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Graduate Counseling & Human Development – Rapid City Campus

BHSU-Rapid City Building

About the Graduate Program

  • The program leads to a Master’s of Science or Master’s of Education degree with preparation for licensure.
  • Class Format – Classes meet 1 night a week, Monday–Thursday, 4:30-7:20 p.m. or 7:30-10:10 p.m.
  • Full time faculty – 2; Adjunct Faculty – 8
  • Faculty members are fully licensed counselors in their respective areas and practicing in the community.
  • Students attend full (9 credits) or part-time (6 credits) and the program takes 2-4 years, depending on individual attendance.
  • Summer classes – include required and elective classes on a rotating schedule.  
  • Admission to the counseling program requirements include the following:
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75
    • Completed application form
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A goals statement
    • An official transcript
    • Background check
    • $35 application fee



The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). All students are prepared to take a state licensure or national certification exam in their preparation area. Our students have a very successful pass rate on the National Counselor Exam (NCE).

Counseling and Human Development website - Graduate - CHRD-Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Admissions Information

  1. Applicant Applies to the Graduate School prior to the CHRD deadline. 
  2. Applicant Applies to the CHRD Program:
    1. Resume
    2. A one page, typed goal statement explaining your aspirations and goals for the counseling/student affairs profession.
    3. Disclosure Form
    4. CHRD Recommendation Form
      1. You will need two recommendation forms.
  3. Faculty Review Applicant’s File
  4. Admission Interview
  5. State/Federal Background Check
  6. Final Admissions Decision
    1. NOTE: Students must register for classes within one year after acceptance date or will need to reapply to the Graduate School and reapply/re-interview with the CHRD Program.

Ready to begin the next phase for your career?

  • Spring application date is: October 1
  • Fall application date is: April 1

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