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Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health

IBH alum Elizabeth Stolt on a walkway overlooking the river in St Paul

The Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) prepares counselors to treat clients with mental health, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. The IBH program provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation in integrative treatment modalities, clinical skills, professional and ethical responsibilities, and client advocacy. 

Why Choose the IBH Program?

  • You will have met the Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MNLADC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) educational requirements
  • Our comprehensive, integrated curriculum addresses both mental health and substance use disorders
  • A real-world application reflects state-of-the-art, evidence-based best practices
  • A case-based learning approach to enhance understanding of counseling theories and techniques
  • A client-centered focus that recognizes more than one treatment ideology
  • A diverse and inclusive student experience

Requirements and Courses

To earn the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health, complete 60 credits. You have up to five years to complete the degree.

Required Courses (55 credits)

Electives (5 credits)

Elective courses must relate to counseling, human development, or human services, or must enhance your understanding of mental health, co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, or human behavior within a broader context. Obtain approval from the Director of Graduate Studies to take electives outside the IBH.

For detailed course information, visit the U of M Schedule Builder.

Course Name Course Number Credits
Methods and Models III: Synthesis Seminar in Client-Centered Care IBH 6021 2
Methods and Models IV: Trauma and Anxiety IBH 6031 2
Trauma Focused Approaches and Crisis Intervention IBH 6036 2
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD IBH 6041 2
Advanced Group Practice IBH 6051 2
Adolescents and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders IBH 6222 2
Supervision Models and Methods in Integrated Behavioral Health IBH 6227 3
Clinical Application in Prolonged Exposure Therapy IBH 6230  3
Introduction to Navigating Issues of Sexual Health and Gender in the Therapy Session IBH 6232 2
DBT Skills Training: Group Practices and Treatment Modalities IBH 6233 2
Counseling Grief and Loss IBH 6234 2
Topics IBH 6910 1-3
Foundations of Human Sexuality HSEX 6001 3
Sexual Function and Dysfunction HSEX 6012 3
Perspective and Practices in Sexual Health Education HSEX 6013 3
Introduction to Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults HSEX 6014 3

Youth Specialization

If you are interested in counseling youth, this specialization will add competencies in psychopathology and resilience, and application of theory and research to meet the needs of youth, families, and communities. As part of the specialization you will also earn a graduate minor in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. 

This optional specialization requires additional coursework beyond the IBH degree’s minimum credits and a youth-focused internship. Please be aware that legal convictions may disqualify you from internship and clinical practice. Anyone seeking this specialization will be required to pass a background check before internship.

Career Outlook

“Currently, there is a shortage of addictions practitioners in the state of Minnesota,” says Debra Wamsley, Director of Graduate Studies. “Our degree effectively prepares future clinicians to successfully practice in this rapidly changing landscape.”


  • 37%

    Expected employment growth in mental health and behavioral therapy occupations between 2020-30 in Minnesota*

In fact, in Minnesota, mental health and behavioral therapy positions that request a LADC and/or an LPC have an average salary 63 percent higher than the average across all positions.* 

Your future career could be as a:*

  • Mental Health Therapist  
  • Behavioral Health Counselor
  • Behavioral Health Therapist
  • Social/Human Service Assistant
  • Senior Clinical Supervisor

* Burning Glass Technologies: Program Insight™, accessed 10/28/21.

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

Admission to the IBH program is competitive and all applications are reviewed to ensure a good fit for academic success. Notification of admission decisions is made within four to six weeks after the application deadline.

We strive to be equitable in the admissions process. Our program thrives with the inclusion of students from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. Our admissions committee reviews applications holistically including all components of the application, and does not require standardized test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have questions about the admission requirements or would like advice on how to put together application materials, please contact us.

The following items are required for admission:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution, or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.0*

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

* In exceptional circumstances, promising applicants with lower GPA may be considered for the program. An explanation for GPA, and evidence that academic success at the graduate level is achievable, must be addressed in the application (extenuating circumstances).

  1. First, access the online application.
  2. All required application materials must be electronically attached to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • Professional statement: Two to three pages, double-spaced, should address pertinent aspects of your background and academic qualifications and should demonstrate a strong interest in mental health and substance use disorders, including documentation of any relevant training or employment.
  • Diversity statement: Optional
  • Extenuating Circumstances statement: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please provide an explanation.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be solicited from individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities (including strengths and weaknesses), personality, character, and potential for graduate-level academic success and professional achievement.


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.

GRE Scores

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee must be paid on submission.

You may be able to transfer up to 24 credits of graduate-level coursework completed prior to admission, with 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 higher;
  • completed no more than five years before admission to the program.

The IBH program does not accept transfer credits that were completed at the undergraduate level and/or listed on an undergraduate transcript.

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.

International students interested in the Integrated Behavioral Health program should contact the International Student and Scholar Service for information on visa status.

Credit courses taken before admission may be applied toward this 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:

  1. Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Nondegree Students Form. Registration for nondegree students is not available online.
  2. Send the form to the department offering the courses for authorization. This form must be used each term until you are admitted to a program.
  3. Upon authorization, the department offering the graduate course will forward the form to the registrar or provide you with further instructions.
  4. You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.

More information can be found on the One Stop page for nondegree students.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

If you would like to be considered for any available scholarship funding for newly admitted graduate students, you must complete the annual FAFSA for the upcoming academic year. Choose the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as your school within FAFSA.

COVID-19 Information

Prospective Students: Please connect with enrollment advisor Steve Wicks with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

Current Students: Reach out to your academic advisor with any questions.

The U of M Online website offers helpful tips and resources for students for successful online learning.

Let's Connect

You can learn more about the Integrated Behavioral Health program in a way that works for you. Enrollment Advisor Steve Wicks is here to help.

Steve Wicks headshot

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

Do you have a more detailed question or want to tell us a little bit about yourself before the meeting? Fill out this brief questionnaire.

Meet Steve

Steve works with prospective students who are interested in one of our graduate programs or certificates. He is happy to answer your questions about our degrees, admission requirements, and the application procedure. In his free time, he can usually be found in the woods or on the water, or cheering on all the Wisconsin sports teams.