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: Addiction Counseling

Graduate degree; Master of Science

More than 40 million Americans ages 12 and older—or  about 1 in 7 people—have addiction involving nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs.* In the addiction counseling concentration of the M.S. in Counseling program, you will learn to provide treatment and guidance to individuals, groups, and families, affected by addictive behaviors.

With a master’s degree in counseling, focus in addiction counseling, you will be prepared to lead in clinical and direct practice in a variety of mental health, education, and human services settings.

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

*The National Institute on Drug Abuse

Addiction Counseling Program Highlights

Graduate counseling classes at the University of Mary meet two nights per week and are taught in seminar style, allowing for student participation and discussion. Graduates of the master’s program are prepared for professional credentialing and licensure as a Licensed Master Addiction Counselor (LMAC) in North Dakota.

  • Classes meet two nights per week, enabling you to continue working while earning your master’s degree in counseling.
  • Complete your master’s degree in counseling in as little as 20 months while continuing to work.
  • Gain hands-on practice in the field of addiction counseling through coursework, practicum, and an internship that is completed in a training site approved by the North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners.
  • Work closely in small classes with faculty who bring professional counseling experience to their classrooms.
  • Program faculty are members of the following organizations: North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners, North Dakota Coalition of Addiction Training Consortiums, and the North Dakota Addiction Counseling Association.
  • Develop ethical leadership skills in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.

Career Outlook for Addiction Counseling Majors

Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow rapidly in the years ahead, with a projected 31 percent increase from 2012 to 2022. Growth is expected as addiction and mental health counseling services are increasingly covered by insurance policies.*

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

Students seeking a MS in Counseling will study in a cohort format and begin the program in the fall semester of every year. Non-degree seeking students do not follow the cohort model.

In addition to the academic requirement of the program, Addiction Counseling students are required to complete a 100-hour supervised practicum (1st year of the program), and an 700 hour supervised internship (2nd year in the program). Students must complete 60 credits to graduate.

  • 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 533 Counseling Skills Lab I
  • COU 540 Career Counseling and Testing
  • COU 551 Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  • COU 555 ASAM Criteria
  • COU 560 Clinical Supervision
  • 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 633 Counseling Skills Lab II
  • COU 650 Family Counseling
  • COU 695 Internship
  • HUM 799 Graduate Studies Assessment

Addiction Counseling Track Courses

  • COU 600 Psychopharmacology
  • COU 602 Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • COU 604 Substance Abuse Counseling

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.

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.

Program Director (Fargo): Lisa Holter

Program Director (Bismarck): Rebecca Meidinger

Internship Director (Fargo): Aaron Suomala Folkerds

Internship Director (Bismarck): Jenise Wilson

Program Advisors: Lisa Holter, Rebecca Meidinger, Jenise Wilson, Aaron Suomala Folkerds

Bismarck campus: Rebecca Meidinger - [email protected] 

Fargo campus: Lisa Holter - [email protected]

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

Financial Aid/Scholarships