Graduate Degree Programs

Admission Standards

Students meeting either of the following standards may be admitted:

  1. Students holding an earned master's degree in a relevant field are eligible. Relevant fields include counseling, social work, family therapy, psychology, human services, expressive arts therapies, public health, and nursing. Graduate-level coursework in counseling theories, counseling techniques, and psychopathology is required, either as part of the master's degree program or separately. Applicants who hold an appropriate degree, but lack one or more of these courses, may (with the approval of program director and department chair) be permitted to complete that coursework as part of the certificate program. This would increase the total number of credits required for program completion.
  2. Students lacking a master's degree must meet all of the following criteria:
    1. An earned bachelor's degree with a major in psychology, social work, or a closely related field and a cumulative grade-point average (G.P.A.) of 3.30 or higher;
    2. Completion of at least 9 graduate-level credits (courses in counseling theories, counseling techniques, and psychopathology) with grades of B or above in each course. These could be taken at Albertus Magnus concurrently with some Addiction Counseling certificate courses, but admission to the certificate program would be provisional until they were successfully completed.
    3. At least 1,000 hours' employment (e.g., one year as a half-time employee) as a direct care provider in a facility that serves clients diagnosed with substance use disorders.

Students in the latter stages of relevant master's degree programs at this school (i.e., the M.S. in Human Services and M.A. in Art Therapy programs) may be admitted provisionally prior to degree completion if their schedules make this feasible.

Admission is expected to be competitive, and the entire application will be considered. Meeting the basic standards does not guarantee admission. Conversely, students falling slightly short of the preferred standards may be able to qualify based on other achievements.