Earn your Master of Science in Counseling, School Counseling degree to positively influence the lives of students in PK-12 school settings.

From anxiety to bullying to trouble with learning to indecisiveness about the future, counseling can make a great impact on school-age children and teens, as they learn and thrive. Our Master’s in Counseling focused on School Counseling will give you the skills you need to make a positive impact in students’ lives. With our blended courses — mostly online with one evening class per week — working adults are able to earn their master’s and expand their careers.

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

Median annual wage for school and career 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 who want to counsel students on a variety of issues in an educational setting
  • Professionals who want to work with children and/or teens
  • Aspiring counselors who want to deal with issues as diverse as mental health and career planning

Career Paths

  • School Counselor
  • Community Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • School Administrator
  • District Administrator

What You’ll Learn

Designed for those who want to provide counseling in pre-kindergarten through high school settings, our Master of Science in Counseling, School Counseling degree is taught by faculty who are experienced practitioners and provides advanced lessons you can apply to the comprehensive demands of school counseling and beyond. Our program prepares you to be a credentialed school counselor and licensed educator 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.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with students.
  • Apply critical thinking, analysis, and strong decision-making to a variety of challenges.
  • Offer a culturally sensitive approach.
  • Demonstrate leadership in your profession and community.
  • Exhibit the ability for self-understanding, growth, and personal enrichment.
  • Integrate Catholic and Benedictine values with professional ethics.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling program components.
  • Describe the school counselor’s role as leader, advocate, and system change agent when working in collaboration in the P-12 school setting.

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 request 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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