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.

Master of Science in Counseling Evening Program Overview

At the University of Mary, earning a Master's in Counseling (MSC) is about much more than obtaining a professional degree or industry credential—it’s about positioning you to serve the long-term, quality-of-life needs of your clients. So whether your specialty is addiction, clinical mental health or school counseling, the integration of Mary's Benedictine values into your coursework ensures that service to your clients always comes first.

At Mary, you will study and learn in a professional environment dedicated to academic rigor, school-life-work balance, time-to-completion and return-on-investment. Taught by instructors who are professionally active in their field, Mary’s counseling programs balance leading theory with the best-known hands-on practices in the industry today.

Mary offers the following Master's in Counseling degree programs:

MS in Counseling Program Highlights

  1. Designed for working professionals

    Many students continue to work full-time during their first year of courses. Classes start each fall and there is no GRE required.

  2. Classroom and experiential learning

    Mary's Master's in Counseling programs are offered face-to-face two nights a week at our campuses in Bismarck and Fargo, and Watford City, ND. Each class lasts five weeks. You will be learning alongside a cohort of classmates who will become a network of professional support. Your time won’t only be spent in the classroom. Whatever Master's degree program you choose, you’ll spend a minimum of 600 hours in the field with practicum or internship opportunities.

  3. Positioning you for long-term success

    University of Mary's Master's in Counseling programs—which are in the process of CACREP accreditation—will prepare you for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (our first attempt pass rate is 95%) and additional degree work, including a Ph.D., should you choose to continue your education.

MS in Counseling Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for school and career counselors was $53,370 in May 2014. Additionally, students who graduate with a Master's degree in counseling from Mary have gone on to work for employers such as:

  • North Dakota Department of Human Services
  • Catholic Health Initiatives – St. Alexius
  • Bismarck Public Schools
  • Mandan Public Schools
  • Heartview Foundation
  • Prairie St. John's Hospital
  • Village Family Services
  • Sanford Health
  • Charles Hall Youth Services
  • Private practice

Others have elected to pursue doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Counselor Education and Supervision.

Admission requirements for Mary's Master of Science in Counseling program include:

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA equivalent of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  • Official Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Applications will be considered from students with a GPA greater than 3.0 and provisional acceptance into to the program may be granted on a case-by-case basis
  • 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 requirements, please contact Dr. Julijana Nevland at 701-355-8014 or our admissions office at 800-288-6279.

Please note that acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study; your academic program may have specific application requirements. 

Non-degree seeking students may apply at any time and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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If you are seeking a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Mary, your studies will take place within a cohort format and will begin in the fall semester each year. If you are a non-degree seeking student, you will not follow the cohort model and may register for courses as needed.

Please see the program page for each of the respective MS in Counseling degree options (listed above) to view specific course requirements.

Counseling Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) 2017 pass rate: 95%
(Bismarck and Fargo campus combined)

National Counseling Examination (NCE) pass rate for the graduating class of 2017: 100%
(as of June, 1 2017; Bismarck and Fargo campus combined)

The University of Mary offers a number of scholarships to help students with the cost of tuition. Here are some scholarships that pertain directly to a graduate degree in counseling:

Catholic Educators Partner Program Scholarship

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 partners (Shiloh Christian School, Bismarck, ND).

For addional details, eligibility requirements and guidelines, or to apply please click the application link below.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Counseling Faculty