24 months
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
654 USD/credit 19620 USD/year
340 USD/credit 10200 USD/year
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Prepare to work with and advocate for students as a school counselor or in your own private practice, hospital or mental health counseling agency. The Counseling program at University of South Dakota prepares you for licensure and certification as a professional counselor.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Support Students and Clients in Any Situation

Counseling is about becoming a competent, ethical, reflective and culturally aware professional counselor. In this CACREP-accredited graduate program at USD, you'll learn how to make a difference in others' lives. Whether you choose to work in the P-K–12 school environment to support social and emotional learning or work in your own private practice, hospital or correctional facility. You will strengthen your sense of professional identity through training founded in social responsibility, self-awareness, diversity and inclusive excellence that prepares you to be an advocate for others.

Position yourself as an expert in the field of counseling with the Counseling program at University of South Dakota .

A degree that reflects your passions and sets you apart

USD's graduate degrees in are unique in that you can craft the program to fit your interests and career goals. You'll learn from supportive and expert faculty, and you'll also take classes from other departments across campus to expand your skillset and knowledge. All students engage in research and statistics coursework and benefit from the program's flexibility in course sequences and course selections.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Administration Of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Services
  • Family Therapy In Community Settings
  • Counseling Issues In Culture, Diversity, And Advocacy
  • Appraisal Procedures In Counseling
  • Diagnosis And Intervention In Counseling
  • Childhood Through Adulthood Psychopathology For Mental Health Professionals
  • Psychopharmacology For The Nonmedical Mental Health Professional
  • Career And Life Span Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Official Proof of English Proficiency
  • Official Transcripts - One official transcript (in English or with translation) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree or equivalent degree from an institution with regional accreditation and previous graduate credit and degrees must accompany an application.
  • Official Admission Test Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • You will need to submit a resume with your application.
  • Passport 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    19620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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