Follow Your (Com)passion

Do you want to build a rewarding career as an addictions counselor?

Our MPS in Addictions Counseling (ADDC) program:

  • welcomes both professionals who already hold an allied license and those just entering field.
  • uses a holistic application process and does not require a GRE score.
  • offers evening and online courses so you can find the schedule that works for you.
  • fulfills the education requirements to become a licensed Minnesota alcohol and drug counselor, so you’ll be ready to take the licensing exam.

Wherever you are on your professional journey, the ADDC degree can help you reach the next stage.


Steve Wicks


Our graduate enrollment advisor, Steve Wicks, is here to help.

Or you can call him at 612-301-6127

Interested in a Faster Path?

You could earn the ADDC degree in as quickly as five terms by opting into the ADDC Accelerated Cohort. The Accelerated Cohort is for students who can attend daytime, evenings, or weekend courses full-time, in both in-person and online. The cohort admits for fall start only, and if you're unable to take the courses as scheduled, you would simply be moved to the traditional ADDC program. 

Email Steve Wicks to learn more.

See Yourself Here, Be Yourself Here

Some of our students are in the field of counseling already, some are starting a new chapter. Others are embarking on their first career. And some of our students are in recovery themselves or have been affected by addiction. But they are all united by a common drive to help others.

Whatever draws you to the mental health arena, you will find a place in our program. While the coursework is rigorous, the classrooms are inviting, welcoming spaces where your personal insight and experience are valued.

We use a holistic application process and do not require a GRE score. 

Fall Application Deadline: March 1
Spring Application Deadline: October 1

Enter a Healthy Job Market


Predicted job growth between 2018-28*


The job growth for counselors is well above the average of 5% rate for all other professions. Those with a master’s degree will have even more opportunities because they have the required training and internship hours to offer more services and require less supervision. 

The job market is expected to be particularly good in rural areas or other communities that are underserved by mental health practitioners.


Bureau of Labor Statistics data for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors

Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health

Not sure if the MPS in Addictions Counseling is right for you? We also offer an Integrated Behavioral Health master's degree that will prepare you to become a licensed professional clinical counselor or a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.