A Master of Science in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree will help you advance your career by providing you with the skills to help others overcome mental health challenges.

Quality counseling can help alleviate many common mental health issues and help people suffering from them to lead happier, more productive lives. Through our Master’s in Counseling program focused on Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you will gain the skills and credentials you need to help those facing serious challenges. It’s a meaningful way to take your career further and our blended classes make it possible.

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

Projected 10-year job growth for mental health counselors

Program Length

As little as 20 months, with our accelerated track


Mostly online with classes one time per week at our location in downtown Bismarck, ND or via online video conferencing. 

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Professionals seeking to gain the skills necessary to help others overcome mental health challenges
  • Professionals with high empathy and the ability to listen compassionately to others
  • Those looking for a career that helps people overcome challenges

Career Paths

  • Mental Health Counselor or Educator
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Mental Health Clinic Director
  • Policymaker

What You’ll Learn

In our Master of Science in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program, you’ll learn from scholar practitioners and gain the knowledge and experience you need to provide counseling services to those with mental health issues and/or lead programs aimed at improving the mental health of communities. Our program prepares you for professional credentialing and licensure as a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of 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.

 In addition, when you graduate, you’ll 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.
  • Demonstrate competent skill in psychological assessment and evaluation, treatment planning, and caseload management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in diagnostic practices using current diagnostic classification systems.

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. 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!

View the student handbook and practicum & internship manual for more information.

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.

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 requests to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu
    • 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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