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: School Counseling

Graduate degree; Master of Science

The school counseling concentration of the MS in Counseling program prepares students to meet the demands of comprehensive school counselors (classroom, group and individual counselors) within PK-12 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 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:

  • Classes meet two nights per week, enabling you to continue working while earning your master’s degree in counseling.
  • Complete your MS in counseling in as little as 20 months while continuing to work.
  • Gain hands-on real-world experience in the school system that you can apply directly to your career.
  • Small classes are led by world-class faculty who bring professional counseling experience to their classrooms and are members of North Dakota School Counselor Association (NDSCA), North Dakota Career Development Association (NDCDA), and American School Counselors Association (ASCA).
  • Develop ethical leadership skills in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.

Career Outlook: School Counselors

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

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, School Counseling students are required to complete a 100 hour supervised practicum during the first year of the program and a 600 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 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 633 Counseling Skills Lab II
  • COU 650 Family Counseling
  • COU 695 Internship
  • HUM 799 Graduate Studies Assessment

School Counseling Track Courses

  • COU 626 Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
  • COU 628 Professional Issues in School Counseling
  • COU 634 School Counseling Practices

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.

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.

For additional admission requirement details, please contact our admissions office at (800) 288-6279.

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

Financial Aid/Scholarships