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

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 and Fargo, 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

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


  • 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 fulltime 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 fulltime 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 


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