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  • Q: What are the admissions requirements for the MHS in Addictions Studies?

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    Students must have a 2.5 GPA in their undergraduate work. There are prerequisite courses for the program, but these prerequisites can be taken after admission to the program. The prerequisites include the following: 9 credits of addiction-related course work, including 3 credits in multicultural perspectives and completion of a course in research or statistics.

  • Q: What is the Admissions deadline?

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    The application deadlines are as follows:

    • Fall Semester — July 15
    • Spring Semester — November 15
    • Summer Semester — April 15


    Obtain a graduate admissions application from the GSU Admissions office. Have transcripts sent to the admissions office promptly. The application will not be forwarded to the department until it is complete.

  • Q: How many credit hours does it take to complete the Master's degree?

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    Once any prerequisite courses have been completed, the master’s degree requirements are 32 credits (29 core required courses and 3 credits of electives). You're encouraged to work at your own pace, depending on your work and family responsibilities. Many students take only two courses at a time.

  • Q:What credential do students obtain after graduation?

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    Our program is accredited by Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc., the agency that certifies addiction counselors. Students who complete the basic program, which includes a clinical internship, receive a waiver on half of the paid work experience normally required by IAODAPCA. Students who complete the advanced program, which includes an advanced internship, receive a full waiver of work experience and are ready to sit for the certification examination after graduation. (For more information about IAODAPCA, see the agency’s web site here.)

  • Q: If I am already certified and have experience working in the field, do I still need to complete an internship?

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    If you are certified and have more than five years’ experience in addiction treatment, you may be eligible for a waiver of the internship requirement. You must seek this waiver by contacting David O’Donnell, the program’s clinical coordinator. If you obtain a waiver, you must take four additional hours of electives in its place. Thirty-two credits is the absolute minimum requirement for the master’s.

  • Q: How will I know what courses I am required to take?

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    When you receive your letter of admission, you will note that you have been assigned an Academic Advisor. Make an appointment with your advisor as quickly as possible. He or she will work with you on your personal study plan.

  • Q: What do I need to do in order to get the undergraduate minor in addictions studies?

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    The undergraduate minor is made up 18 credit hours in addictions studies. You must have a study plan. Contact David O’Donnell, the advisor for the undergraduate minor, at dodonnell@govst.edu to create a study plan. Once you have completed the study plan, you must make sure that the advisor you have for your major has a copy for your official file.