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.

Master of Science in Counseling Evening Program

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

The mission of the University of Mary’s Graduate Counseling program is to develop competent counselors and servant leaders in the mental health field through advanced study and emphasis on professional identity, appreciation for diversity, ethical and reflective practice, and evidence based intervention. Here are some of the great program highlights for the MS in Counseling program:

  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, 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 and 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 100%) and additional degree work, including a Ph.D., should you choose to continue your education.

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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
  • Private Practice

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

Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for admission.  The Graduate Counseling program is committed to attracting, enrolling, and retaining a diverse group of students.  The counseling program openly welcomes both students and faculty of diverse backgrounds and worldviews.

The Graduate Counseling Department will admit full-time students for the fall terms only. Students are encouraged to apply by March 1st of the year in which they hope to start the program, in order to be considered for early admission. Final application deadline is July 1st.  The program will interview students until the full cohort size is achieved. 

Requirements 

  • Complete an Application for Admission (online)
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education, Social Work, Criminal Justice, or a closely related Human Service field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendation
  • Submit all official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts
  • Complete a Child Abuse and Neglect Check
  • Complete a FBI Background Check
  • Complete a 2 to 4 page Statement of Purpose. Please indicate why you are applying to the University of Mary’s Graduate Counseling program, why you would like to become a counselor, and what you could contribute to our program.
  • Complete a face-to-face interview with the Graduate Counseling Department.

Non-degree Seeking Admission

The Graduate Counseling Department will consider non-degree seeking student applications on a case by case basis. Students who do not possess a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely related field may be ineligible to enroll in certain courses (Program Director’s discretion).  Students may apply at any time.

Non-degree Seeking Requirements

  • Complete an Application for Admission (online)
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education, Social Work, Criminal Justice, or a closely related Human Service field
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit all official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts
  • Submit a 1 page Statement of Purpose, indicating what course or courses you would like to take and how these courses will assist you in reaching personal or professional goals.
  • Complete a face-to-face interview with the Graduate Counseling Program Director and/or Coordinator.
  • Depending on the course/s a student is interested in enrolling, you may need to complete the Child Abuse and Neglect Check and the FBI Background Check (consult with Program Director)

Note: Non-degree students will be required to follow the same academic policies as the traditional (full-time) students.

Students who do not meet one or more of the above requirements may be considered for admission, upon careful review of their undergraduate transcripts, professional/work experiences, and in-person interview.*

For additional admission requirements, please contact Lisa Holter at 701-353-3189, Rebecca Meidinger at 701-355-8099, 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.

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 once accepted into the program. 

All courses are taught face-to-face (in the classroom) during fall/spring semester. Select courses are taught over HIPPA compliant Zoom software in a synchronous format, during the summer semesters.

Academic advisors review student progress each semester in an individual, 60-minute meeting. Students complete a Semester Progress Evaluation document each semester (5 semesters total), and utilize the feedback provided on the StudentCompetency & Disposition Form by each instructor during every semester. Once students are enrolled in practicum and internship, clinical supervisor evaluations are also reviewed during the Semester Progress Evaluation meetings. Student performance concerns are discussed during scheduled monthly Counseling Department meetings, special meetings, or through consultation with Counseling Program Chair. Students may be placed on an Improvement Plan, if their academic progress, clinical skills, professional dispositions, or interpersonal skills are lacking.

At a minimum, students who are enrolled in the MS in Counseling program must complete the following:

  1. Pass each course with a B- (80%) or above.
  2. Pass COU 590 Practicum and COU 695 Internship courses, as evidence by passing scores on supervisor evaluations.
  3. Successfully pass the CPCE examination.
  4. Successfully complete a Professional Counseling portfolio.
  5. Met ethical and professional standards (based on the ACA Code of Ethics) and measured by successful progress on the Semester Progress Evaluations.
  6. Students must not engage in conduct deemed illegal, under federal, state, or local laws or in violation of the rules and regulations of the University of Mary or in violation of the rules and regulations of the facility in which the conduct took place.

Program Outcomes/Objectives

To educate ethical and service oriented professional counselors in a collegial learning environment that will foster competence in:

  • Effective communication and relationships
  • Critical thinking, analysis and decision making
  • Leadership development in profession and community
  • Self-understanding, growth and enrichment
  • Integration of Christian and Benedictine values with professional ethics
  • Culturally sensitive practice

 

Spring 2018 Graduates
Bismarck Campus
# of Graduates (fall 2016 cohort) 16 degrees conferred during spring of 2018 or summer 2018
CPCE Pass Rate 100% (all concentrations combined)
NCE Pass Rate 100% (all concentrations combined)
Licensure Exam Pass Rate 100% (all concentrations combined)
Program Completion Rate Addiction Counseling: 1/2
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 8/8
School Counseling: 7/8
Employment Rate of Graduates Addiction Counseling: 1 (100%)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 8/8 (100%)
School Counseling: 6 (86%)

 

Spring 2018 Graduates
Fargo Campus
# of Graduates (fall 2016 cohort) 14 degrees conferred during spring of 2018
CPCE Pass Rate 100% (all concentrations combined)
NCE Pass Rate 100% (all concentrations combined)
Licensure Exam Pass Rate 100% (all concentrations combined)
Program Completion Rate Addiction Counseling: 4/4
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 6/6
School Counseling: 4/4
Employment Rate of Graduates Addiction Counseling: 4/4 (100%)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 5/6 (83%)
School Counseling: 2/3 (67%)

 

Program Chair: Dr. Julijana Nevland

Program Director (Fargo): Lisa Holter

Program Director (Bismarck): Rebecca Meidinger

Internship Director (Fargo): Aaron Suomala Folkerds

Internship Director (Bismarck): Jenise Wilson

Program Advisors: Dr. Julijana Nevland, Lisa Holter, Rebecca Meidinger, Jenise Wilson, Aaron Suomala Folkerds

Bismarck campus: Rebecca Meidinger - [email protected] 

Fargo campus: Lisa Holter - [email protected]

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.