Create positive change in your community and beyond with a rewarding career as a professional
Build a strong foundation for making a difference in your community. An M.A. in Counseling
from UND will prepare you to become a skilled practitioner in the field.
On Campus or Online
Est. time to complete:
60 - 66 dependent on track
Why earn a master's degree in counseling?
On-campus Track Application Deadlines
Mar. 15th* | Aug. 1st
Mar. 15th* | May 1st
*denotes priority application deadline
Online Track Application Deadlines
UND's graduate degree program in counseling uses a training model anchored in the
science of psychology, emphasizing both evidence-based practices and multicultural
competence. The M.A. program focus on theoretical understanding and includes seminar-style classes
and advanced level reading and writing. It also offers opportunities to develop professional practice skills in our on-campus
multi-disciplinary clinic and through community-based counseling internships.
Specialized Counseling Master's Programs
UND offers a variety of options so you can tailor your M.A. in Counseling to fit your
specific interests. Combining a broad theoretical foundation with extensive training
in practitioner skills, the counseling program offers online and on-campus tracks.
Students with a specialization in School Counseling will be trained to work with K-12
students regarding social emotional, career, and academic counseling and interventions.
Students will also learn how to collaborate successfully with students' families,
school staff, and community stakeholders to facilitate a positive school community.
Students with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling will be trained to use
their clinical knowledge to serve community members with disabilities. They may benefit
from vocational counseling, vocational evaluation, veterans care, addictions rehabilitation,
geriatric care, end of life care, transition age youth services, and mental health
counseling to enhance community inclusion, well-being, and independence.
Community Mental Health Counseling
Students with a specialization in Community Mental Health Counseling will be trained
to meet the needs of individuals across their lifespan. They'll successfully help
treat individuals, couples, and families. Students will be trained to counsel individuals
presenting with a range of concerns, from conventional stressors, to anxiety, depression,
trauma, crises, chronic mental health concerns, and more.This track meets the educational requirements for a Licensed Associate Counselor in
North Dakota, Minnesota and other states.
Addictions Counseling students will be trained to work effectively with people in
the community who are managing behavioral and/or substance-related addictions. These
students will engage in practical work in the addictions field to effectively assess
and treat those who are in the process of recovery. This track meets the educational
licensure requirements for an Addictions Counselor in North Dakota and other states.
Child and Adolescent Counseling
Child and Adolescent Counseling students will be trained to work with clients across
the lifespan but focus their studies on learning the skills and techniques needed
to effectively counsel children and adolescents. Students will complete practical
work with children and adolescents, and learn how to collaborate with family members,
and others who are important in the lives of the youth they are working with.
An M.A. in Counseling from UND prepares you for a fulfilling career as a counselor
in a range of settings, including:
Mental health centers
Addiction treatment clinics
Family service organizations
A Counseling master's degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
Mental health counseling
Master's Degree in Counseling Courses
COUN 520. Diagnostic and Prevention Strategies in Counseling. 3 Credits.
This course will focus on the assessment and diagnosis of individual psychiatric disorders as defined by classification systems such as the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (lCD). Understanding of defined diagnostic disorders relative to the helping context will be emphasized. Knowledge of cultural concerns associated with classification systems will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the following: assessment strategies designed to promote healthy human functioning; prevention strategies that focus on organizational/community/social justice advocacy; and the impact of diagnostic and prevention strategies on human functioning and wellness across the life span. F,S,SS.
COUN 529. Dynamics of Addiction. 3 Credits.
The course emphasizes the addiction and recovery process including vulnerability factors, diagnosis and treatment, and relapse prevention of addiction disorders for individuals and families. Shared characteristics of behavioral and chemical addictions, addiction theory, research, and policy will be addressed. F,S,SS.
COUN 530. Theories of Counseling, Personality and Development. 3 Credits.
Study and analysis of counseling interventions based on different theoretical models, emphasizing personality and human development. Course involves viewing videotapes of simulated or actual counseling sessions, role-play demonstrations, and role played practice of various theoretically based counseling interventions. F,S,SS.
COUN 531. Psychology of Women, Gender and Development. 3 Credits.
This course presents current research and trends in development theory, particularly theories pertaining to the psychological development of women and men. Issues such as abuse, ageism, depression, eating disorders, emotional experience and expression, heterosexism, feminism, and multiculturalism will be examined as related to the practice of psychology. Learning methods include writing, music, film, group discussion and creative projects. On demand.
COUN 532. Multicultural Counseling. 4 Credits.
This course offers an introduction to counseling theories and interventions appropriate for American ethnic and non-ethnic minority clients. The values suppositions of various cultural groups will be examined. In-class group experience is included. F,S,SS.
COUN 533. Couples And Family Counseling. 3 Credits.
Prerequisite: COUN 510 or consent of instructor.
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