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Counseling (Counselor Education), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #905 (BCR) , ND,
The Counselor Educational program, accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), within the School of Education prepares counselors to work professionally with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds and in a variety of settings.


Program specializations are available in school counseling and in clinical mental health counseling at the master's degree level.

Review of application for master’s degree programs is once each year beginning after the application deadline of February 1. Students who are accepted into the school counseling degree program are required to start classes the following summer; Students who are accepted into the clinical mental health degree program have the option to begin classes in the following summer or the following fall.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research, Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Counseling Theory
  • Human and Family Development Across the Lifespan
  • Assessment Techniques
  • Career Counseling and Testing
  • Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • Social and Cultural Foundtions of Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis and Trauma in Counseling Practice

                          Detailed Programme Facts

                          • Programme intensity Full-time
                            • Full-time duration 24 months
                          • Languages
                            • English
                          • Delivery mode
                            On Campus

                          English Language Requirements

                          You only need to take one of these language tests:

                          • Minimum required score:


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                          Academic Requirements

                          You need the following GPA score:

                          Required score: 3

                          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                          General Requirements

                          • Qualified students may apply for admission to graduate programs in the School of Education leading to Master of Education (M.Ed.), or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees. In addition to the Graduate School’s required application materials, the M.Ed. and the M.S. programs require an essay discussing professional philosophy and professional goals, as well as an entrance interview.
                          • Admission is considered only after all required application materials have been received and reviewed. Where appropriate, all international student requirements must be met. If a program has a cohort group with enrollment limitations, an entrance interview will be required. 

                          Tuition Fee

                          • International

                            631 USD/credit
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 631 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                          • National

                            541 USD/credit
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 541 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                          • In-State

                            361 USD/credit
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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                          Living costs for Fargo

                          • 870 - 1260 USD/month
                            Living Costs

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