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. In our Master’s in Counseling degree program focused on Addiction Counseling, you will gain the counseling skills you need to make a real difference in people’s lives and in your community. Elevate your career by lifting up others.

At a Glance

Projected 10-year job growth for substance abuse 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. 

Cost per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

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

Career Paths

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Clinic Director
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Substance Abuse Educator

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 and oversight in mental health, education, and human services settings. When you graduate you will be prepared to earn professional credentialing and licensure as a Licensed Master Addiction Counselor (LMAC) in North Dakota.

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

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA equivalent of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale
  • Undergraduate major in Psychology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Education, or a closely related human services or healthcare field; or relevant work experience
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Complete an FBI Background Check
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Complete a 2 to 4 page Statement of Purpose. Please indicate why you are applying to the University of Mary's Graduate Counseling program, why you would like to become a counselor, and what you could contribute to our program.
  • Official transripts - Please mail the transcripts to the University of Mary at
    • Office of Graduate Admissions

      University of Mary

      7500 University Drive

      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? We’ll request your transcript for you! Contact your admissions representative today to learn more!

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.

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

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

  • Tuition: $590/credit
  • Application Fee: $45
  • Technology/Distance Learning Fee: $30/credit

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