Program Description The Master's in Counseling: Addiction program
prepares students who wish to qualify for addiction counseling careers and
become licensed professional counselors and certified advanced addiction
counselors. Students will gain knowledge and experience in research, testing
procedures, career development, consulting, counseling theories, ethics,
techniques and philosophy. Elective hours will allow the individual student to
gain additional knowledge and experience in areas of particular interest.
Service Delivery The Master's in Counseling: Addiction Counseling program is offered in three formats. Traditional 16-week face to face courses on the CMU campus in Mt. Pleasant; 8-week face-to-face cohort courses offered at extension sites in Dearborn, MI, Southfield, MI, Grand Rapids, MI and Saginaw, MI; and 8-week online courses available in Mt. Pleasant and at extension sites.
The MA in Counseling is also available with
concentrations in Clinical Mental Health, and School Counseling. Click here for
details and locations.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
Addiction counseling students may also
apply for funding to engage in innovative service learning projects benefiting
communities through the Counseling and Special Education (CSE) for
Change program. In addition, various opportunities to engage in research
projects with faculty are available.
Graduate Assistantships may be available
through this graduate program. Please contact the Department of Counseling and Special Education for details. Graduate students are
eligible to apply for professional development funds to attend professional
conferences and events.
Application deadlines are February 1 for
Summer and Fall admission, and September 1 for Spring admission
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 program website for more details and additional
A complete application includes:
- a Graduate Application;
- all Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate course work - directly sent to the Admissions Processing department (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be sent directly to the Admissions Processing Department (use code 1106); *GRE exams will be waived for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants!
- 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.
After the completion of required coursework, students will complete a
100-hour practicum in CMU's Center for Community Counseling and
Development or an off-site addiction counseling agency setting; and a
600-hour internship experience in the addiction counseling field under the
mentorship of a licensed counselor. Prior to graduation, students must
successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive
The counseling program is currently pursuing accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and
Related Educational Programs (CACREP).