Up-to-Date Sex Therapy Training

Do you already hold a counseling or allied health license and want to expand your skills? Or are you an aspiring sex therapist looking to launch a fulfilling career? Then the University of Minnesota’s sex therapy program could be your next professional step.

With the Sex Therapy Certificate, you’ll get the scientific knowledge and training needed to address the mental health issues that may be affecting your client’s sexual health. You’ll study sexual function, sexual identity, trauma-informed approaches to care, and the dynamics of romantic relationships.

The Sex Therapy Certificate is:

  • State-of-the-art. You’ll learn the latest theory and practices of sex therapy that are grounded in actual evidence.
  • Career-enhancing. Gain expertise that can complement your allied license.
  • Practical. You’ll work on projects that apply to the actual practice of sex therapy.
  • Accessible. The entire certificate can be completed online. Take courses that may not be offered at your home university or in your country.

What Is a Stackable Credential?

This certificate, stacked with the Human Sexuality Certificate, can be applied toward the Master of Professional Studies in Sexual Health degree. Watch the video to learn more.

AASECT Certification

The Sex Therapy certificate was developed in partnership with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health in the University of Minnesota Medical School. Each HSEX course is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) for up to 35 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. 

To earn AASECT certification as a sex therapist, you must hold a valid state regulatory license or certificate for the state in which you practice. Completion of this program does not guarantee AASECT certification. For more information, contact info@aasect.org.

Sex Therapy Courses

The Sex Therapy certificate is made up of four online courses. Students who have already taken HSEX 6001 will instead take Health Care for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adults (HSEX 6311) as their foundations course.

Required Courses (12 credits)


Sex Therapy faculty are experienced professionals working in the fields of sexuality and gender research, therapy, education, and policy.

Meet the Faculty


Fall Semester Application Deadline: March 15
Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 15

We strive to be fair in the admissions process. Our program thrives when we have students from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. The admissions committee looks at all the parts of your application to ensure a good fit for academic success. We do not require standardized test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Contact enrollment advisor Steve Wicks if you’d like to apply and:

  • you have completed the U of M’s Human Sexuality Certificate,
  • you have been admitted to the U of M’s Human Sexuality Certificate, or if
  • you have questions about admission requirements or would like advice on how to gather your application materials.

Admission Requirements

We welcome applications from students who have

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00*
  • a commitment to the field of human sexuality through previous study, work, volunteer service, professional organizational involvement, etc.

* If your GPA is lower than 3.00, please tell us about it in the extenuating circumstances part of your professional statement.

Application Checklist

Your complete application will include:

  • An online application
  • A professional statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (optional)
  • College transcripts
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • English proficiency test scores (if applicable)
  • An application fee

Ready to take the next step and start gathering your materials?

Prepare Your Application Materials

Admissions Advising

Graduate enrollment advisor Steve Wicks is happy to answer your questions about the Sex Therapy program and the application procedure.

Or you can give Steve a call at 612-301-6127.

Do you have a more detailed question or want to tell us a little bit about yourself before the meeting? Fill out this brief questionnaire.

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