The steps below are required in order to fulfill admission requirements. Complete an online application which includes a 750-1000 word essay. Pay the non-refundable application fee. Provide three letters of professional reference. A professional reference is typically an employer or former employer, colleague, client, vendor or current supervisor. Recent college graduates might consider professors, academic advisors, or other college personnel. Your referents will be required to comment on your academic achievement skills or professional skills and abilities; qualities to be an effective addiction counselor; and personal and professional readiness to help others. Participate in an admissions interview conducted by program faculty. Applicants to our on-campus degree programs have additional steps in the admission progress: Complete a background study to comply with Minnesota Statutes, chapter 245C. A complete caregiver background check is also required for the State of Wisconsin under Wisconsin HFS12. These are both required for all students who will have direct contact with patients. According to Minnesota Statute 148A, students are also required to sign a statement and release of information regarding past sexual contact with, or exploitation of, patients or former patients. The graduate school also requires a statement and release of information regarding past sexual contact with any person under the age of 18 Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning. International Students We welcome students from around the world to apply to the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Learn about additional requirements for international students. Technology Requirements Students should have a set of minimum technology skills and systems needed in order to complete your degree. Learn more.