‚ÄčProgram Description

The Addiction Counseling Master's Program prepares students who wish to qualify for licensure as Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Michigan and who wish to work in the addiction field. Students will gain knowledge and experience in research , testing procedures, career development, consulting, counseling theories, ethics, techniques and philosophy. Elective hours will allow the student to gain additional knowledge and experience in areas of particular interest. Potential work settings include: community-based social service agencies, institutions of higher education, criminal justice institutions, counseling personnel in public and private schools, and private practice.

At select CMU satellite locations, the M.A. in Counseling may be available with concentrations in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health, and School Counseling.  Click here for details and locations.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Graduate assistantships may be available through this graduate program. Please contact the Department of Counseling and Special Education for more details. Graduate students are eligible to apply for professional development funds to attend professional conferences and events.

Admission Requirements

Application deadlines are February 1 for Summer and Fall admission, and September 1 for Spring admission each year.

You must hold a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7. Admission may be considered if your GPA is less than 2.7.

Please visit our department website for more details and additional information.

A complete application includes:

  • a Graduate Application;
  • all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate course work - directly sent to the Admissions Processing department (transcipts@cmich.edu);
  • recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be sent directly to the Admissions Processing Department (use code 1106);
  • written Statement of Purpose and General Plans for Graduate Study; plus
  • two completed Program Recommendation Forms with Attached Letters are required for your application. Letters from family members or friends are not acceptable. Use the following Program Recommendation Form to provide to those people from whom you wish to receive recommendations: Program Letter of Recommendation Form.

Apply online at apply.cmich.edu.

Graduation Requirements

After the completion of required coursework, students will complete a 100-hour practicum in CMU's Center for Community Counseling and Development and a 600-hour internship experience in the counseling field under the mentorship of a licensed counselor. Prior to graduation, students must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).


The counseling program is currently pursuing accreditation through the
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

For More Information

Department of Counseling and Special Education
321 EHS Building
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859