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Master of Science in Clinical Counseling



Master of Science in Clinical Counseling

Be prepared to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Learn from seasoned educators and active practitioners. Know how to react to the differing needs of all people.

That’s what you’ll get with a master’s degree in clinical counseling from University of Jamestown.

  • Receive individual attention and advising
  • Work collaboratively with faculty
  • Form supportive, personal relationships with classmates in your cohort
  • Become knowledgeable in principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention
  • Receive focused clinical education and experiential training with a case-oriented learning approach

How the program works:

  • Online delivery designed to meet the needs of working professionals
  • Two in-person summer courses, each one week long, to meet ND licensure requirements
  • Two start options per year: January or August

Be Prepared

Our Clinical Counseling program prepares students to work in places such as mental health centers, hospitals, university counseling centers, the prison system, and more!

No Résumé Gaps. No Missed Family Time. No Worries.

You shouldn’t have to pause your life to advance your career. With no pre-testing requirements, you can get started right away with 24/7 access to our online classrooms, you can complete your coursework when it’s most convenient for you.

Practicum and Internship

During the second year of the program, students complete practicum and internship field experiences, to be determined between the student and their advisor. These hands-on experiences give students the opportunity to discover or confirm the types of counseling that most suit them and then begin conducting actual therapy with the benefit of support and supervision.

Partnership Program

Employees of businesses that partner with UJ receive a 10% discount on tuition for the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program.

  • Anne Carlsen Center
  • Bank of North Dakota
  • Bell Bank
  • Bethany Retirement Living
  • Family Wellness
  • Fargo Park District
  • First Care Health Center in Park River
  • Gate City Bank
  • Hospice of the Red River Valley
  • Integreon
  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center
  • Jeremiah Program
  • Make A Wish ND
  • ND State Hospital
  • NISC
  • Northwestern Bank
  • Prairie Staffing
  • Preference Employment Solutions
  • Sanford Health
  • South Central Human Services

Entering the Counseling Program

Who’s This Program For?

Professional counselors work as individuals with a lot of independence, and this program develops the skills needed to thrive in that kind of work environment. As such, this graduate-level program is a great fit for students who are self-motivated and energized by the challenge of a program that is both in-depth and fast-paced.

Admission Criteria

We do not require GRE or GMAT test scores.

Financial Aid

Cost OF Attendance 2019/2020

Cost Of Attendance 2020/2021

Tuition | Coursework

To earn the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling credential, students must complete 60 graduate credit hours, at $655 per credit, to complete the program.

Course Title (credits)
COUN 500 Orientation to the Profession (3)
COUN 510 Counseling Techniques (3) (1 week in person)
COUN 511 Counseling Theory (3)
COUN 512 Human Growth & Development (3)
COUN 513 Assessment Techniques (3)
COUN 514 Career Counseling & Testing (3)
COUN 515 Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues (3)
COUN 516 Social & Cultural Diversity (3)
COUN 518 Research Methods (3)
COUN 520 Group Counseling (3) (1 week in person)
COUN 523 Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (3)
Course Title (credits)
COUN 530 Trauma, Sexual Functioning & Abuse (3)
COUN 531 Counseling Children & Adolescents (3)
COUN 533 Couples, Marital & Family Counseling (3)
COUN 534 Addiction Counseling: Treatment & Contemporary (3)
COUN 535 Crisis Counseling (3)
COUN 580 Practicum (3)
COUN 581 Thesis (3)
COUN 582 Internship A & B (6)

Total Credits Required: 60

Courses run eight weeks, and students take two at a time. University of Jamestown’s program is designed to equip students to be effective, resilient counselors in the real world, including being well-versed in trauma and crisis counseling. Throughout all courses, students have extensive opportunities to interact with instructors and classmates.

University of Jamestown is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


This M.S. in Clinical Counseling program prepares students to meet the requirements for licensure in North Dakota as a licensed associate professional counselor (LAPC). The requirements for that designation include three main components, all of which this program covers:

  1. Completion of specific coursework: This program’s 60-credit-hour curriculum meets the criteria set by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
  2. Practical experience: This program includes practicum and internship experiences that total the 700 hours required.
  3. Successful completion of an exam: This program includes extensive preparation for passing the National Counselor Examination (NCE).

After completing this program, students typically practice as an LAPC for one year to satisfy the requirements for the second level of licensure in North Dakota, that of licensed professional counselor (LPC). This program also prepares students to go on to earn the third and highest level of certification in North Dakota, that of licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC).

Since North Dakota’s licensure requirements are amongst the most stringent in the United States, University of Jamestown’s program also successfully prepares students who wish instead to become licensed in another state.

Committed to helping you succeed — both in and out of the classroom.

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