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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you still have questions, please contact us at 612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564; ccapsinfo@umn.edu.

It depends on your personal and professional goals.

The IBH program:

  • prepares you for both the Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licenses
  • is 60 credits and includes an internship (approx. 880−1,320 hours)
  • must be completed and degree awarded within five calendar years after initial enrollment
  • requires a professional portfolio versus a final paper/exam

Graduates can open private practice and work as an independent clinical counselor (do not need to be supervised after obtaining the LPCC license).

Graduates may earn $56,000−$75,000+ with dual licensure.

The ADDC program:

  • prepares you for Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) licensure
  • is 30 credits and includes an internship (approx. 880 hours)
  • must be completed and degree awarded within five calendar years after initial enrollment 
  • is the best option if you are seeking to work as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor or if you already have your LPC, LPCC, MSW, LICSW, MFT, LMFT, or LP, and want to become dually licensed

Graduates with MNLADC licensure can earn $45,000−$50,000.

We offer a variety of learning formats, including face-to-face, online, and hybrid (some face-to-face and some online class sessions). However, at this time it is not possible to complete the program fully online.

Yes, ADDC is a master’s degree program, and therefore admitted students are eligible for financial aid.

Admitted students may be allowed to transfer up to 10 credits of previous graduate-level coursework. See Transferring Credits section under Admission Requirements.

While we can identify non-UMN coursework that meets our program requirements, the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (MNBBHT) ultimately reviews and determines coursework that meets licensing requirements. Contact the MNBBHT to discuss your specific situation.

We recommend that students with these licenses apply to the ADDC program.

Not directly, no. Many students are hired by their internship site when they have completed the internship and obtain the required license. In addition, the program receives notices of positions and posts these opportunities for admitted students.

Each state has its own education and credentialing requirements for counselors. You should check the licensing requirements for the state you are considering.

The number of credits you take should be based on your work demands, family, and other commitments, as well as the difficulty of the coursework. At the graduate level, full-time status is 6 or more credits. The University of Minnesota’s policy on expected graduate student academic work per credit is that it will exceed 3 hours per credit per week.