Why earn a master's degree in counseling at UND?

On-campus Track Application Deadlines
August 1st
May 1st


Online Track Application Deadlines
August 1st
December 1st
May 1st

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 counseling program offers opportunities to develop professional practice skills in our on-campus multi-disciplinary clinic and through community-based counseling internships.

Counseling Specializations

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.

On-Campus Tracks

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Community Mental Health Counseling
  • Child Adolescent Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling

Online Tracks

K-12 School Counseling: Students with a specialization in School Counseling will be trained to meaningfully and effectively 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 positive school community.

*The online M.A.in Counseling (K-12 School Counseling Emphasis) program is accredited by CAEP, Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices for School Counselor Competencies (ESPB).   

Rehabilitation Counseling: Students with a specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling will be trained to use their clinical knowledge to serve community members with disabilities who 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 the lifespan to successfully help treat individuals, couples, and families. Students will be trained to effectively counsel individuals presenting with a wide range of concerns, from conventional stressors, to anxiety, depression, trauma, crises, chronic mental health concerns, and more.  

Addictions Counseling: 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.

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 in this specialization will complete practical work with children and adolescents to gain valuable experience in this area, and learn how to collaborate with family members, and others who are important in the lives of the youth they are working with. 

Whichever track you choose, you'll prepare for a dynamic career as a counselor. Our counseling graduates work in mental health centers, rehabilitation offices, addiction treatment clinics, family service organizations and more.

Counseling M.A. Overview

  • Work with the Rural Psychology Integrated Care program that responds to the mental and behavioral needs of residents.

  • Take on an internship with a local agency in your area of interest.

  • Train at the Northern Prairie Community Clinic, providing in-office and tele-counseling to patients.

  • Conduct in-depth and influential scholarship in the completion of your independent study or scholarly project.

  • Learn from a diverse faculty with doctoral degrees and extensive experience teaching counseling graduate students.

Careers as a Counselor


Median salary of school and career counselors

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Anticipated job growth for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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
  • Rehabilitation offices
  • Addiction treatment clinics
  • Family service organizations
  • K-12 schools

A Counseling degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Crisis Intervention

UND Counseling Major Alumni

Counseling alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Fulton County Schools
  • Sheridan Co. School District 1
  • The Shopper, Inc.
  • Adapt, Inc.
  • Altru Hospice

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