Addiction Counseling Graduate Certificate Admission & Application Requirements


  • Summer: 
  • Fall: November 1, 2023 and April 1, 2024
  • Spring: November 15 (flexible)

Part 1: Graduate Studies Application

Admission Requirement
  1. Online graduate application

Submit the Graduate Online Application - This is only the first step in the application process.

  1. $35 Non-Refundable application fee for all graduate applications

After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

  • Log in to eServices with your StarID.
  • Click on Bills and Payment, and you will be able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.

Note: Upon completion of the application form in step one, you will receive an email in 1-2 business days giving instructions for the remaining steps and completing the program application in Part 2. Please note that the steps below cannot be completed until you receive that email. If you do not receive the email with Self Service Center instructions, please contact the Graduate Studies Office.

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Contact ALL the colleges and universities you have attended and have your transcripts sent to:

Graduate Studies Office, MSU Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563

You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other Minnesota State system institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.

Part 2: Graduate Program Application

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major required

This requirement will be verified by the Graduate Studies Office and the department.

  1. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits

This requirement will be verified by the Graduate Studies Office and the department.

  1. Personal Statement/Essay
Prepare a 350 word statement on personal career goals. Put your name on the page.
  • Log in to the Self Service Center site (allow 24 hours after application submission before logging in).
  • Select the “Applications” tab, where you will see your graduate application listed.
  • Select “Summary” to see a list of all program requirements and corresponding statuses.
  • Upload document by selecting the “Upload” link under the respective “Action” column.
  1. Interview

An informational interview is recommended, but not required. Contact the Program Coordinator.

  1. Criminal background check through CastleBranch required after admission.

If offered admission, this will be required prior to any practicum or internship placement:

  • Go to:
  • Select: Place Order
  • Select: Counseling and Student Affairs
  • Select: I am a new student
  • Enter all required information — it is important to disclose any charges that could potentially be on your record.
  • Previous address information is necessary. If you do not know the exact address, please be sure to include the county of residence.
  • Processing will take 48-72 hours, so place your order well before the application deadline.
  • Information will be shared with the school.
  • Cost is $55.50 for full Background Check.
  • If there is a problem with the link above, contact Castle Branch Service Desk at 888.723.4263.