The study of psychology in Minnesota began in the early 1900s and is still very much alive today. Interested students can choose from one of six APA-accredited programs in the state. Several of those programs are housed at the University of Minnesota, whose psychology department is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 in the country.

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Psychology candidates in Minnesota must graduate with a doctoral degree, complete an internship and a supervised employment period, and pass both a state and a national exam to be awarded a license.

Minnesota Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Minnesota are permitted to do the following:

  • Assess and provide psychotherapy for mental and emotional disorders, substance abuse, relationship issues, and the psychological aspects of illness or injury
  • Act as an expert witness and create psychological reports
  • Conduct psychological research and teach psychology

Minnesota’s Licensing Authority

The Minnesota Board of Psychology issues licenses, regulates the practice of psychology, and provides education.

Psychologist licensure candidates in Minnesota must have completed the following steps:

Graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology

Completed a pre-doctoral internship

Completed a post-doctoral supervised employment

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and the Minnesota Professional Responsibility Examination (PRE)

Other Licensing Criteria
  • The doctoral program must consist of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours or 384 clock hours of in-person psychological instruction. A 12-month period of residency is required.

  • Six semester credits are required in research design, statistics, and psychological measurement theory; application of psychological principles to problem identification; and application of psychological principles to problem solution. Three semester credits must be taken in: biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social basis of behavior, personality theory and human development, human diversity, and professional ethics and standards of conduct.

  • At least 20 hours of the 1,800-hour pre-doctoral internship must be completed weekly. The internship must take place within 12 to 30 consecutive months. At least one of the two required hours of weekly supervision must be individual between the candidate and supervisor. If more than 40 hours are worked in a week, an additional hour of supervision is required for every 20 hours.

  • The 1,800 hours of supervised employment must be completed within 12 to 30 consecutive months. At least one hour a week must be supervised. If the candidate works more than 20 hours a week, one hour of supervision is required for every additional 20 hours, or portion thereof. At least one hour a week must be completed under direct face-to-face supervision of the primary supervisor. No more than 50 hours a week can be credited.

Minnesota Psychology Licensing Exams

Psychologist candidates in Minnesota must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and the state Professional Responsibility Exam (PRE).

Minnesota’s Recognized Psychology Specializations

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • General Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements

License Renewal in Minnesota

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. Licensed psychologists must complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years. Some or all of the required hours can be substituted by activities such as publishing a book or an article or teaching a class.
Minnesota Licensure Resources

Salary and Employment Trends of Practicing Psychologists in Minnesota

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Minnesota vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Minnesota 7.1%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Minnesota 7%

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide N/A

Minnesota 39.6%

Number clinical, counseling and school psychologist and psychologists, other employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Minnesota 3,110

Earnings for Psychologists in Minnesota vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists   Psychologist , Other   Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Nationwide

Median Wage Annually

$68,900

 

$92,110

 

$76,950

Minnesota

Median Wage Annually

$69,680

 

$99,250

 

$106,840

Minnesota

Median Wage Hourly

$33.50

 

$47.72

 

$51.37

Minnesota

Lowest 10% yearly wage

$41,330

 

$44,110

 

$18,770

Minnesota

Highest 10% yearly wage

$107,660

 

$99,250

 

$168,150

To learn more about psychology education programs, licensure, and economic data in Minnesota, please visit the following resources.

Minnesota Psychology Resources