Careers in Counseling

Develop your career in counseling.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselor positions are projected to increase by 25% between 2019 and 2029. This growing demand for counselors and therapists has created an opportunity for career-minded professionals who are also looking to give back and pay it forward.

At the University of North Dakota, we can help position you to make a bigger difference in your community — especially for those from historically underserved populations.

Focus your online Master of Arts in Counseling degree with one of four specialized tracks, and concentrate your studies on K-12 School Counseling, Addiction Counseling, Community Mental Health Counseling or Rehabilitation Counseling. If you already hold a master’s degree in either mental health counseling or community agency counseling, you can re-focus your career with our K-12 School Counseling Post-Graduate Certificate.

An advanced degree or certificate can help qualify you for more advanced roles and higher salaries* that include:

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
$47,660 (median)
$78,700 (top earners)

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School and Career Counselor
$60,510 (median)
$98,190 (top earners)

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Student Affairs Administrator
$97,500 (median)
$199,400 (top earners)

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*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics









Add depth to your career with an advanced
counseling degree.

The counseling field offers many opportunities to specialize your career in a way that can help you provide others with an outlet for personal growth. Whether you’re ready for a career shift or a step up, you can utilize your skills to gain a competitive advantage in multiple counseling roles.

Career advancers

You’ve dedicated your career to encouraging the safety and well-being of individuals, children and families in your community. And while a bachelor’s degree has helped you find your place in the counseling field, you understand that more can be done.

With a master’s degree or post-graduate certificate, you can further specialize your counseling career and help address mental health, substance abuse, addiction or domestic concerns that can prevent people from reaching their full potential. Help make an even bigger difference in the lives of those in your community.

Career changers

Moving into a new field can be challenging but worthwhile. As our society gains a greater understanding of the importance of mental health, more people will seek therapy from master’s-trained counselors who can provide insight and perspective to help them find personal and professional fulfillment.

This increased demand can provide new opportunities to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most. And through our online master’s in counseling or graduate certificate programs, you can prepare for a new career that is rewarding in ways you never imagined.

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