This program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any field with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.


  1. Fill out an MSU online graduate school application and pay the $60 fee. You will also be asked to provide:
    1. The names and email addresses of two (2) recommenders who will provide letters of recommendation, speaking to:
      • your ability to perform in a graduate program
      • your experience in relevant fields
      • or your ability to work in a helping profession
    2. A three-page (3-page) essay addressing:
      • Your motivation for entering the field of addictions counseling
      • Your commitment to finishing the graduate program
      • Your professional aspirations (what do you want to do as an addiction counselor)
      Your essay can be uploaded to the graduate application when prompted.
  2. Send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to:

    The Graduate School 
    Montana State University 
    PO Box 172580 
    Bozeman, MT 59717-2580

Admissions Deadline:

  • April 15 for Fall or Summer semester start
  • November 15 for Spring semester start

For More Information

About the Program

Contact Katey Franklin, Program Director, at or (406) 994-3283.

About the Application Process

Contact Hilary Becker, Program Coordinator, at or (406) 994-2379.

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