Career Services Welcome

Career Services Mission


Career  Services recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and that each student has a specific vocation or calling. Career Services facilitates students in discovering their passion by exploring their interests, skills, and values while also providing them with the tools, knowledge, resources, and guidance to assist them in actualizing their professional goals.


Testing Services

Scope of Services

Career Services provides testing services to its students, alumni, and community members. Two standardized testing options are available for students to earn college credit for knowledge already learned: College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The CLEP exam allows students the opportunity to receive college credit for knowledge already learned. Students may CLEP up to 45 credits toward their degree. CLEP credits do not count toward a student's overall GPA.


The CLEP test is offered at the University of Mary on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Test-takers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled time. Individuals arriving less than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time will not be allowed to test. CLEP tests are computer-based and administered in the Welder Library. List of  CLEP testing datesThe CLEP credit card lists available CLEP tests and their equivalent University of Mary course for which students can receive credit.




Note: CLEP study materials are available at the main campus (Career Services Office). Students can also visit the InstantCert website  for additional resources.




The DSST program, similar to CLEP, allows students to gain credit for knowledge they have already learned. DSST offers 37 unique tests across many disciplines. Students are awarded credits which count toward their degree but do not affect their GPA. Students may test out of up to 45 credits toward their degree.


DSST tests are offered on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Mary main campus. Test-takers are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled test. Individuals arriving less than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time will not be allowed to test. DSST tests are computer based and given in the Welder Library. A DSST Candidate Information Bulletin may be downloaded by clicking here. The DSST credit card lists available DSST tests and their equivalent University of Mary course for which students can receive credit. Please note that DSST will be offered on the same days as CLEP (see above).


There are two separate fees required for DSST test-takers. A $25 administrative fee, made payable to the University of Mary, must be paid at the time of registration with Career Services. This fee reserves a student’s spot to take the DSST! Please register one week prior to the desired test date. Additionally, the DSST testing fee is $100 and must be paid online via credit card prior to beginning the test. For frequently asked DSST questions, click here.



Other resources


To learn about tests not previously mentioned or to inquire about additional testing times, the following sites may be helpful:

   •   Bismarck State College Testing Center: (701) 224-5658

   •   Sylvan Learning Center: (701) 223-0010

   •   Pearson Professional Centers: (701) 223-8737

Career Planning (FOCUS 2)

 FOCUS 2 On-line Career Assessment Tool 

FOCUS is a self-paced, online career andeducation planning tool for use by college students. Focus is designed to assist students in understanding more about themselves by examining their interests, values, skills, and personality which will facilitate their choice of an appropriate major and in clarifying career goals. Focus also provides valuable occupational information.

Getting started with Focus:

· First time users: Create a new account

· Use the following ACCESS CODE when prompted: umary

· Returning users: Log on to account
          (using the account you have already created)

What if I have questions?

If you'd like to discuss your FOCUS-2 results, or if you want to discuss your interests, skills, values or personality style in general, please contact Kevin Allan, Director of Career and Testing Services at 355.8050 or


For more information on what the FOCUS-2 assessment can do for you, see this presentation.

Career Services Contact Information

Campus Location:      Welder Library (Main Floor)
Phone:(701) 355.8050

Fax: (701) 255.7687


Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address:

University of Mary

Career Services
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504
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Message from the Director of Career Services

Kevin Allan, M.S., LPC, NCC

Director of Career and Testing Services

Have you started making plans about your future? Well, now is the time!
We can help you with the age-old questions, "What are you going to major in?" or, "What are you going to be when you grow up?"

It doesn't matter what year you are in school. At every step of the way, you can be doing many valuable things to prepare yourself for your transition into the world of work or graduate/professional school. The  Career Roadmap was designed specifically for the purpose of providing a blueprint for students of things to do each year while in school to be successful.

It's important because, each year, more than 100 employers actively recruit University of Mary students by attending career fairs, information sessions, on-campus interviews, post openings on the career services website, classroom presentations, and other events.

Employers are impressed with University of Mary graduates because of their strong academic background, leadership skills, and commitment to community service.

Career and Testing Services is here to help you with all aspects of your career development -- from exploring career options to securing a job or graduate school placement.

We have many tools and resources which can make your career planning not only a success but a positive and rewarding experience. These resources focus on self exploration and personal assessment, major exploration, occupational research, salary surveys, employer research, market and labor analysis, and graduate/professional school research.

Remember the journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step. Explore your options here online or stop in and visit with our staff at our offices at Benedictine Center Lower Level 603A (701-355-8050).