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

School counseling professionals will benefit from this 15-credit, blended program designed for working practitioners. Courses are offered through an interactive video conferencing program, allowing individuals from across the region to complete the coursework required to meet 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


  • 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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Mary’s Graduate Counseling program is to develop competent counselors and servant leaders in the school, addiction, and clinical mental health field, through advanced study and emphasis on professional identity, appreciation for diversity, ethical and reflective practice, evidence-based intervention, and value-driven education.

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? 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
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose – one-page essay describing why you want to enroll in this program, how the Benedictine values help guide your practice, and what skills and experiences you will bring to the cohort.

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