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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 USD prepares you for licensure and certification as a professional counselor.

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 Pre-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.


Degrees & Offerings

CPE: Counseling -- Clinical Mental Health (M.A.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

You'll learn how to advocate and provide therapy for a wide range of mental health needs, as well as crisis intervention skills. Along the way, you will form close mentorship with faculty that allows you to self-direct your program and develop mental health counseling expertise. The counseling programs prepare students for licensure and certification as professional counselors, educators and supervisors.

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CPE: Counseling -- School Counseling K-12 (M.A.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

Learn how to teach life and social skills, provide crisis support and be an advocate for students. The counseling programs prepare students for licensure and certification as professional counselors, educators and supervisors. Our comprehensive program includes a state-of-the-art training clinic and experienced faculty.

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Program Details





Graduate Admissions

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

DivisionS & Facilities

Explore the divisions, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in counseling and psychology in education.
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Counseling & Psychology in Education

We'll train students to make a difference and impact the lives of others as mental health counselors, school psychologists, or human development and educational professionals.

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Counseling & School Psychological Services Center

Community resources provided by supervised USD students.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Counseling Program.
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Daniel DeCino

Associate Professor
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Adam Hardy

Assistant Professor
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Tracie Ritz

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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.
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Discounted Tuition for South Dakota Teachers and Vocational Instructors

If you live in South Dakota, be sure and take advantage of the 50% reduced tuition program for currently contracted elementary/secondary teachers and vocational instructors.

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Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
GA (Resident*)
Tuition (1 cr.)
GAF Fee (1 cr.)

More About Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change and may vary depending on the program or department. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs page for more information.

* Graduate Assistant (GA) rates are available for resident, non-resident and online students.

** Resident rates may be available to you through the SD Advantage, Child of Alumni or Western Regional Graduate Program. To see if you quality, visit usd.edu/grad-tuition.

student success story

Success story Amanda Dalbey smiling.
This program has prepared me for counseling because of the clinic we have on campus. It has made it very easy to actually see what we are going to be doing day-to-day after I graduate.

Amanda Dalbey

M.A. Clinical Health

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