A New, 60-hour Concentration 

The Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health Department now offers a 60-hour Master of Health Science in Addictions Studies - Addictions Counseling Concentration.

You are eligible to apply for this program if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a current student in the MHS in Addictions Studies Program;
  2. You have achieved candidacy status;
  3. You have no grade of "C" or less in any core courses; and
  4. You have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher in all completed core courses.

A Curriculum Centered on Evidence-Based Research

It’s important not to view counseling strictly from a substance abuse perspective.The Addictions Counseling Concentration is a highly integrated program, exposing you to a wide range of well-established clinical therapies, like Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among others.

By keeping up with the latest trends in clinical counseling, our Addictions Counseling Concentration allows you to choose aspects of these approaches that work, and from there customize a treatment plan for your client.
Our program is a response to all the evidence-based research on clinical practices; we help you translate that research into clinical practice. Our coursework focuses on evidence-based practices, with an emphasis on improving clinical outcomes. We’re preparing you for 21st century practices, as well as additional degreed credentials. 

And since addiction, like any disease, affects the entire family, you will gain enhanced capabilities of working with family members. Addiction is very often a co-occurring disorder — appearing with clinical depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Addictions Counseling Concentration addresses these issues, as well.
We are also broadening and expanding our clinical sites and experiences, so our students have skills far beyond an entry-level counselor.

How to Apply

Please read the following instructions carefully to insure that your application will be processed in a timely manner. If you need any assistance or have questions, please contact the department at 708.534.4910.

Please note: The Application Deadline for Spring admission is November 15. The Application Deadline for Fall admission is July 15.

Completed applications must be received by the Department of Addictions Studies, Room G124, by the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Application Packet Contents

The following are to be included in your application packet:
  • Application
  • Candidacy Application
  • Change of Status Form
  • Application for MHS Concentration in Addictions Counseling
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding

       Applicants will not be considered if any materials are missing from the application packet.

MHS in Addictions Studies - Addictions Counseling Concentration Candidacy Application

MHS in Addictions Studies -- Addictions Counseling Concentration Application

MHS in Addictions Studies - Addictions Counseling Concentration Letter of Recommendation

*Note: You will need to obtain three letters of recommendation.

MHS in Addictions Studies - Addictions Counseling Concentration Curriculum

MHS in Addictions Studies - Counseling Concentration Memorandum of Understanding

MHS in Addictions Studies - Addictions Counseling Concentration Application Checklist

Link to Change of Status Form

Link to MHS in Addictions Studies - Addictions Counseling Concentration Fact Sheet (PDF)

    Link to Information in Current GSU Catalog