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

MS in Counseling: School Counseling

Graduate degree; Master of Science

The school counseling concentration of the MS in Counseling program prepares students to meet the demands of individual, career, and group counseling within elementary and secondary school settings. This program is designed to prepare students not only as traditional school counselors but also as quality practitioners in the broader field of counseling.

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

School Counseling Program Highlights

Earn your Master of Science degree in counseling at an affordable, private, Catholic university. The master’s program in counseling at the University of Mary is designed to provide the flexibility you need to complete your degree while balancing time at work and home:

  • Earn your master’s degree in counseling via a flexible evening program that meets two nights per week.
  • Complete your MS in counseling in as little as 20 months while continuing to work.
  • Gain extensive real-world experience in the community that you can apply directly to your career.
  • Develop ethical leadership skills in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.

Career Outlook: School Counselors

The demand for school counselors who can navigate a variety of issues in a diverse setting are increasing. Overall, there is an anticipated 12 percent increase in the employment of school counselors between now and 2022.

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

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

  • 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

School Counseling Track Courses

  • COU 620 Elementary School Counseling
  • COU 622 Secondary School Counseling
  • COU 626 Guidance, Administration and Consultation

The University of Mary is committed to supporting Catholic education in North Dakota. As part of this commitment to educators, the University of Mary will offer a 50% tuition reimbursement to K- 12 educators, who are employed full time by a Catholic school or other recognized partner (Shiloh Christian School, Bismarck, ND).

Eligibility Requirements and Scholarship Guidelines:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in graduate credits within an education or school counseling 
graduate program. 

  • Beneficiaries must be accepted to a program of study that leads to an earned degree. 

  • The benefit applies to one earned master’s degree. 

  • The benefit will pay 50% of the educator’s tuition. 

  • The benefit does not apply to fees, technology fees, room, board, books, or other non- 
tuition charges. All remaining charges are the responsibility of the student. 

  • The student will be charged the published tuition rates and then a scholarship will be 

  • Applicants must be employed full time by a Catholic school or other recognized partner 
(Shiloh Christian School, Bismarck, ND) at the time courses are taken. 

  • This Catholic Educators Partner Program Scholarship Application must be completed and 
returned to: 

University of Mary

Office of Financial Assistance
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504

The University of Mary's complete admission requirements for the graduate counseling program can be found on the Master of Science in Counseling program page.

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

If you are considering a focus in school counseling, you might also be interested in the following MS in Counseling program concentrations offered at the University of Mary: