Master of Science in Clinical Counseling

Counselors work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders.

The University of Jamestown is committed to developing conscientious, professionally skilled counselors who are responsive to the needs and individual differences of all people. Our Clinical Counseling program can prepare you to integrate knowledge and skills into a career as a successful professional counselor.

MS in Clinical Counseling Bulletin
The Clinical Counseling program prepares students to work in mental health settings such as:

  • mental health centers
  • hospitals
  • university counseling centers
  • substance abuse centers
  • residential treatment centers
  • private practice

Our students are led by seasoned educators and active practitioners, offering students focused clinical education and experiential training with a case-oriented learning approach. Graduates are knowledgeable in principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention. You will receive the mentoring and instruction to aid you in success. Throughout the program students are able to work collaboratively with faculty while developing counseling skills. Our students develop competencies in diagnosis and assessment, evidence-based counseling/psychotherapy techniques, group processes, cultural diversity, development, crisis management, marriage and family counseling, addiction and career counseling.

The University of Jamestown Clinical Counseling program prepares graduates to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Dakota.

The following are required for admission to the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program:
The University of Jamestown must receive all information by the application deadline of May 15 for the following fall semester. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  1. Complete the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling application – online application
  2. Acceptable GRE score. University of Jamestown does not have a minimum GRE requirement. University of Jamestown GRE Code 6318.
  3. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  4. It is recommended that applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  5. Each candidate will be required to complete a successful face-to-face interview.
  6. Applicants will be required to provide two recommendations: one recommendation from a professional source and one recommendation from a current or previous faculty/advisor.
    Reference Form
  7. Applicants will be required to write an essay that addresses their reasons for pursuing a graduate degree and what value they see in further education. The essay should be approximately 500 words.
    Personal Essay
  8. Mail your official transcript(s) to the address below.

    Office of Admissions
    6081 College Lane
    Jamestown, ND 58405

  9. Fill out this form indicating who can have access to your student records.
    Student Records Release Form

All applicants chosen will be required to attend a face-to-face interview in the spring prior to beginning the program at the University of Jamestown campus. All costs associated with this interview are the responsibility of the applicant.

The University of Jamestown Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Program gives preference to University of Jamestown graduates. Please note that UJ graduates are not required to complete the GRE.

International students please go to the following link for additional international requirements for acceptance to the University of Jamestown:

The University of Jamestown reserves the right to rescind an admissions decision due to various circumstances deemed appropriate by the University; including, but not limited to personal behavior and social conduct that may poorly reflect the University of Jamestown values.

Program Director
Jennifer Lipetzky, PhD, LPCCAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD Psychology, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in North Dakota
More information about the program director.

Certifications/Degrees: BS in Psychology from the University of Jamestown, MS in Psychology from North Dakota State University, PhD in Psychology from North Dakota State University

Tuition: $655/credit hour
Books and Supplies: $250/semester

To be eligible, the graduate student must:

  • Not be receiving aid as an undergraduate for the same period of enrollment.
  • Have completed the equivalent of at least three academic years of full time study either before entrance into the program or as part of it.
  • File Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if “Federal Direct” loan is desired (

The following types of financial aid are available:

  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • $20,500/year unsubsidized (subject to Cost of Attendance)
  • Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Alternative educational loans
  • Outside scholarships

Alternative / Private Education Loan Program

Private alternative loans should be utilized only after all other financial aid resources have been exhausted. Students have the right to select an eligible lender and the University of Jamestown will process the request in compliance with federal and institutional packaging guidelines. Students are encouraged to check the lender’s value and benefits, fees, interest rates, repayment options, and customer service. The University of Jamestown maintains a list of alternative/private educational loan lenders through which we have processed loans in the past five years and that are currently offering private educational loans. Students are free to select a private loan program that is not on this list. If a student chooses to borrow from a private loan program, the choice of a lender or loan program is entirely the choice of the student.

Financial Aid Policies, Disclosures & Guidelines
Return of Title IV Funds Policy & Disclosure Statement Masters Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines
Questions? Concerns?

Our financial aid department is staffed with experts who are eager to answer your questions and help you through the process. They can be reached at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5556.

Amy Myers
Associate Director of Financial Aid

701-252-3467 ext. 5568