Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Counseling
Location(s): Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND

MS in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduate degree; Master of Science

The clinical mental health concentration of the M.S. in Counseling program prepares students to provide professional counseling services within a clinical or family-based practice setting. Graduates of the program are prepared for professional credentialing and licensure as clinical mental health counselors (LAPC, LPC, and LPCC) in the state of North Dakota.

At the University of Mary, you can complete your Master of Science degree in counseling as an evening program at our satellite campus locations in downtown Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Highlights

Earn your master’s degree in counseling in an affordable program at a private, Catholic university. The graduate counseling program at the University of Mary offers the flexibility you need to complete your graduate degree, as well as unique opportunities to gain real-world experience and skills that will enhance your career:

  • Classes meet two nights per week, enabling you to continue working while earning your master’s degree in counseling.
  • Accelerated program enables you to complete your master’s degree in counseling in as little as 20 months.
  • Internships are completed in a community-based setting that provides mental health, individual, and family counseling.
  • Small classes are led by world-class faculty who bring professional counseling experience to their classrooms.
  • The curriculum integrates Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values to develop strong, ethical leaders.

Career Outlook

It is anticipated that employment of mental health counselors will grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, making clinical mental health counseling an excellent option for graduate study. Growth is expected as more people have mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.* 

*U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • COU 500 Counseling Orientation Seminar
  • COU 510 Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • COU 520 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • COU 530 Human Growth and Development
  • COU 540 Career Counseling and Testing
  • COU 551 Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  • COU 570 Counseling Methods and Techniques
  • COU 572 Counseling Theories
  • COU 574 Group Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • COU 580 Assessment Techniques
  • COU 582 Psychopathology and Assessment
  • COU 590 Counseling Practicum
  • COU 611 Crisis Counseling
  • COU 614 Counseling Internship Seminar
  • COU 650 Family Counseling
  • COU 695 Internship
  • HUM 799 Graduate Studies Assessment

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track Courses

  • COU 600 Psychopharmacology
  • COU 640 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • COU 645 Child and Adolescent Counseling

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Admission requirements for the MS Counseling program include:

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA equivalent of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale. Applications will be considered from students with a GPA <3.0, and provisional acceptance into to the program may be granted, on a case-by-case basis.
  • Official Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Undergraduate major in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Education, Criminal Justice, or closely related human services or healthcare field is optimal.
  • Two professional recommendation letters
  • Professional statement of interest and career goals
  • FBI Background Check
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Check

For additional admission requirement details, please contact Dr. Julijana Nevland at 701-355-8014 or our admissions office at 800-288-6279.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


If you are considering the clinical mental health counseling track, you might also be interested in the following MS in Counseling programs offered at the University of Mary: