Master of Science in Counseling, Addiction Counseling

Earn a Master of Science in Counseling, Addiction Counseling in our blended program to take your career further by devoting it to assisting others in overcoming addiction.

In a nation where one in seven people over the age of 12 suffer from some form of addiction, counselors capable of guiding people to a better, healthier life are needed now more than ever. Our Master’s in Counseling, Addiction Counseling degree program is offered in two different delivery methods. In each format, you will gain the counseling skills and knowledge you need to make a real difference in people’s lives and in your community. Elevate your career by lifting up others.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
After acceptance to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

23%
Projected 10-year job growth for substance abuse counselors

Program Length

As little as 20 months

Format

  • Blended, mostly online with in-person classes one night per week at our location in downtown Bismarck
  • Online with video conferencing
  • All students participate in an on-campus residency at our main campus in Bismarck, ND for one week during the summer semester

Tuition per Credit

$590

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Professionals seeking to gain the skills necessary to help others overcome addiction
  • Compassionate individuals looking to help those with substance use disorders

Career Paths

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Prevention Specialist

What You’ll Learn

Focused on the best strategies for helping those struggling with substance use disorders overcome their challenges, our Master of Science in Counseling, Addiction Counseling gives you the skills and hands-on field experience you need to become a professional counselor and/or provide important addiction-related services. When you graduate, you will be prepared to seek professional credentialing and licensure as a Licensed Master Addiction Counselor (LMAC) in North Dakota. If you reside in or would like to be licensed in a different state, please contact our admission representatives to discuss how our program can meet licensure requirements in your state.

You will also be prepared to:

  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with patients.
  • Apply critical thinking, analysis, and strong decision-making to a variety of challenges.
  • Offer a culturally sensitive practice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in your profession and community.
  • Exhibit the ability for self-understanding, growth, and personal enrichment.
  • Integrate Christian and Benedictine values with professional ethics.

Program Details

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!
  • Blended, mostly online with in-person classes one night per week at our location in downtown Bismarck
  • Online with video conferencing
  • All students participate in an on-campus residency at our main campus in Bismarck, ND for one week during the summer semester
For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

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.

  • Tuition: $590/credit
  • Application fee: $45
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit

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

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the graduate program. The preferred application date for the fall semester is March 1 with the final application deadline of July 1.

  • Official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to candidates with a degree in Psychology, Education, Social Work, Criminal Justice, or a closely related human service field.
  • When submitting your official transcripts:
    • You can request transcripts at most schools 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 [email protected]
    • Graduated from the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two references (include contact information as part of the application)
  • Two to four-page Statement of Purpose indicating why you are applying to the University of Mary’s graduate Counseling program; why you would like to become a counselor; how the Benedictine values will shape your education and future work; and what you could contribute to our program. 

Selected candidates will interview with the counseling program faculty. After all admissions materials have been submitted and an interview has been conducted, an admissions decision will be made. Students who do not meet one or more of the above requirements may be considered for admission, upon careful review of their transcripts, professional/work experiences, and in-person interview. If offered admission, background checks will be required prior to beginning the program.

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