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

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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