Addictions Studies Program Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • 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 http://www.iaodapca.org/.)

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

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    Yes, you are still required to complete an internship. However, if you are certified and have more than five years of recent experience in addiction treatment, you have the option to do a thesis. You can discuss the thesis option with the clinical coordinator, Professor David O’Donnell.  

  • What is required to complete internship?

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    Internship is to be completed in the last semester. It requires students to complete 300 clock hours at an internship site in one semester.

  • 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. To see the list of courses you may click here.

  • What is the cost to attend Governors State University?

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    Go to http://www.govst.edu/tuition to get the current tuition rates.

  • How many credit hours are considered full-time?

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    For graduate students, registering for 9 credit hours is considered full-time status and registering for 6 credit hours is considered part-time.  

     

  • If I want to complete the program fully online, do I have to come to campus at any time for anything? Such as exams, etc.

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    No. The fully online program allows students to complete the program from anywhere without having to come to campus. Even advising sessions are held via phone. 

     

  • I have heard about the Addictions Counseling Concentration. I am not sure what this is. It is a different program?

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    No, this is not a separate degree program. Students must already be admitted in the 32 hour program in order to be eligible to apply for the concentration.  Current students who are interested in sitting for the LPC (License Professional Counselor) exam can apply for the Addictions Counseling Concentration once they have completed the required courses in the 32 hour program. The application is a departmental application so there are no additional fees required.

     

    The concentration is an additional 29 credit hours added to the currently required 32 hour program so that you will complete a total of 60 credit hours and be able to sit not only for the CADC exam, but also the LPC exam. To learn more click here.

     

    Note: Students cannot graduate from the 32 hour program and return to complete the Addictions Counseling Concentration courses. Because this is not a different degree, all requirements must be completed while a student in the program.

  • What are the requirements to apply to the Counseling Concentration?

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    Current student in the MHS in Addictions Studies Program;

    Achieved candidacy status;

    Have no grade of "C" or less in any core courses; and

    Have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher in all completed core courses.

  • Where can students find the application materials for the counseling concentration?

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    Application materials can be found in the portal. The easiest way to access it is to open any of your Advisors’ emails and click on the link provided under the signature.

  • When are the application deadlines?

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    Students can only apply for the spring and fall semesters.

                                    Spring – November 15th

                                    Fall – July 15th

     

  • If I am currently in internship and I decide to apply for the concentration, will they have to repeat internship in the counseling concentration?

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    Yes. The internship for the 32-hour program will not meet the requirements for the counseling concentration.  

     

  • If I am unable to complete the concentration full-time can I complete it part-time?

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    Yes. The program is designed to be completed in five semesters full-time, and seven semesters part-time.

  • 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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    A:

    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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    A:

    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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    Yes, you are still required to complete an internship. However, if you are certified and have more than five years of recent experience in addiction treatment, you have the option to do a thesis. You can discuss the thesis option with the clinical coordinator, Professor David O’Donnell.  

  • 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.