Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Counseling
Location(s): Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

MS in Counseling: Military Families Emphasis

Graduate degree; Master of Science

Military families face unique challenges, such as stress related to deployment, and managing a home and finances while a loved one is overseas. The military families counseling emphasis of the MS in Counseling program focuses on the special needs of service members and their families.

The military families counseling emphasis may be included as part of the Master of Science in Counseling offered by the University of Mary or added to an existing master's degree. 

The counseling master’s degree is offered as an evening program at the University of Mary’s satellite campus locations in downtown Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota.

Military Families Counseling Program Highlights

The master’s counseling program at the University of Mary meets two nights per week. In the military families emphasis of the program, you will learn from an experienced service member and have unique opportunities to:

  • Complete your master’s degree in counseling in as little as 20 months.
  • Balance work and family time while earning your master’s degree in counseling in flexible evening classes.
  • Gain hands-on practice experience through coursework, practicum, and an internship.
  • Learn in a collaborative environment and a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.

Career Outlook: Counseling

With an anticipated 18 percent increase in the overall employment of counselors between now and 2018, there continues to be a growing number of opportunities for professional counselors.

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

MS in Counseling students at Mary study in a cohort format; the program begins in the fall semester (August) of every year. Non-degree seeking students may register for courses as needed and do not follow the cohort model.

The Master of Science in Counseling degree with the military families emphasis includes courses in substance abuse counseling, counseling military families, and trauma and loss in military families.

Students are not required to complete a clinical internship if pursuing a military emphasis.

Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites (if applicable) added to an existing MSC: 

  • COU 570, 572, 574, 612 or a MSC or other master's degree in a related field.
  • COU 604 Substance Abuse Counseling
  • COU 670 Counseling Military Families
  • COU 680 Trauma and Loss in Military Families

Complete admission requirements and guidelines for Mary's MS in Counseling program can be found on the Master of Science in Counseling program page.

Contact our admissions office (800-288-6279) or graduate counseling program director Dr. Julijana Nevland (701-355-8014) with questions regarding additional admission requirement details.

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