Enhance your skills and continue to be a positive role model for students with a School Counseling Certificate from the University of Mary.

This blended program is tailored to support professionals working in the school counseling field. It offers the flexibility of in-person courses as well as interactive video conferencing options, enabling individuals from various locations in the region to fulfill the coursework necessary to achieve state certification and advance their career goals.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

9-10 Months
The usual school counselor contract varies between 9-10 months, allowing time for family and personal growth.

Program Length

15 credits/5 courses


  • In Person
  • Online
  • Blended

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Master’s level counselors who need to meet requirements for a school counseling credential/licensure.
  • Practitioners seeking to expand their skills and learn new techniques for working with elementary and secondary school students.

Career Paths

  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Middle School Counselor
  • High School Counselor

What You’ll Learn

  • Development and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs.
  • Skills to work with students in individual, group, and classroom settings.
  • Techniques for collaboration and consultation with other stakeholders and counseling professionals.
  • Relationship building tools for students and school staff.

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

View additional information regarding the accreditation of this program, including program statistics, objectives, data, and the counseling student handbook.

We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from institutionally accredited colleges and universities recognized by the US Dept. of Education and those with military or career and work experience. 

How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

  • Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
      • Have your transcripts sent to:
        Office of Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND 58504
      • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu.
  • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
    • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
    • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
  • Military experience can count towards a degree.
  • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
  • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

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