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.

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. 

Cost 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.

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.

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 transcripts - 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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