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Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality Art Therapy

St. Stephen's College

St. Stephen's College

The Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (MPS) program is an academic-professional degree that develops spiritually-integrated counselors, psychotherapists, and art therapists. The program enables students to integrate psychological and spiritual knowledge for effective therapeutic practice. Students in the MPS program will have the ability to integrate diverse learning with their own personal growth, awareness, and spirituality.

The program is 60-credits and can be taken as either a Counselling stream or an Art Therapy stream, both of which are delivered through a blend of academic coursework, supervised clinical experience in community settings, and a final research project. Academic instruction includes a combination of intensive week-long courses and traditional semester long online courses. This blend provides students the opportunity to develop strong cohort groups and learn from the experiences and backgrounds of their peers.

As with all St. Stephen's programs, the MPS is open to people from all faith traditions, spiritual practices, and/or worldviews.


University of Alberta Campus
8810-112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J6, Canada

  • Program Type Master's
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 2 Years

    Students taking a full course load can complete the MPS in two years, though students can take longer if they desire.  Students entering the program without all the required pre-requisite courses should expect to complete the program in three or more years.  Students must complete all requirements within seven years from their start date. 

  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Degree from an institution of higher education approved by a Canadian provincial authority, or the demonstrated educational equivalent. Grade average minimum must be 72%/B/3.0 during last 60 credits of course weight. Applicants who hold a degree other than psychology must have either completed a minimum of 9 undergraduate credits in psychology, or, if they are offered admission to the program, must have completed 3 undergraduate credits in psychology and commit to complete an additional 6 undergraduate credits as co-requisites within the first year of the program. Additional course work in religious studies, theology, and/or spirituality will be a benefit. Students who are required to complete co-requisite courses should expect to complete the program in a longer timeframe.

Personal Requirements: 

  • Evidence of commitment and ability to integrate spiritually-informed training into professional practice. This will be assessed through the applicant’s written statements and admissions interview.

Professional Requirements: 

  • All applicants should be able to demonstrate work or volunteer experience in a humanities and/or social services field. For applicants to the Art Therapy Stream, demonstration of skill and experience in visual arts. These will be assessed through the CV, written statements, and (for art therapy applicants) visual art portfolio.

Language Requirements: 

  • All applicants must be proficient in English prior to admission. Proficiency is demonstrated by either (a) possession of a prior degree where the primary language of instruction was English, (b) demonstration of sufficient coursework completed in English, or (c) a satisfactory score on an approved English language examination (either TOEFL iBT, IELTS, CAEL, or PTE Academic). For full details, see the “English Language Proficiency” section of the St. Stephen’s College Academic Calendar.

Distance Delivery Options

Combined (onsite and online)

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Mandatory Fees $5,153.00 Year One
  • Tuition $4,280.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $600.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated March 05, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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