Since the beginning of our master’s degree counseling program, we have welcomed students from 42 countries around the world. You will feel at home on a campus that is open to broad ideas, diverse cultures, and international perspectives. How to Apply Complete the online application, which includes writing a 750-1000 word essay. Pay the non-refundable application fee. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning. Foreign transcripts must be translated into American education equivalency by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services, Inc. It is the prospective student's responsibility to pay the fee for this service. Provide three letters of professional reference. A professional reference is typically an employer or former employer, a colleague, a client, a vendor or a 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 and qualities to be an effective addiction counselor, and personal and professional readiness to help others Participate in an admissions interview conducted by program faculty. 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 school also requires a statement and release of information regarding past sexual contact with any person under the age of 18 Complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An applicant who does not speak English as a first language is required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent. TOEFL requirements are the following: score of 213 or more on the computer-based test, or a score of 550 or more on the written test, or a score of 80 or more on the Internet-based test. If an applicant chooses the IELTS academic exam, a score of 6.0 must be achieved. TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.