Degree Requirements and Courses

The IBH is a rigorous, comprehensive preservice education and clinical application program that prepares students for dual licensure as LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor).

A minimum of 60 credits, which includes an 880-hour internship (field placement), is required to complete the degree. The credit and internship requirements are designed to fulfill licensing requirements as defined in the Minnesota Statutes section 148B.54, subdivision 2, and Minnesota Rules parts 2150.2500 to 2150.2660. As noted in the statute, “the national trend for master’s programs in counseling is towards 60 semester credits”. In order for a practitioner to be eligible for third-party reimbursement for services, the practitioner must demonstrate a minimum of 60 semester graduate-level credits in counseling course work.

Transferring Credits

You may be allowed to transfer up to 24 credits of previous graduate-level course work (credits must appear on a graduate transcript) from other institutions, as determined by the IBH Director of Graduate Studies.

Completing the Degree

You may take one or more course per term, and you have up to five years to complete the master's degree. You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.8 or higher. Only course work for which you have earned a grade B- or better will be counted toward the minimum of 60 semester credits for the degree.

To view specific course descriptions and details, visit the Class Search.

Required Courses (50 credits)

ADDS 5011 Foundations in Addiction Studies (2 credits)
ADDS 5021 Introduction to Evidence Based Practices and the Helping Relationship (3 credits)
ADDS 5031 Applied Psychopharmacology (2 credits)
ADDS 5041 Methods and Models I: Motivational Counseling (2 credits)
ADDS 5051 Methods and Models II: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2 credits)
ADDS 5061 Foundations of Group Work (3 credits)
ADDS 5071 Foundations of Co-occurring Disorders (2 credits)
ADDS 5081 Multicultural Foundations of Behavioral Health (3 credits)
ADDS 5091 Assessment and Treatment Planning I (3 credits)
ADDS 5121 Professional Seminar 1 (1 credit)
IBH 6011 Foundations in Differential Diagnosis (3 credits)
IBH 6022 Foundations of Psychological Assessment (2 credits)
IBH 6031 Methods and Models IV: Trauma and Anxiety, Assessment and Treatment Intervention (2 credits)
IBH 6051 Advanced Group Practice (2 credits)
IBH 6061 Applied Advanced Diagnostics I (2 credits)
IBH 6071 Advanced Professional Issues (3 credits)
IBH 6081 Human Lifespan Development and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
IBH 6091 Intersection of Career and Mental Health (2 credits)
IBH 6101 Family Dynamics and Therapy (3 credits)
IBH 6111 Research and Evaluation Methods (3 credits)
IBH 6121 Professional Seminar 2 (1 credit)
IBH 8002 Portfolio Seminar (1 credit)

Required Internship (4 credits)

A minimum of 2 credits/440 hours of ADDS 5996 must be completed near the program's midway point. If a student enters the program with the Alcohol and Drug Counseling License, they will not take the ADDS 5996 internship. Instead, they will enroll in IBH 6996 for 4 credits (880 hours).

Take 1−2 course(s) totalling exactly 4 credits from the following:

  • ADDS 5996 Internship in Substance Abuse Counseling (1−4 credits)
  • IBH 6996 Internship for Integrated Behavioral Health (1−4 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

Elective courses must relate to counseling, human development, or human services, or must enhance your understanding of mental health, co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, or human behavior within a broader context. Electives taken outside of IBH must be pre-approved by the IBH Director of Graduate Studies. The following is a tentative course list:

IBH 6021 Methods and Models III: Synthesis Seminar in Client Centered Care (2 credits)
IBH 6032 Advanced Multicultural Practice (1 credit)
IBH 6041 Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD (2 credits)
IBH 6222 Adolescents and Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders (2 credits)
IBH 6227 Supervision Models and Methods in Integrated Behavioral Health (3 credits)
IBH 6228 Mental Health and Addiction Program Administration (2 credits)
IBH 6229 Crisis Assessment and Management (2 credits)
IBH 6231 Management of Eating Disorders (3 credits)
IBH 6993 Directed Study in Integrated Behavioral Health (1−3 credits)
IBH 6994 Directed Research in Integrated Behavioral Health (1−3 credits)


To obtain the LADC, you will need to complete a predegree licensing requirement of 880 field placement hours, which is generally unpaid. You will need to be registered for ADDS 5996/IBH 6996 and have the internship appear on an academic transcript. The internship credits will be applied toward the IBH degree requirements and will serve as elective credits.

According to the Minnesota Statutes for licensure, the internship must meet the following guidelines:

  • The student is supervised by a person with at least a bachelor's degree, is licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor or an allied licensed professional such as an LPCC or LICSW, with two years of direct counseling experience.
  • The internship is with a licensed chemical dependency program.

For the LADC internship, you need to complete ADDS 5011−5091 (do not need ADDS 5051, but need it for IBH). Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. However, there are no exceptions made for ADDS 5011, 5021, 5031, 5041, 5061, and 5091 (or approved equivalent coursework), so these courses must be completed before taking the internship. You can take ADDS 5071 or 5081 while you are in the internship. 

There are two options for completing the LADC internship.

Option 1: Complete the LADC Early (4 ADDS 5996 internship credits + 2 IBH 6996 internship credits = 6 credits/1,320 hours)
If you wish to work as an LADC while finishing the IBH degree requirements, you will need to complete the LADC courses (ADDS 5011 through 5091) and internship (ADDS 5996 for 880 hours). You will also need to take the licensing exam and apply for the license. To meet program requirements, you will also need to complete an additional internship (IBH 6996 for 440 hours) toward the end of the program. The advantage of this option is that you can work while finishing the rest of your degree; however, you will not be able to select as many elective credits.

Option 2: Wait to Complete the LADC (2 ADDS 5996 internship credits, midway + 2 IBH 6996 internship credits, at the end = 4 credits/880 hours)
All students are required to complete 440 hours of internship midway through the program. If you are not interested in obtaining the LADC right away, you can wait to complete the remaining 440 hours of internship at the end of the program. The advantage of this option is that you can take more elective credits; however, you cannot use your LADC to work until you complete the program, including the internship.

Note: If you have already obtained your LADC and took ADDS 5011 through 5091, or courses with similar content as part of your previous LADC training, and if these courses are less than eight years old, you do not need to take ADDS 5011 through 5091. If you took these courses as part of an undergraduate program or at the undergraduate level, you may select elective courses to replace the credits needed for the total 60 credits required for the LPCC. If your previous coursework is on a graduate transcript, you may be able to transfer those credits into IBH. Please consult with the IBH program to determine which courses are eligible for transfer and which course content has been previously fulfilled.

To obtain the LPCC, you will need to complete a post-degree licensing requirement of 4,000 hours, which is paid. After you complete IBH and secure a job, you will be supervised for the 4,000 hours.

For detailed information on the LADC and LPCC licensing requirements, visit the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) website.

Professional Counselor Portfolio

Portfolios offer a rich opportunity for you to create a personally meaningful account of your growth, skill, and knowledge development, competencies, and accomplishments during the program. It is also a vehicle through which you can reflect upon crucial components of your counselor training experience and how diverse activities and insights have contributed to your professional development. You will work on your portfolio in an ongoing manner throughout the IBH program. It will be used periodically as a tool for reflection, evaluation, and feedback. The overall purpose is to collect and combine examples of experience and mastery with reflection on their meaning or significance. An information session will be held with all IBH students during their first semester of course work to review the portfolio process.