Workforce trends indicate a growing need for graduates trained in integrated care across several human service and mental health oriented professions. The Graduate Minor in Addictions provides in-demand expertise and a valuable credential that can complement your graduate degree.

The minor offers students the opportunity work with expert faculty to expand their foundational knowledge of addictions for their research or career development.

The Graduate Minor in Addictions does not lead to licensure on its own. Students in related degrees, such as a master's in social work or nursing, seeking licensure would take this minor in addition to specific host program coursework and internship requirements toward the Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) credential.


The Graduate Minor in Addictions is available to any student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Minnesota. A minimum 2.8 GPA is required.

How to Declare the Minor

Declaring the Addictions Minor can easily be done electronically.

  1. Sign in to MyU
  2. Go to
  3. At the top of the page, click on "Forms"
  4. Under Forms, click on "Academic Status"
  5. Under Academic Status, click on "Graduate Minor Request" (This will launch the form. Your name and primary degree program information will auto-fill on the form.)
  6. Go to the section "Add a Minor" and type in the field "Addictions Minor"
  7. After you submit the form, please send an email to to indicate you’ve initiated the Minor Request. 


To earn the Graduate Minor in Addictions, complete the 12 credits below and earn a B- or better.

Admissions Advising

Graduate enrollment advisor Steve Wicks is happy to answer your questions about the Addictions minor and the application procedure.

Or you can give Steve a call at 612-301-6127.