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: 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 downtown Bismarck, Fargo, and Watford City, 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, enabling you to continue working while earning your master’s degree in counseling.
  • Accelerated program enables you to complete your master’s degree in counseling in as little as 20 months.
  • 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.
  • The curriculum integrates Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values to develop strong, ethical leaders.

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

  • 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

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 Dr. Julijana Nevland at 701-355-8014 or 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.

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:

Counseling Faculty

Financial Aid/Scholarships