Congratulations on taking the next step in your graduate education! This page will help you submit a complete application to the Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling or the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health.
- Fall Semester Application Deadline: March 1
- Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 1
First, access the online application. (In the application, select University of Minnesota Twin Cities, College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Addictions Counseling MPS or Integrated Behavioral Health MPS)
All required application materials must be electronically attached to your application.
- Professional statement: Two to three pages, double-spaced. Your statement should include:
- your professional goals and how this degree will help you reach them and your motivation to pursue a career as an addictions counselor, mental health counselor, or co-occurring disorders counselor.
- academic and professional experience you have that prepares you to succeed in this program; this could include research or professional experience, or leadership or collaboration in volunteer, research, academic work, or other activities.
- your strengths and growth edges; for example, mention specific skills that will help you succeed in this program and a career as an addictions counselor, mental health counselor, or co-occurring disorders counselor; how you have learned from past challenges; or what areas of growth are you currently working on.
- specific examples of your use of collaboration, conflict management, empathy, or appropriate communication.
- licensing requirements for counselors include multicultural competency. How does your lived experience inform your understanding of the skills necessary to work in the field of addictions, mental health, and co-occurring disorders counseling? Elaborate on your experiences or insights into how multicultural competency has shown up or will show up in your work.
- Extenuating Circumstances statement: One page. Required if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. You may also submit this statement if there are other areas of your academic record that you would like to address.
- Briefly describe what impacted your academic performance.
- Explain how circumstances have changed and what new supports or strategies you will use to meet the demands of graduate school, like time management, self-care, etc.
- Review the professional statement prompts and make sure your statement addresses all of them.
- Use professional discretion and intention when disclosing personal details.
- Allow time for multiple drafts.
- Have at least one person review it and give feedback.
- Avoid listing all activities from your resume/CV or application in narrative form.
- Express yourself authentically: avoid cliched or overly formal language.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required.
The best letters come from instructors who know you and your academic work, or from employers or supervisors that have knowledge of: your interest in addictions counseling, mental health counseling, or co-occurring disorders counseling; ability to work in the field; or transferable skills that are relevant for completing this program. The more the recommendation reflects real knowledge of you and your performance, the more useful the letter is to the admissions committee. Ask them whether they will be able to write you a strong letter of recommendation; if their answer is "no," find a different letter writer.
Remember to share with your letter writers:
- a current CV or resume
- professional statement
- information about the ADDC or IBH program
- why you are applying to the program
Tell the letter writers to include in their recommendation:
- how long they have known you and in what capacity
- their current position and organization
- your skills and experience that will prepare you to succeed in this program and your career as an addictions counselor, mental health counselor, or co-occurring disorders counselor
- how you have grown as a scholar or professional
- your leadership and/or collaboration experience
- your experiences with appropriate communication, conflict management, or empathy
- your performance in their course(s) or workplace
- Ask a current/former supervisor, colleague, or instructor.
- Ask them if they feel comfortable writing a strong recommendation.
- Have a backup writer in case of emergency.
- Talk with each letter writer about the program, your current/future interests, and professional goals.
- Give them a clear deadline (typically 4–6 weeks).
- Share your professional statement and resume or CV with your letter writers.
- Avoid asking a family member, friend, sponsor, or clergy member.
- Send the letter-writers a thank you!
Unofficial transcripts or academic records for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. If possible, make sure the institution has put your name on the transcript/record.
Resume or CV
Submit a current resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Make sure it is up-to-date and free of errors. In addition to work history, include relevant research experience or publications, volunteer activities, training, etc.
A nonrefundable application fee must be paid on submission.
Your complete application will include:
- An online application
- A professional statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- College transcripts
- A resume or curriculum vitae
- English language test scores (if applicable)
- An application fee
You will receive an admission decision four to six weeks after the application deadline. If you have questions about admission requirements, or would like advice on how to gather your application materials, please contact admissions advisor Steve Wicks.
Ready to apply?
Transferring Graduate Credits
You may be able to transfer up to 10 credits of graduate-level coursework completed prior to admission, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
Transfer coursework requirements:
- Taken at the University of Minnesota or another accredited institution
- Completed at the graduate level and listed on a graduate transcript
- Earned a grade of B or better
- Completed no more than five years prior to admission to the program
Transferring Undergraduate Credits
You may be able to transfer up to six of the ten transfer coursework credits taken as an undergraduate at the U of M, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Associate Director for Graduate Education.
Please email graduate enrollment advisor Steve Wicks to learn more.
English Language Proficiency
If your native language is not English, please submit scores from the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS English proficiency examination. Read more about required scores.
- Required TOEFL scores are 84 or above, with section scores of at least 21 on writing and at least 19 on reading.
- Required IELTS score is 6.5, with section scores of at least 6.5 for both - writing and reading.
- Required MELAB score is 84.
- Required Duolingo score is 110.
International students interested in the Master of Professional Studies in ADDC or IBH should contact the International Student and Scholar Service for information on visa status.
Financing Your Education
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid or CCAPS scholarships and must provide financial evidence showing that they can cover tuition, living expenses, and university health insurance, Student Health Benefit Plan, during their period of study. Note that international students cannot count on obtaining a job to finance all of their academic and living expenses and need to plan accordingly.
CCAPS does not offer graduate research or teaching assistantships. However, CCAPS graduate students may be eligible for a U of M graduate assistantship outside of the Master of Professional Studies in ADDC or IBH, which is basically a part-time job in research or teaching. These assistantships are highly competitive and are not guaranteed. You can view open graduate assistantships on the U of M Human Resources website.
To learn more about financing your education, visit Plan Your Expenses or make an appointment with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
All students admitted to the University of Minnesota’s Master of Professional Studies in ADDC or IBH are expected to complete a minimum of 880 hours of supervised internship at an area agency approved by internship faculty as part of their academic program. This requires a minimum of 20 hours per week for the duration of the internship course, which could impact curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT) for international students.
International students admitted to the Master of Professional Studies in ADDC or IBH program are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and ISSS when preparing for internship. Internships that occur during the summer session may allow more flexibility for international students, but this should be carefully explored with input from an advisor and ISSS. All paid internships occurring outside the UMN campus (“off campus”) must be authorized in advance by ISSS.
Verifying Licensure Requirements
The course work for this program fulfills the education and internship requirements for the following Minnesota licenses: the Minnesota Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (MNLADC) and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Each state/country has its own education and credentialing requirements for counselors. Students seeking to practice outside of Minnesota or the United States are responsible for verifying the licensing requirements for the state/country they are considering.
Taking a Course Before Admission
How to Register for Undergraduate Courses to Meet Prerequisites
Complete the steps outlined on the registration page for nondegree students. Undergraduate courses used to meet prerequisites will not count toward your degree requirements.
How to Register for Graduate-level Courses
Credit courses taken before admission may be applied toward your degree. You can take a graduate-level course before being admitted if:
- the course is graduate-level (4xxx-level or above), and
- you register for credit as a nondegree graduate student and pay graduate-level tuition.
Follow these steps to register:
- Find the course you want using the Schedule Builder tool.
- Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Nondegree Students form. Registration for nondegree students is not available online.
- Send the form to the department offering the course for authorization. Use this form each term until you are admitted to the program.
- The department offering the course will forward the form to the registrar or give you further instructions.
- You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.
You can find more information on the registration page for nondegree students.
Financing Your Education
CCAPS Graduate Education programs do not provide living stipends, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships as might be expected in a typical PhD program.
- US-based students: CCAPS offers modest financial need-based scholarships to eligible students, and a limited number of merit-based scholarships. However, in most cases students work while going to school in order to cover living expenses and pay tuition out of pocket, including health insurance.
- International students: Are not eligible for federal financial aid or CCAPS scholarships and must provide financial evidence showing that they can cover tuition, living expenses, and the Student Health Benefit plan health insurance during their period of study. To learn more about planning for these expenses, visit Plan Your Expenses or make an appointment with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
Fellowships and Grants
Fellowships offer the opportunity to fund your education without the work requirements of an assistantship or debt payments of a student loan.
Scholarships, Loans, and Financial Aid
Visit the CCAPS financial aid website to learn more about our collegiate scholarships, federal financial aid, and non-U of M financing options.
Some employers may help pay for your graduate education if it relates to your goals at work. Talk with your organization's human resources representative to learn more.
Why should your company invest in your education?
- You'll be able to handle more responsibilities and roles.
- Your employer will increase productivity, which will help it grow (or help it save money).
- Your employer could attract and help keep high-quality talent.
- Your employer will demonstrate a commitment to growth and the creation of mentors and leaders.
- You can cultivate job satisfaction.
You may be eligible for a U of M graduate assistantship outside of the ADDC or IBH programs, which is basically a part-time job in research or teaching. You can view open graduate assistantships on the U of M Human Resources website.
Graduate enrollment advisor Steve Wicks is happy to answer your questions about the ADDC or IBH program and the application procedure.
Or you can give Steve a call at 612-301-6127.