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. 

Tuition 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

Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes. The preferred application date for the fall semester is March 1st with the final application deadline of July 1st.

Upon receiving candidacy, you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program:

  • 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.
  • Official transcripts -  Your official transcripts and any test scores that may be required by your program to be sent to the university. Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • 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.

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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