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: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduate degree; Master of Science

The clinical mental health concentration of the M.S. in Counseling program prepares students to provide professional counseling services within a clinical or family-based practice setting. Graduates of the program are prepared for professional credentialing and licensure as clinical mental health counselors (LAPC, LPC, and LPCC) in the state of North Dakota.

At the University of Mary, you can complete your Master of Science degree in counseling as an evening program at our satellite campus locations in Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Highlights

Earn your master’s degree in counseling in an affordable program at a private, Catholic university. The graduate counseling program at the University of Mary offers the flexibility you need to complete your graduate degree, as well as unique opportunities to gain real-world experience and skills that will enhance your career: 

  • Classes meet two nights per week, allowing you to continue working while earning your master’s degree in counseling.
  • Our accelerate program gives you the opportunity to complete your master’s degree in as little as 20 months.
  • Graduates of the master’s program are prepared for professional credentialing and licensure as LAPC, LPC, and LPCC in the state of North Dakota.
  • Internships are completed in a community-based setting that provides mental health, individual, and family counseling.
  • Small classes are led by world-class faculty who bring professional counseling experience to their classrooms and are members of North Dakota Counseling Association (NDCA), North Dakota Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NDACES), and North Dakota Mental Health Counselors Assocation (NDMHCA).
  • Develop skills you can apply to your career and everyday life through a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.

Career Outlook: Mental Health Counselors

It is anticipated that employment of mental health counselors will grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, making clinical mental health counseling an excellent option for graduate study. Growth is expected as more people have mental health counseling services covered by their 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 and may register for courses as needed.

In addition to the academic requirements of the MS in Counseling program, Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are required to complete a 100 hour supervised practicum during the first year of the program and a 700 hour supervised internship during the second year of the program.

Students must complete 60 credits to graduate, including the following course requirements:

  • 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 542 Advanced Diagnostic Skills
  • COU 551 Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  • 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

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track Courses

  • COU 600 Psychopharmacology
  • COU 640 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • COU 645 Child and Adolescent Counseling

The admission requirements for Mary's graduate counseling programs are posted at the bottom of the Master of Science in Counseling program page

Contact our admissions office at 800-288-6279 if you have any questions about Mary's admission requirements.

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 clinical mental health counseling track, you might also be interested in the following MS in Counseling programs offered at the University of Mary:

Financial Aid/Scholarships