”

    3. Select eServices at the top of the page. You will be    able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.


    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

    Contact ALL  the colleges and universities you have attended and have your transcripts sent to:

     Graduate Studies Office 

     MSU Moorhead, 1104 7th Ave. S. 

     Moorhead, MN 56563 

    You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other MnSCU institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.


    Master’s degree from an accredited institution

    The Graduate Studies Office and the CNSA Department will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.


    Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits

    The Graduate Studies Office and the CNSA Department will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.

    If you have any questions about the application process,

    please call the Graduate Studies Office at:


    If you have specific program questions, please contact the program coordinator:

    Lisa Karch, Ph.D.